Michael Jackson's mother granted guardianship of his children, allowance [Updated]
Katherine Jackson and Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two older children, had submitted an agreement with the court in which custody of the children would go to their grandmother.
Katherine Jackson and three of Jackson's siblings were in the courtroom in downtown Los Angeles.
L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered a court investigator's report in eight weeks on how the children are being cared for.
[Updated at 10 a.m.: Moving rapidly through a long list of decisions before him for the day's hearing, Beckloff also gave the singer's mother most of the allowance she had requested for herself and the children.
Katherine Jackson will receive the full amount she requested for herself. Beckloff said some of the money for the children appeared excessive, and that they would be receiving 83.5% of what attorneys asked for. The amounts were not disclosed.]
-- Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan at L.A. County Superior Court
Photo: Katherine Jackson arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court, where she was granted permanent guardianship this morning over the singer's three children. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times