After the prominent Christian family received significant backlash upon the revelation that eldest sibling Josh confessed to numerous counts of sexual abuse that occurred when he was a teen, controversy surrounding the Duggars – stars of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting – has only grown.
Days after the allegations against Josh Duggar were published last month, recent reports indicate social workers arrived at the family’s home in an effort to talk to one of the children still living with parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services initiated an investigation into the family following the recent revelations. When officials arrived at the Duggar home in an effort to conduct an interview, however, the parents were apparently less than hospitable. In Touch, the same outlet which initially published the charges against Josh Duggar, published transcripts of the 911 call made by agents on the scene.
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“Well, we’re Washington County DHS office,” the caller advised. “We’re out here to, we have an investigation, and I guess they’re not being cooperative. We have to see the child to make sure the child is all right. So we just need police assistance or escort.”
In recent comments about the scandal, one of Josh Duggar’s victims, sister Jessa Seewald, offered some insight into why the family might be reticent to welcome social workers.
“I think definitely like when we were doing the DHS investigation and they’re asking to you tell your story,” she said of the agency’s previous visit nearly a decade ago, “—I mean, it’s one thing to talk to mom and dad and say, ‘Wow, OK, this happened,’ you know; but it’s another thing when a complete stranger is like, ‘Tell me your story here.’”
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