- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Katherine Jackson’s attorney says he has spoken with his client for the first time in several days and she is on her way back to Los Angeles.

Perry Sanders Jr. says the Jackson family matriarch called him Wednesday after a hearing in which she was suspended as guardian of her late son Michael’s three children.

He says Katherine Jackson sounded lucid and normal, but declined to say what the pair discussed.

Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts and condition were the subject of Wednesday’s hearing during which a judge temporarily relieved her of guardianship duties.


TJ Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson, was appointed temporary guardian of the children, who range in ages from 10 to 15 years old.

Sanders says he plans to meet with his client Thursday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A judge on Wednesday stepped into the turmoil roiling the Jackson family, appointing the son of Tito Jackson to serve as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s children in the absence of the family matriarch and in the midst a feud over the pop superstar’s estate.

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 appointed Tito Joe “TJ” Jackson to serve as temporary guardian with the ability to control the hilltop home where the children live and to take on other supervision duties.

Beckloff said there was no evidence that Katherine Jackson had done anything wrong but instead it appeared she was being prevented from fulfilling her role as guardian through the “intentional acts of third parties.” He didn’t elaborate.

He also said the children _ Prince, Paris and Blanket _ cannot be taken outside California without court approval.

The developments came after days of turmoil among the Jackson family that included a relative reporting Katherine Jackson missing before she was located safely with other family members in Arizona and an altercation between relatives on Monday.

Jermaine Jackson has said his mother was following doctor’s orders to cut off communications with the children, who range in ages from 10 to 15. He didn’t provide further details.

Katherine Jackson’s lawyer, Perry Sanders Jr., said she had high blood pressure before she left for Arizona.

His co-counsel, Sandra Ribera, expressed concerned that Katherine Jackson may have been held against her will. She said one of the singer’s children told her a conversation with the 82-year-old woman on Tuesday seemed to be monitored and influenced by others in the room.

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