Report: Duggars Refused To Cooperate With Child Welfare Check Last Month

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The Duggar family of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” refused to cooperate last month when a representative from Arkansas’ Department of Human Services came to check on a child on their property, tabloid magazine In Touch Weekly reported Wednesday.

The Duggar family has dominated tabloid headlines since In Touch Weekly last month published a 2006 police report showing the eldest son, Josh Duggar, was investigated for allegedly molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. His parents later confirmed in an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that four of the alleged victims were Josh Duggar’s sisters while the fifth was a babysitter.

A representative from the state DHS in Washington County called police at about 11 a.m. local time on May 27 to request assistance when the representative was unable to see a minor at the Duggar’s address, according to a 911 call obtained by In Touch Weekly. The tabloid report did not identify the DHS representative.

“We have an investigation and I guess they’re not being cooperative,” the representative said on the call, as quoted by In Touch Weekly. “We have to see the child to make sure the child is all right. So we just need police assistance.”

The DHS representative made the call less than a week after the tabloid published the 2006 police report. It’s unclear what prompted the state DHS investigation because, as In Touch Weekly pointed out, the agency’s records are not available to the public.

Josh Duggar resigned his position as executive director at the anti-gay Family Research Council’s lobbying shop in the fallout from the police report and TLC pulled all reruns of “19 Kids and Counting” from the air. The network has yet to make a statement on the future of the program.

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