Father says he can't turn over missing Mich. boys

The search continues in and around Morenci, Michigan for three little boys who have been missing since Thanksgiving.

January 28, 2011 12:32:36 PM PST
The father of three Michigan boys missing since Thanksgiving says he's unable to turn over the children to their mother.

John Skelton appeared Friday for a brief court hearing as part of his divorce case. The judge asked him whether he was prepared to give the children to their mother, and he answered: "I can't."

A pre-trial hearing is March 18.

Skelton is charged with parental kidnapping in the disappearance. They were last seen were at his home in Morenci along the Michigan-Ohio state line.

He said during a custody hearing in December that he gave his sons to someone from an "organization."

Authorities and volunteers searched for the boys in Ohio and Michigan. A police chief leading the effort has said he didn't expect a positive outcome.

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