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Neighbor: Octuplets From Sperm Donor

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In an effort to try and find out more about the woman who gave birth to octuplets earlier this week, we went to the home she shares with her parents and six other children in Whittier, California.

Pregnant woman and baster

What we learned is that her whole neighborhood is buzzing about the possibility that the 33-year-old mother used the same sperm donor to conceive the octuplets AND her other six children.

In an exclusive interview with momlogic, one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, revealed that the very pregnant young mom was THE hot topic of conversation at the neighborhood Christmas party. He says, "From what I heard, she likes kids, she wants a jillion kids. She even lied to the doctors who impregnated her." The grandmother of the octuplets told the LA Times she never expected fertility treatments would lead her to conceive her eight babies. Neither doctors nor family members have commented on whether or not she used donor sperm.

When asked if he knew who the father of the baby is, the neighbor said, "She is single. She used a sperm donor, someone she knew, who donated sperm a long time ago. He donated the sperm for the first six kids and she used his frozen sperm for these ones. I don't think the sperm donor knows about these eight kids. He was not involved."

According to the neighbor, the parents are very supportive of their daughter and even lost their own home in an effort to support her. "The parents lost their house supporting their daughter," the neighbor went on. "They actually bought this house for her, but then they lost their house supporting her and her kids and they had to move in with her. And now her father has to go back to Iraq to earn more money to support her. Her father either works as a truck driver or an interpreter [in Iraq]."

As to whether the mother herself works, the neighbor says: "She's a professional student and I want to know where the money's coming from to do this. Maybe she's using her student loans to do it."

The family is very private: "They stick to themselves and you can always hear the grandma yelling at the kids because they are so rambunctious."

Although many think the birth of the octuplets is a happy miracle, the neighbor disagrees. "We should find out who the doctor is and where the money came from because this is irresponsible. The girl seemed a little off -- and I don't want to be paying for her kids."

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MDD February 1, 2009, 9:06 AM

It should be obvious that the family is mentally unbalanced. But what about the fertility clinic, do they do NO background checks before doing something like this? Did they bill the taxpayers for the proceedure and care? If so they should be required to repay every cent. Maybe if it costs them they won’t be so anxious to do this sort of thing.

bren February 1, 2009, 9:09 AM

This neighbor sounds too nosy and its really none of her business, Im sure the neighbor doesnt ask everyone around her for permission to do what she wants.

Sounds like trash to me

Anonymous February 1, 2009, 9:10 AM

An unmarried woman bearing 14 kids. What a disgrace. She should go to the local vet and get spayed.

Rhonda February 1, 2009, 9:11 AM

What this woman has done is totally irresponsible behavior. 14 kids?????? Give me a break. I feel sorry for the California taxpayers - they will definitely be paying for these children. I also feel sorry for the children, struggling to get individual attention from their irresponsible mother.

MOMSClubto2 February 1, 2009, 9:12 AM

You have to feel bad for these kids! After the media moves onto another story after they are about 5 or 6 years old, all those kids are going to have nothing and be scratching around for something to eat all the time. Never have new shoes or decent clothes. Always the talk of the neighborhood. And what about the older kids at home already!! Can you imagine what they are going through in school? Poor kids. Stupid, irresponsible, mentally unstable, mother AND grandparents! She could always put them up for adoption. I wonder….was her intention to surrogate this baby that turned (accidentally) into eight for money?? Because even if you REALLY liked kids - two or three are a HANDFULL!

sunny February 1, 2009, 9:18 AM

This is INSANE.
This woman should be sterilized and under psychiatric care, not having multiple babies that she cannot care for.
And the doctor who did the in vitro fertilization should lose his license and never be allowed to practice again.
If it isn’t malpractice, it should be.
Where is the sense of responsiblilty here????????
Who is going to wind up paying for all this short-sighted hoopla??
The medical for bills alone are going to be staggering, let alone the cost of their ongoing care.
This isn’t giddy good news.
It is just a travesty.

beth February 1, 2009, 9:18 AM

The Duggers pay for thier own kids via commercial investments and they are very honest and upfront about it. This bizarre woman that had 8 more children is just living off the government and I think they should be taken away from her. She is single and now has 14 kids and has no way to support them but by welfare. Totally disgusting.

Anna February 1, 2009, 9:19 AM

Commenting on dearlizzie post..Has anyone ever tried to adopt a rescue dog? I have. They came to my home to inspect every area the dog would have access to. They wanted to know how the dog would be disciplined, how many hours it would be left alone, if we were aware of the cost associated with caring for a dog (and listed the expenses) and a lot of other information. For a dog rescued from a shelter who was about to be euthanized. I can understand their reasoning but…no citeria for children?

sallie February 1, 2009, 9:20 AM

The Duggers pay their own way. They live off income from rental property so get off their backs. I’ve never see more loved and wanted children as the Duggers.

Sue Marston February 1, 2009, 9:20 AM

The grandmother of the mother says the mother is just obsessed with children. I’d say she is obsessed with reproducing herself. There are plenty of orphans needing adoption. If you love kids, take care of what is already here! The world is dangerously overpopulated with people, while so many other species are becoming extinct and the planet is faltering because we are so damned shallow and selfish!!!

anne February 1, 2009, 9:21 AM

she is white!!!!

Cheryl February 1, 2009, 9:22 AM


beth February 1, 2009, 9:22 AM

The Duggers have children one by one,, and they are supporthing them with thier own imcome. They are upfront and honest about it. This bizarre unethical woman that just had the 8 kids is selfish and is expecting welfare to support them all. And to boot she is single. Those kid should be taken away from her . She knows exactly what she is doing,, free money—- disgusting.

Sarah L. February 1, 2009, 9:22 AM

No father, no job, living with mom and dad…. Well, unless she won the lotto at some point in time I would sure like to know how these children are being cared for…. As for the comment about the Duggar family… You should research them before complaining about them. They were all conceived naturally and they live DEBT FREE and own a successful business which is hard for the majority of us Americans can say half the time. I see people charging diapers and formula on credit cards all the time because they cannot make ends meet or their SSI isn’t enough for everything…. I agree. Hold the doctor who agreed to this crazy idea partially accountable as well as the sperm bank. YOu can’t tell me there was no way for that doctor to tell that she had 6 other kids! This is why we are in such horrible economic crisis, because some people are ‘milking’ the system for every last dollar!

Vince February 1, 2009, 9:22 AM

I didn’t see anything in the article about the mother being Muslim. Somebody in the posts said she LOOKED Muslim, and away it went. Whatever her faith, she’s nuts to get fertility treatments with 6 kids and no job. And her doctor was irresponsible. I doubt she intended to have EIGHT at one shot but multiples are always possible on fertility treatments. The Bible said to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, but she can stop now.
And what the h#ll does this have to do with Obama? Those kids would have come whether McCain, Hillary or Ron Paul was in the oval office.

anne February 1, 2009, 9:23 AM

Her parents are not her biological parents. These are people she lives with now.

April February 1, 2009, 9:24 AM

OK,so this irresponsible twit keeps having babies because she wants a large family? And having 8 kids all the same age, you can’t expect that there will be older children in charge of the younger ones. (I’m the oldest of six kids; each of us “big” kids was responsible for one of the little ones). My brother and sisters have no more than two kids each, I think because they wanted to devote more time and attention to their families.

Mom February 1, 2009, 9:27 AM

Quite frankly with all the couples who cannot conceive, it would only make sense for all of those children to be put up for adoption. There obviously is no way the mother or grandparents can adequately give them the future they will require. Yes, they can give them love but it does not pay for food, clothing, education etc etc etc…and it definitly should not be the responsibility of the state or national goverment. We have enough problems in this country financially and do not need any more.

Frank February 1, 2009, 9:28 AM

This is not news! The headline said it all: allegations! While I think it is despicable if true, none of the story was substantiated by any facts. In the absence of DNA testing, nobody can know anything about the father. In the absence of financial records or a property search, nobody know the method of payment for the house or the circumstances under which the grandparents lost theirs. The girl may have gotten access to a trust fund, or an insurance settlement. Have Americans completely lost all skepticism? Will people swallow anything that is told them on the Internet? I think there are too many people wrapped up in reality shows, and living in a shallow world of gossip and innuendo.

T February 1, 2009, 9:29 AM

Yes we are all paying for her kids… all of the services those kids are going to need (speech,OT,PT, SI) and all of the medical care. Not to mention whatever other supplies etc she is going to need since she does not have a job or a husband with a job!

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