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TOLEDO, Ohio (WXYZ) - The father of three missing boys from Morenci has been arraigned
on parental kidnapping charges.
John Skelton appeared for the video arraignment at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday at the Lenawee County courtroom.
Skelton was arraigned on three counts of parental kidnapping in
the disappearance of his three sons Andrew, Alexander and
During the arraignement, Skelton requested a court-appointed
lawyer. Another hearing will be held on December 28.
On Tuesday, Skelton waived his right to extradition from Toledo,
Ohio to Michigan.
During Tuesday's appearance, a special hearing was held where a
judge ordered Skelton held on a $30-million bond.
Skelton was wearing a brown short-sleeved shirt and was still in
a wheelchair, but seemed more awake and alert than he did in his
first court appearance.
None of Skelton's relatives showed up for the hearing. His
estranged wife Tanya was also absent, as were any of her family
Skelton's sons, ages five, seven and nine, have been missing
since Thanksgiving evening. Skelton is the last one to have seen
them. Authorities say the 39 year-old father will not disclose the
location of the brothers, Alexander, Andrew and Tanner.
Skelton had been sitting in a Lucas County jail on suicide watch
since his release from a mental institution at the end of
Investigators say Skelton claimed to have tried to commit
suicide at his Morenci home the day after Thanksgiving and told
police that he gave his kids to an acquaintance.
Shortly after Skelton told police the story of his suicide
investigators revealed they did not believe the acquaintance exists
and that they did not expect a positive outcome in the search for
Last week Skelton’s parents visited him in jail and said
they think the boys are still alive. Just days prior to their visit
another woman in Sandusky Ohio came forward to say she thought she
saw the kids in the donut shop where she works.
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