It’s been a long time since people have argued that Nadya Suleman, the famous octomom, might be taking advantage of gained fame and funds for other purposes than take care of her many children. After Nadya Suleman made the headlines by paying $520 for a haircut, she was paid a visit by Child Services. In her defence, octomom claims the Child Services investigation was a set up.
Nadya Suleman has 14 children. Eight of them came at the same time. Ever since, Nadya Suleman became known as octomom. She gained fame soon after giving birth to the octuplets in 2009. All of her 14 kids have been conceived in vitro fertilization, at a time when she was unemployed but benefiting from public assistance.
Always under scrutiny for her decision to get pregnant once again although not employed, Nadya Suleman receives $2,000 a month from the government. A claim that she gave her stylist almost $600 on a haircut has sparked controversy and raised concerns that her children might not exactly enjoy the best conditions. It didn’t help her situation the news that she dismissed a $150 plumber bill as too expensive.
Then some pictures made things worse. TMZ published pictures of octomom’s children popping in portable training toilets outside the house. Apparently there was only one functional toilet in the house.
Although rep Terry Linn Fisher for the Children and Family Services did not confirm the actual visit to Nadya Suleman’s home, octomom said she and her kids were set up. In an interview with “Good Morning America” she said the photos TMZ published were purported.
According to Suleman, the photos were taken by her hairstylist. “She thought it was unacceptable that they’re, you know, half-naked, goin’ potty. I mean, moms out there, come on” said Nadya Suleman. With 14 kids in the house, octomom does have a point. However, that does not exactly justify her dismissal of the plumber’s $150 bill as too expensive compared with the $520 hair cut charge.
Cindy Knapp, rep for the La Habra Police Department, said for a reporter with ABC News that officials with Child Services “didn’t discover any mistreatment so no further action was taken”.