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Social workers visit Nadya Suleman's La Habra home

April 24, 2012 | 11:04 pm


Orange County authorities appeared Tuesday at the home of Nadya Suleman, the La Habra woman dubbed "Octomom" after she gave birth to octuplets in 2009, because of a complaint about the living conditions of her children, according to news reports.

KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported that officers from the La Habra Police Department were accompanied by social workers after receiving a complaint that said there was only one functioning toilet in the home and that the children had to use portable toilets. The complaint, which was initially reported by TMZ, also alleged that the children appeared unclean. 

Social workers spent about a half-hour at the home before determining that the children weren't endangered, KTLA reported, although officials said their inquiry will continue.

La Habra police officials did not immediately return a call from the Los Angeles Times.

[Updated at 11:22 p.m.: The La Habra Police Department confirmed late Tuesday that officers had visited Suleman’s home earlier in the evening with investigators from the Orange County Social Services Agency.

La Habra Police Sgt. Daniel Barnes said that a complaint of “general neglect” in regard to the living conditions at Suleman’s home was filed shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday by a person whom he could not identify.

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


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