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Josh Powell saw sons as his property, boys’ grandparents say

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm with 13 Comments »
February 7, 2012 9:22 am

Chuck Cox, father of Susan Cox Powell and grandfather of Charlie and Braden Powell, spoke with reporters at his home today. Cox said he was worried what might happen if the boys had been living with their father Josh Powell full time.

Chuck Cox with grandsons Braden, left, Charlie Powell in this handout photo from the Cox family.
Chuck and Judy Cox had been caring for the boys since September, and their father – by court order – received supervised visits with the children.

“The act he did was a cowardly act, a desperate act,” Chuck Cox said. “We had no idea (it was) going to end this way for those boys.”

He said Powell didn’t display affection to the boys. Instead, Chuck Cox said, Powell regarded his sons as possessions.

“They were his property,” Cox said. “He wanted them back.”

Braden and Charlie Powell / Photo from the Cox family

Judy Cox said the two boys had enjoyed playing with their cousin Sunday. After a little tussle over toys was resolved she said, the kids hugged and resumed their play.

When it came time to leave, she said, the boys told her, “We don’t want to go see Daddy.”

Read a longer interview with the Coxes here.

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  1. skippythedog says:

    Mormons: kids and wives = property

  2. Too sad. At least the boys are now reunited with their mother. My heart goes out to Chuck and Judy, to have lost their daughter and now her children.

    The lowlife did the final act of a abusive controller. If he couldn’t have them, no one could. Special place in hell was waiting for him.

  3. snarl2: …and you base your comment about them joining their mother on?. Do you perhaps know information that the police do not? PROOF-if the body was in the trunk as supposably the kids state-where is the DNA?

    I suspect the father Steven may have had a hand in this, but again-PROOF.

  4. writnstuff says:

    Not only are the boys now secure in the arms of their mother, they are all swaddled in the love, prayers and good wishes of millions of people of people on earth. Peace be with them.

  5. alindasue says:


    Aside from the fact that I have found no reference to the religion of Steven and Susan Powell or their extended family, your denigrating comment demonstrates a total lack of understanding of LDS beliefs regarding family.

  6. whitman411 says:

    Well, the children certainly are not the property of the grandparents or the state. Not sure what the comments and headline imply.

  7. NineInchNachosII says:

    there truly is no god.

  8. Josh Powell did the most criminal thing that he could have done, and his dad is a co-conspirator. (It hurts me so to say what I am about to say) Having said that, if Josh and his dad had done to the two boys what was done to Josh, Josh may have saved us from future murders and molesters; but I rather think that he took the lives to two innocent kids. Please forgive me for voicing these thoughts.

  9. sirlancealot says:

    skippythedog I think you are confusing mormons with polygamists. That was a long time ago buddy. That’s like saying Americans: african + fieldwork = slavery.

    Don’t be ignorant.

  10. sirlancealot says:

    I’d like to think that our justice system would have had those kids raised by the Cox family, and that they would have had plenty of psychological help. They would have needed it – Steve and Josh were dangerous.

  11. janemckane says:

    Woho: don’t judge people making common sense assumptions. This isn’t court. If it were half the people posting on here would be in comtempt. Make that 90%. iIts no stretch to come to the conclusion that this poor woman came to a bad end. Further, there is a strong likelihood it was at the hands of her husband. Nobody takes little boys camping in the freezing cold at midnight at the very moment his wife disappears. If he was innocent, why would he do this final, horrible act? Save your need for 100% proof, and DNA for jury duty and lighten up.

  12. Wrapper98439 says:

    You want to believe that the grandparents wanted the best for the kids, then they say the kids didn’t want to see dad, yet the social worker said that they ran to the house to see him so fast that she got locked out. Kids that don’t want to see dad do not hit the door running. The grandparents saw the kids as a possession and fighting for the kids was a way to punish Josh, not protect the kids.

  13. Smoke_42 says:

    Good God people,get off your milk cart and rember this is about the kids! Have anyone of you sent your respects/condolences,or have you sent flowers? It seems like your so busy preaching about the same thing,over,and over that you’ve forgotten about the most important thing,The Boys,and their not on trial,so get off that subject to! Grow up!!!!

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