LOS ANGELES — A judge has appointed Tito Jackson’s son as a temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s children.

The judge temporarily suspended Katherine Jackson as the children’s guardian because she is in Arizona and hadn’t spoken with them in several days.

TJ Jackson appeared in court today and sought the temporary appointment, but his attorney said he wasn’t trying to replace Katherine Jackson permanently.

TJ Jackson says he spoke with Katherine Jackson on Tuesday, but she sounded strange. He says she was using words he’s never heard her use and her voice at times sounded slurred.

The appointment comes after days of turmoil among the Jackson family, with a relative reporting Katherine Jackson missing before she was located safely with other family members in Arizona.

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