Mother of 3 missing Michigan boys hopes for a ‘Christmas miracle’
Tanya Skelton, the mother who reported her three boys missing on November 26, believes her sons are still alive and hopes a “Christmas miracle” will bring them home.
Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5, were reported missing the same day their father, John Skelton, 39, allegedly tried to commit suicide. The boys had been visiting him at his Morenci, Michigan for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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He initially told police he gave the boys to acquaintance Joann Taylor, to spare them from seeing his suicide. Authorities have stated they don’t believe Taylor exists and question whether Skelton tried to take his own life at all.
Tanya, 44, told the Detroit Free Press that she hopes for, but does not expect a “Christmas miracle,” however the return of her three boys safe and sound would be the greatest gift she could ever receive.
At the home of the boys’ grandparents, Christmas gifts await them under a festively decorated tree.
The Free Press reports Tanya spends her nights praying and reading Bible passages, turning to one passage that she believes is a sign from God.
“I feel in my heart they are alive… and Him directing us to the word ‘hope’ tells me that we’re not to give up hope,” she said.
During a recent court appearance, John Skelton, who’s charged with three counts of parental kidnapping, told a judge he gave the boys to an “organization” and that they are safe. He would divulge no further details.
“I hope for a Christmas miracle,” said Tanya, “but there’s a part of me that’s not letting myself get set on that Christmas miracle.”
Andrew is 4-feet-1 inch tall, weighs 57 pounds, and has brown eyes and hair. Alexander is 3-feet-9 inches tall, weighs 45 pounds, and has brown eyes and hair, and a scar at his hairline and on his chin. Tanner is 3-feet-6 inches tall, weighs 40 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information on the alleged victims, abductor or vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Morenci Police Department at (517) 263-0524.
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