Dad May Have Dumped Boys on the Road
John Skelton fought bitterly for custody of 3 young sons
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 4:11 AM CST
Updated Nov 30, 2010 5:12 AM CST
Missing brother Alexander Skelton, 7.   (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

(Newser) – A troubled father fighting for custody of his three young sons may have simply "dumped" them on a cold, lonely stretch of Ohio highway, police believe. Cops, firefighters and volunteers have spent days hunting for Andrew, 9, Alex, 7, and 5-year-old Tanner, who haven't been seen since Thanksgiving. They hope the boys were alive when they were abandoned by their father, John Skelton, and have managed to survive, but hope is fading, and officials have limited children from helping in the search, worried about what they may find, reports the Detroit News.

"Until we've exhausted everything, we're continuing on," said the local police chief. Skelton had told police he left the boys with a woman friend who was to deliver them back to their mom, but police say that was a lie. Their mother alerted police that the boys were missing when Skelton turned up at a Ohio hospital without them following a failed suicide attempt. Skelton was in a bitter custody battle with the boys' mom, who's on the state's sex offender list for sex with an underage boy. Click here for more.

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Dec 1, 2010 5:23 PM CST
When is all of this killing of innocent children going to STOP! If you have children you do not want, don't kill them!! Bring them to me!
Dec 1, 2010 10:51 AM CST
This is so F*@%ED UP!!!! my life is so shitty right now and im the one controlling it...just to think about those innocent boys having there fate in someone elses hands. Its horrible!!! its sad and its twisted...he is a scum bag and needs to fess the hell up, take whats coming to him *reminder if he happens to read these* whether he hurts them or not, hes gonna do some crazy time and set those boys free!!!!!!
Nov 30, 2010 4:48 PM CST
Stupid scum bag. If you hate your life so much go end your life somewhere alone and don't involve your kids.