TACOMA, Wash. -- A Washington judge has ruled that the children of missing Utah mother Susan Powell must remain in the custody of her parents. The judge further says she won't consider returning the two boys to their father, Josh Powell, until he undergoes a psycho-sexual evaluation.
Josh Powell denied custody of kids
Powell has been attempting to regain custody.
The children have been living with Chuck and Judy Cox since Josh Powell's father Steven was arrested on child porn and voyeurism charges last fall. On Wednesday, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson sided with an assistant attorney general, who urged her to order the evaluation as a safety precaution.
Nelson had noted the extreme child porn found in the Puyallup, Wash., home where Josh was living with the two boys and his father after Susan's disappearance. Josh Powell's lawyer Jeffrey Bassett argued against the evaluation, saying no questionable images had been proven to belong to his client.
The judge continued Powell's twice weekly supervised visits with the boys.
Susan Powell vanished in December 2009 at age 28.
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