Los Angeles — Michael Jackson’s children will live with their grandmother under an agreement reached with the King of Pop’s ex-wife that should ensure the youngsters return to the privacy they enjoyed when their father was alive.
The agreement announced Thursday preserves Jackson’s wishes as spelled out in his 2002 will and maintains a stable parenting figure in their lives. It also reopens the door to a relationship with Deborah Rowe, who is the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children.
Rowe will be allowed to visit her children, as part of the agreement. Those visits will be coordinated by a child psychologist.
Rowe will receive no money from the deal, as she had after previous custody arrangements with Jackson.
The agreement ends the possibility of a lengthy and public custody battle between Katherine Jackson and Rowe. It spares the children, who range in age from 7 to 12, from appearing before a judge and declaring who they would prefer to live with.
Michael Jackson, who died June 25 at 50, was the sole parent to his three children. He was married to Rowe for three years, but both had described the relationship as borne out of friendship and that Rowe had given birth to Prince Michael, 12, and Paris-Michael, 11, as a “gift.” They divorced after Paris-Michael was born.
His third child, 7-year-old Prince Michael II, known as Blanket, was born to a surrogate and the mother’s identity has never been revealed.
Meanwhile, authorities investigating Michael Jackson’s death referred to him as an “addict” and were seeking evidence related to the powerful anesthetic propofol, according to search warrants released Thursday.
The documents show investigators have cause to believe several California Business and Professions codes had been broken, including “excessive prescribing,” a misdemeanor punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 180 days.
Los Angeles police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents spent much of Tuesday at the Las Vegas home and business of Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, who is the focus of a manslaughter investigation. The raids sought evidence supporting that charge, as well as code violations, including “prescribing to an addict” and “unprofessional conduct.”
The state codes cover all prescribing professionals, including doctors and dentists, and violations could lead to a revoked or suspended license, said Kimberly Kirchmeyer, deputy director of the Medical Board of California. The codes state a physician cannot prescribe drugs to anyone with a chemical dependency or who is using the drugs for non-therapeutic purposes; they define an addict as someone who continues to use a drug despite harm, shows compulsive use or has impaired control over use.
A law enforcement official earlier said that on the day Jackson died Murray gave him propofol to help him sleep and that investigators are working under the theory the anesthetic caused Jackson’s heart to stop. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.