"I want whoever has my boys to bring them back!"
Heartbreaking words from a mother whose three young sons have been missing since Thanksgiving. And with Christmas upon us, Tanya Skelton has just one wish, saying, "That my boys will come home alive."
Nine-year-old Andrew, 7-year old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner were last seen alive when they spent Thanksgiving with their dad, John Skelton. That's when this story outside of Detroit took a bizarre twist.
Skelton, who has reportedly attempted suicide, told authorities he gave his sons away to an "organization." But he's refusing to name the mysterious "organization," and is being held on kidnapping charges.
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd asked Tanya, "We're just days from Christmas, how are you holding up?"
"As well as can be expected, I guess. I had gone Christmas shopping to have some presents under the tree. Christmas morning is always a fun time in our house," said Tanya.
Boyd asked, "What do you miss most?"
"Their smiles, their hugs, their laughter," said Tanya.
Tayna wears a special sweatshirt with a message of hope for her sons, and she will not allow herself to think the worst, saying, "As a mom, I don't feel they're gone. I believe they're still alive."
Boyd asked, "If for some reason they're watching this, what do you want them to hear from their mom?"
"Mommy loves you. Mommy misses you," said Tanya.