Duggars Under Investigation Again; 911 Call Was Made

'In Touch' breaks new details of story
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2015 9:34 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2015 9:48 AM CDT
Duggars Under Investigation Again; 911 Call Was Made
In this Aug. 2, 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark.   (AP Photo/ Beth Hall, File)

In Touch continues to be at the forefront of the Duggar scandal it broke, reporting new details in an article yesterday that has gotten wide mainstream pick-up. According to the tabloid, the Arkansas Department of Human Services is again investigating the family, and an agency rep called 911 on May 27 (days after Josh Duggar's molestation allegations made headlines) because the family did not allow DHS to see a minor about whom the agency was concerned. The Duggars have not publicly revealed the current investigation, but the tabloid made a FOIA request to learn about the 911 call.

In the call, the DHS rep gives the address to the 911 dispatcher, noting it's the "Duggar's family home," then explains, "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 an escort." It's not clear what triggered this latest investigation—the Duggars were first investigated by police in 2006 for Josh's alleged molestation in 2002 and 2003, and were then investigated by DHS in 2007—but experts say a hotline complaint about child abuse, even if it's made anonymously, can lead to such investigations if the operator who answers thinks the allegations are serious. (More Josh Duggar stories.)

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