LISTEN: Just Days After the Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal Broke, Arkansas Human Services Workers Called 911 After Being Denied Entry to Duggar Home to Check on One of the Children

The Duggar family from TLC's television program "19 and Counting." (Photo: Scott Enlow, TLC)
The Duggar family from TLC’s television program “19 and Counting.”
(Photo: Scott Enlow, TLC)

Only days after the Josh Duggar molestation scandal broke, Arkansas human services workers called 911 after allegedly being denied entry to the home of the 19 Kids and Counting reality-TV family, In Touch magazine reports.

The magazine, which broke the original abuse story, reported the May 27 incident on Wednesday. It purportedly involves state Department of Human Services workers’ effort to check on a child at the Duggars’ Tonitown, Ark., home around 11 a.m.

In the recording, a DHS employee is heard asking police for help gaining access to the Duggars’ home.

“Well, we’re, um, Washington County DHS office and we’re out here to, uh, we have, uh, an investigation, and, um, I guess they’re, uh, not being cooperative, and we have to see the child to make sure the child is all right. So we just need police assistance or escort,” they said.

It’s not clear what was being investigated. The call was transferred and the audio ends. It’s also unclear what happened next or whether police were dispatched to the scene.

The Duggar family, in response to the original report by In Touch on May 21, acknowledged last month that Josh Duggar, now 27, had molested at least five young girls — including four of his sisters — when he was a teen.

Josh Duggar has publicly apologized for his actions and resigned from the Family Research Council in Washington, where he worked as a lobbyist for Christian causes and against gay marriage and abortion rights. .

Josh and his wife Anna have also canceled their scheduled appearance next week at the Christian music event, Alive Festival, in Mineral City, Ohio, but sister Jessa and Jill and their husbands remain on the program, according to the festival.

Josh has never been arrested or charged over the alleged incidents.

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Doug Stanglin

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