Upon learning that his wife would probably vaccinate the girl, Michael Jackson said, "My choice was made then and there that this wasn't going to work, and that I had to protect my daughter from it."
"So . . . I kept her," he added. Now they are currently on the run
On Friday, Michael Jackson spoke to Tyler Thompson, a Christian TV host and author who has promoted vaccine skepticism on her online show. With his daughter on a couch in the background, Jackson explained that he and his ex-wife had gone through "a really bad divorce."
He claimed that, under the terms of the divorce, Mariecar Jackson makes final decisions about their daughter's medical issues and that she had expressed her intentions to have the 7-year-old vaccinated. Believing he would lose a challenge in court, Michael Jackson said he did not return the girl to her mother following a November visit to his house. The girl has been with him ever since, he said.
"I'm following God, and I'm doing what he wants me to do," Michael Jackson said.
Police showed up to Michael Jackson's home in Carievale, Saskatchewan, to enforce one of the court orders, Drennan told CBC News. But Regina police told the news outlet the orders alone did not "provide the verification we would need" to launch an investigation.
On "Live with Laura-Lynn," the Jacksons' daughter said she did not want the coronavirus vaccine because she said she thought "it can change your DNA."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus vaccines do not interact with a person's DNA and thus do not alter it.
Meanwhile, Mariecar Jackson wept in a CBC News video, saying she hoped for her daughter's return.
"Mommy will never stop looking for you," she said. "Mommy loves you so much."