MORENCI, Mich. (WXYZ) - Action News uncovered another chilling detail in the case of the missing Morenci boys, a MySpace entry by their father, John Skelton, from some time ago - a poem titled “The Dumpster.”
It reads: I’m cold and alone in this metal room with plastic bags and a worn out broom – nobody hears my call for you come back mommy ‘cause I need you.
John Skelton appeared in court Wednesday morning for a hearing on extradition. He is fighting the extradition to Michigan and has requested another hearing. He is being held on $3 million bond. Skelton is facing charges of parental kidnapping.
On Tuesday, the Morenci chief of police had to tell Tanya Skelton, the boys’ mother, that he did not expect a positive outcome, it was news no mother wants to hear. Her reaction, “Imagine your worst nightmare come true,” said Police Chief Larry Weeks.
This news is not easy for John Skelton's neighbors to digest. “I’ve lived in Morenci my whole life, watching these boys ride their bikes up the street, and just to think that something like this could happen, just kind of puts you beside yourself at times,” said Skelton's neighbor, Joe Valentine.
But even as hope dims for Tanner, Alexander and Alex’s safe return, volunteers from Morenci and beyond are keeping up their efforts to find the children, fanning out through wooded areas, streams and rivers all across the state line.
Meanwhile, Tanya Skelton moved forward with her case against John in circuit court, winning sole custody of the kids. In documents released Tuesday, Tanya’s lawyer sites John’s alleged attempt to commit suicide and his refusal to disclose the location of the little boys.
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