A candlelight vigil is planned in Adrian today for three young Michigan brothers who were last seen on Thanksgiving in the care of their now-jailed father.

The mother of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton said she still believes they're safe.

Tanya Skelton said her intuition still tells her "that my boys are alive and that they're with someone they know."

"In my heart, I have as a mom not felt that my children are gone," she said. "I feel they're out there alive somewhere. I just don't know where."

"I have bought some presents," she said. "I still have some things I want to get. It is very hard to go shopping not knowing, but there will be presents under the tree."

John Skelton is in the Lenawee County jail on parental kidnapping charges.

Police say he's made false claims about turning his sons over to another woman.

The vigil is at 6 p.m. at the Trestle Park band shell.

Tanya Skelton told reporters at Morenci United Methodist Church that she wants her sons home for Christmas, The Daily Telegram and The (Toledo) Blade report.

She said she was still praying the boys are alive and unharmed and would return to unwrap their gifts.

"They are . not the typical kids who want the new toy or the latest," Tanya Skelton said. "They are happy with what they get, so Christmas is always fun because you never know what's going to be in the present and how they are going to react, but they are always smiling and happy."

"It's going to be hard if they are not home — very quiet, emotional Christmas," she said.

At a court hearing last Thursday, John Skelton, 39, said he gave his sons to someone from an "organization" who visited his home on Thanksgiving. He told police earlier he had turned them over to a female acquaintance to be returned to his ex-wife.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said then that he remained skeptical of the father's claims, adding, "We're not expecting a positive outcome."

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