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An agreement was reached Wednesday morning on custody for the children of Uta von Schwedler, who died under suspicious circumstances last September, and John Brickman Wall.

The high-profile child custody battle that began in 2006 when the Sugar House couple divorced took a unique turn after their eldest son petitioned in April for removal of his younger siblings from the father's custody. Pelle von Schwedler Wall, 18, who moved out of his father's house in January, told The Salt Lake Tribune previously that he believes his father killed his mother.

Living situations and other matters regarding the Wall children — ages 16, 13 and 11 — "have been resolved under terms negotiated by the parties and approved by 3rd District Juvenile Court," the court stated in Wednesday's news release.

A trial on von Schwedler Wall's petition had been scheduled for Wednesday to Friday. The petition asked the court to take his siblings out of his father's custody at least until the investigation into how his mother died was concluded.

Salt Lake City police have called her death "suspicious," although the medical examiner has not determined if it was a homicide or suicide.

Wall, a 48-year-old pediatrician, isaccused in the petition of failing to properly care for the children, as well as inflicting "non-accidental harm, threatened harm and emotional damage."

A follow up hearing on the custody issue is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Information about who has the children or their location were not disclosed by the court. Although, neighbors living in the area of Wall said they have not seen the children at Wall's home since the time the hearings began.

"I haven't seen the children since the second of May," said Bob Hopkins, a neighbor. "There is no activity over there except him. It seems he is there by himself."

The court statement went on to say,"all parties and the court agree the Wall children are safe and protected under the terms of the agreement."

Those involved included representatives with the Utah Attorney General's Office and the Department of Child and Family Services, along with Wall's civil and criminal attorney and an attorney for von Schwedler Wall.

Von Schwedler, 49, was found dead in the bath tub at her Sugar House home last September.

Recently, Salt Lake City police indicated in a search warrant they were looking for evidence of murder in the case of von Schwedler, a University of Utah biologist.

The search warrant affidavit indicates police have searched and re-searched Wall's property.

Police on May 9 impounded Wall's 2010 Subaru Impreza to search it for von Schwedler's blood and possible DNA evidence for a second time in seven months. Police took carpet from the rear left side of the car, and also seized a rear seat cushion, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says that a day after von Schwedler was found dead, officers did a visual search of Wall's car, but found no trace evidence. Police also searched Wall's home for bloody clothes or evidence of a homicide but found none, the affidavit says.

Wall — who had picked up the couple's four children at von Schwedler's on Sept. 26 — told police he did not recall if he returned to her later that night, which was the night she died.

When detectives asked him where he was that night, Wall yelled, "I don't know where the f—- I was," according to the affidavit.

During the interview, detectives noticed Wall's eye was bleeding internally and that he had scratches on his forearms. Wall explained that "the dog stepped on him" the previous night, according to the affidavit.

The next day he had his car detailed and told the worker to pay particular attention to pink stain on the carpet behind the driver's seat. The worker also found another pink stain on the rear seat cushion the affidavit states.

The medical examiner's office has not determined if von Schwedler's death was a homicide or suicide, but found the cause of death was drowning.

A knife was in the tub beneath her body, and Xanax was in her system, although she did not have a prescription for the medicine, according to the medical examiner's report.

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