Channel 4 sues for documents 01.26.2011

Search warrant documents relating to the disappearance of the three Skelton children from Morenci will remain out of public view while the investigation continues.

An attorney from Detroit’s Channel 4 sued for release of the documents, claiming they were of newsworthy value, but a judge has authorized continued suppression of the material.

After John Skelton failed to return his three sons to their mother, Tanya, following a Thanksgiving visitation, police searched Skelton’s Congress Street home for clues to the disappearance of the children.

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday that Lenawee County Prosecutor Jonathan Poer submitted a request to suppress the documents because the investigation is on-going. District Court Judge James Sheridan signed the order.

The search documents will be “suppressed pending the conclusion of the investigation or until further order of the judge, or 180 days after the date of the suppression order, whichever comes first.”

Skelton claimed he gave the boys to a woman he met on the internet before he attempted suicide. The woman was to return the boys to their mother. He later said the boys are with an organization that he refused to name.

Police have doubted his claims and continue to pursue tips that come in from various locations.

Skelton is to appear in Circuit Court Friday  on a contempt of court charge in regard to his failure to return the children to their mother following the Thanksgiving visit. In February he is scheduled to appear in court regarding parental kidnapping charges.

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