Judge orders an investigation into Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt

In the aftermath of Paris Jackson’s attempted suicide on Wednesday, the judge who is in charge of handling the late Michael Jackson’s estate and custody of his children has ordered an investigation into her well-being.

CNN reports that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff has asked Cary Ornelas, an investigator in the probate court, to prepare a report regarding the status of the 15-year-old daughter of the pop icon. Paris is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation in a Los Angeles hospital after cutting her wrist and ingesting a large number of ibuprofen pills.

As TMZ reports, the written report should include “any recommendations relating to the minor child’s health, education and welfare.” However, the judge’s order doesn’t include instructions on how the review should be conducted or when the written report was due, according to The Washington Post.

On Friday, Katherine Jackson’s lawyer Perry Sanders said the family is “completely supportive of the court’s actions.”

Paris’ welfare is of most concern to the judge as it has been an issue in the past with her co-guardian and grandmother Katherine Jackson disappearing and being out of communication for over a week last summer. Katherine, who is now 83, had been granted sole guardian of her son’s children after his death in 2009, but after she went missing one of the children’s cousins, T.J. Jackson, was appointed guardian and now is considered a co-guardian. However, now it seems that T.J. is no longer in the picture, according to the New York Post. The Post article claims that 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson doesn’t live with the family in Calabasas anymore and moved to a place almost two hours away a few months ago.

Sanders has denied this report telling CNN “It’s absolute fiction that T.J. is an absentee guardian. He’s always around.”

With regards to these conflicting reports about Paris’ welfare, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services told E! News in a statement that they are “legally prohibited from disclosing any case specific information regarding any of our clients, celebrity or otherwise.”

The department went on to say, “To confirm that a child or parent is involved in our system is a breach of confidentiality. State statutes have been established to protect children, parents, and their families from having sensitive allegations aired in the public creating an additional unwanted burden.”

Guess the speculation will continue about whether or not Paris’ welfare has been comprised.


Judge orders an investigation into Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt
Kasey Schefflin-Emrich
June 8, 2013
National Monitor

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