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'Octomom' Nadya Suleman: I use the media to help my children

April 27, 2012 | 11:04 am

Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman will celebrate her octuplets third birthday on Thursday

Nadya Suleman said she is using the media attention over her children to help pay her bills even though she says she hates the moniker “Octomom.”

“I hate ‘Octomom,’” she told "Good Morning America" in an interview.  “I wanna’ take a freaking sledgehammer and crack her in half. That is some freak that they created in the media. I need it to be done.”

But she also told the show she needs the publicity the name brings. “I’ve been using the media to pay the bills. Any offer now is to take care of my kids.  I had to strip myself of pride.”

Suleman spoke out after a complaint of child neglect prompted a visit from social workers and police earlier this week to her La Habra home. Authorities said they found nothing to merit further investigation.

The La Habra Police Department and investigators from the Orange County Social Services Agency visited the home Tuesday after a complaint of “general neglect” regarding conditions at Suleman’s home, said Sgt. Daniel Barnes.

The person who filed the complaint was not identified.

Barnes said officers conducted preliminary interviews at the home and “no crimes were noticed.” He said no criminal investigation was underway, although there could be further examination from social workers.

Suleman was dubbed “Octomom” after she gave birth to octuplets in 2009.

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Photo: Nadya Suleman. Credit: Fox TV

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