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Published: Monday, Sept. 26 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I sincerely hope that the authorities reviewing this take into consideration that Josh Powell had to have been aware of his father's activities, and therefore was not acting in his children's best interests to move in with Steve Powell. Giving Susan's parents custody would be the ideal solution - in the care of loving 'normal' family members.

Florissant, MO

I wish the Cox family the best of luck in getting custody of these boys. I hope that these little boys can get professional help after what they have gone through, losing their mother, not seeing her parents at all and who knows what goes on in the home with their father and grandfather.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

what heartache for the Grandparents of these precious children. They will be in my prayers.

Mike Rose
Provo, UT

I just want good solid evidence against Josh Powell, if there isn't he gets the kids.

Btw for all you mothers out there just because your husband or boyfriend is a dirtbag and police claim you knew he was dirtbag doesn't mean you'll lose your kids you only have to move out and never see the guy again.

South Jordan, UT

@mike rose when you have two young boys and you choose to live with somebody who is a pedophile then you loose the right to your kids. Them being removed had nothing to do with Susan and everything to do with a grandpa they are living with that is sexually attracted to young kids!

L Kaiser

I would like to see the Cox's get the children, but in court I think its gonna come down to whether josh knew of his dads behavior. If he did, he can be deemed negligent, if he was oblivious, he will be considered a "victim" and the court will likely give him the kids back. Its gonna come down to proof of whether josh was aware he was subjecting his kids to this unhealthy and dangerous environment.

Salt Lake City, UT

The reason Washington Child Services is distancing themselves from this matter is that they know the removal was illegal. The laws governing when children can be removed from their parents are very clear. Josh has not even been accused any wrong doing. The actions of the grandfather are irrelevant to Josh's actions. Unless he does something to hurt the kids, they can not be removed. I think Josh is going to be able to sue the officers involved and win big time.

Wouldn't it be nice if the police had any evidence that Josh had done something wrong. I just worry that one day evidence will surface that shows he is innocent. On that day the police and the majority of the community will really have some crow to eat.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

I am distressed by the failure to act more quickly in the seizure of the computers and the arrest of Steve Powell.
Children were put at risk by the delays in acting on tips received months ago.

Mike Rose
Provo, UT

They could take his kids on grounds of negligence due to inadequate support due to not having a job. However in cases where the household provider is imprisioned usually a grace period is granted during which the non earning occupants have time to find a job.

I'm disturbed that our state governments claim the right to take our children merely for not having a source of income and benefits.


Logan, UT


Its a scary doubled edge sword.

Please put the kids with there loving grandparents if Josh is guilty. And if he is not time to move away from daddy.

Back to the Drawing board...
Holladay, UT

I'm a firm believer that where there's smoke, there's fire. In a case that is nothing short of extraordinary, this mess is cannot be resolved using ordinary considerations...especially with these innocent young lives involved.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Mike Rose | 5:34 p.m. Sept. 26, 2011
"I just want good solid evidence against Josh Powell"

When Mark Hacking dumped his wife's body in a dumpster he assumed the authorities would never be able to find her ...... and they nearly didn't.

You can be sure Susan's parents and the police would dearly like to find solid evidence of where she is so they can give her a proper burial.

South Jordan, UT

It's been a bad 19 months in the Powell household.


It has been more then a bad 19 months in the Powell household. No 64 year old man wakes up one morning a decides he is attracted to children. This is all years in the making. Powell Jr had to know what his Dad was up to. Powell Sr has most likely be doing these kinds of things for a very long time. If I were a betting man I would bet all of Powell Jr's life. This streak of "bad-luck" is a complication of living a bad life!

West Valley, UT

I want to know at what point these kids are going to get a lawyer and sue the rest of their family for ruining their lives. Pain and suffering should be worth a couple million at least.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

I agree that it looks very much like Josh and/or his father have been involved in various crimes, including murder. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck, it probably is a duck. However - and it pains me to say it in this case - our assumptions of that guilt are a far cry from a real trial and a real verdict from a real jury who has listened to the entire body of evidence, using the rules of evidence and the procedures of the court. If any American's rights are trampled, then your or mine could be too.

I hate to see this murder go unsolved for the present time. But we live in a country ruled by law, and no one is guilty till proven so. I just hope and pray the police and courts are able to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and in a timely manner.

Provo, UT

L Kaiser: Josh's father can't be around the kids so it is unlikely that Josh will get the kids if he continues to live with his father.

DeltaFoxtrot: The children are young enough that it is likely that they won't remember any of this.

Bountiful, Utah

I look forward to seeing similar comments the next time a seminary teacher hits the news for having sexual relations with a kid -- I'd assume all of you accuers will speak up and voice your opinion that the children in that teacher's family should be removed because of course his wife must know about his sick behavior? To the contrary, I recall an article on DN where members of a convicted seminary teacher's ward attended the sentencing hearing and pleaded for no prison time because the man was "such a good husband and father". Same with the Brown family -- many posters made up a story in their mind that the mother couldn't have known about the abuse that lasted for YEARS. Funny how many of you turn isn't it!

Kissimmee, FL

I am hoping beyond hope that Steven Powell didn't harm his grandchildren in any way. If one of the adult Powell children knew about the porn in that house, there's more than a good chance that all of them, even Josh, knew about it.

I am glad that those babies are away from that house of horrors.
At least now we know that no one is going to be able to run away with them.

Salt Lake City, UT

We don't know if the grandson's pictures were among those found, if so, they were right to remove them from that house. The behavior and action of both father and son are questionable. Someone who will not allow visitation of these young boys who have been deprived of their mother seems to hold some very hostile feeling towards his wife/and her parents.

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