Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar remain adoptive parents of nephew Tyler, 13, despite son Josh’s child pornography arrest
JIM Bob and Michelle Duggar remain the adoptive parents of their great nephew Tyler, 13, despite their oldest son Josh’s child pornography arrest.
Jim Bob, 56, and Michelle, 55, adopted Tyler, who is the son of the matriarch’s niece, Rachel Hutchins, in 2016.
The adoption came years before their oldest son Josh, 33, was arrested for possessing and receiving child pornography in April.
The legal trouble hasn't affected their guardianship of Tyler, as The Sun can exclusively reveal Jim Bob and Michelle filed their Annual Report of Guardian on October 27.
The report filed with an Arkansas court provided an update of Tyler’s bank account from the beginning period on November 17th, 2020 and ending on October 27th, 2021.
Jim Bob and Michelle became Tyler’s permanent guardians in 2016.
In their petition for temporary guardianship obtained by The Sun, they explained that Tyler’s grandmother had physical custody until she was unable to care for him when she suffered a stroke in July 2016.
The court papers stated Tyler’s mom Rachel was “homeless with no permanent address” and lived most of the time in a motel, as she was unemployed.
His father is “undetermined” and not listed on the birth certificate.
Rachel “entrusted Tyler to the care and control” of Jim Bob and Michelle, as she is "unable to meet Tyler’s health, safety and other needs," according to the court papers.
Rachel has supervised visitation with Tyler.
They were appointed Tyler’s permanent guardians in November 2016.
According to online court records, Rachel was charged with felony breaking and entering, and theft of property under $1,000 in May 2016.
She was sentenced to supervised probation.
Tyler has appeared in a series of family photos on the Duggar’s Instagram page, as he seems to have fit in well with the family.
On his 13th birthday in February, the family posted photos of Tyler with the caption: "Tyler is a very special part of our family and he turns 13 today!
“We celebrated his birthday with a fun afternoon together at Top Golf. I really can’t get over how much our boys grow on a weekly/monthly basis!! Love these fellas… and the fella behind the camera (Jim Bob!)”
JOSH'S LEGAL TROUBLE
As The Sun has reported, Josh’s trial is set for November 30 and has the potential to last until December 3.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star is currently on home confinement until his trial and is living with third party custodians LaCount and Maria Reber, who are longtime friends of Jim Bob and Michelle.
The Arkansas judge on the case ordered Josh to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
Josh’s wife Anna, who is pregnant with their seventh child and due in the fall, is standing by her husband.
Josh has unlimited access to his children with Anna present.
The family’s reality show Counting On, which Josh has not appeared on, was canceled in light of the scandal.
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