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Whittier police and Suleman: before and after she added 8

March 3, 2009 | 11:04 am


Octuplets-mom Nadya Suleman's case has kept Whittier police busy. Department officials confirm today that they have been called to the two homes where she has lived eight times over a period of a year. One of the calls came in response to the media storm that followed the birth of the octuplets in January.

At the first address, on El Soneto Drive, police responded after being notified on May 12, 2008, of an open front door, to avoid having the residence burglarized.

On July 7, 2008, police went to the home to investigate the complaint of a neighbor, who had called the county Department of Children and Family Services, alleging that Suleman was neglecting her six children, said Whittier Police Officer Jason Zuhlke. An officer went to the home to talk to Suleman and the children as well as to investigate their surroundings. The complaint was unfounded, police said.

On Aug. 10, police responded after being notified of an open door.

Police said they got more calls concerning Suleman's family at her Sunrise Drive home, where the children's grandparents live. On Jan. 9, 2008, a 911 call was placed from the home after one of Suleman's children was accidentally locked in a bedroom.

On Oct. 27, 2008, Suleman called police when she couldn't find her 5-year-old. The child had followed Suleman's mother, who was going for a walk in the neighborhood. Then, on Jan. 23, 2009, just days before Suleman's octuplets were born,  one of the children inadvertently called 911 from the house.

The resulting media circus has created more headaches for police.  Ed Doud, Suleman's father, called once for help in dealing with reporters who converged on the home, asking questions about the octuplets and Suleman's six other children.

--Andrew Blankstein

Octomom leaves her spawn at home as she enjoys some personal time. Nick Ut / AP Photo

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