TJ Jackson appointed temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's children

From left, Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson are seen onstage during the hand and footprint ceremony honoring their father, musician Michael Jackson, in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2012. The ceremony was held to celebrate the "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" by Cirque du Soleil. AP Photo/Matt Sayles

From left, Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson are seen during the hand and footprint ceremony in Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2012.
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(CBS/AP) A judge has appointed Tito Jackson's son, TJ Jackson, as a temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's children.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff temporarily suspended Katherine Jackson as the children's guardian because she is in Arizona and hadn't spoken with them in several days. He said there was no evidence that she had done anything wrong and that he would restore her to the guardian role after she returned.

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TJ Jackson appeared in court Wednesday and sought the temporary appointment, but his attorney said he wasn't trying to replace Katherine Jackson permanently.

TJ Jackson says he spoke with Katherine Jackson on Tuesday, but she sounded strange. He says she was using words he's never heard her use and her voice at times sounded slurred.

"I've never heard my grandmother talk like that," TJ Jackson said reluctantly. "In every way. The sound in her voice. The pauses."

The appointment comes after days of turmoil among the Jackson family, with a relative reporting Katherine Jackson missing before she was located safely with other family members in Arizona.

Katherine Jackson has been the court-appointed guardian of her son Michael's three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. The children have remained at the home they share with their grandmother in Calabasas.

The house was the scene of a family disturbance Monday that sheriff's deputies continue to investigate.

Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris, has posted updates in recent days on Twitter, including her displeasure with not being allowed to speak with her grandmother for more than a week. On Tuesday, she wrote, "9 days and counting... so help me god I will make whoever did this pay."

She updated her Twitter page on Wednesday, too:

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