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Susan Powell's husband loses custody of sons

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(CBS/KIRO/AP) TACOMA, Wash. - The husband of missing Utah mom, Susan Powell, is temporarily losing the right to care for his children after officials questioned Wednesday whether he is responsible for his wife's disappearance.

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Judge Kathryn Nelson said there is reasonable cause to believe the two boys cannot be safely returned to the home of Josh Powell, so she granted temporary custody to Susan Powell's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox. Josh Powell will have visitation rights.

Powell is a person of interest in his wife's disappearance, but he has not been charged and insists he did nothing wrong. John Long, an assistant attorney general, described during Wednesday's hearing a variety of concerns he has about Josh Powell, including that he has been uncooperative with law enforcement.

"It leads the state to believe that he is responsible for her disappearance," Long said.

Another of the concerns that Long raised was that the children had been living in the home of Steve Powell, Josh Powell's father, who was charged this month with voyeurism and possessing child pornography. Josh Powell said he wasn't aware of any illegal pornography and said there were no signs that it was in the home.

Complete coverage of the Susan Powell case on Crimesider

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