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Jackson's kids to stay with his mum

entertainment Updated: Jun 30, 2009 13:04 IST

Late singer Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine has been given temporary custody of his kids. The 79-year-old won the temporary guardianship of his three children Prince 12, Paris, 11 and Blanket 7.

She has also asked the judge to appoint her administrator of his estate.

"This is where they belong. We are the parents," the New York Daily News quoted Joe Jackson as saying.

"We love those kids, we are going to take care of them and give them the education they are supposed to have," he added.

A hearing on whether the temporary guardianship should be made permanent will be held Aug. 3 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Katherine’s petition for guardianship of their estate of "unknown" value will also be on heard July 6.

"They have a long established relationship with paternal grandmother and are comfortable in her care," the filing states.

The Jackson court papers say Michael died "intestate" - or without a will - and asked a judge to put Katherine Jackson in charge.