"A big question in the wake of Michael Jackson's sudden death is what happens now with his three children," said CBS News. Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman says the children—Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince, born in 1997; Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, born in 1998; and Prince Michael Jackson II, known as Blanket, born in 2002—are with their nanny and their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, for now. (see photos of Jackson's children)
"Normally, the kids would simply go and live with their mother," said Kristy Stevens-Young in Examiner.com. But Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson's first two children, gave up her parental rights after a court fight. Court papers even show that Rowe was asked what would happen if Jackson should die, and she said, "I'm sure he's he has a wonderful person in mind to take care of them."
We'll know soon enough who that person is, said Mark Coleman in Britain's Telegraph. The mother of Jackson's third child—7-year-old Blanket—has never been divulged, but she probably gave up her parental rights, too. So Michael Jackson's will should be the final word on "who the singer chose to care for his children in the event of his death."
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