Duggar Gives Birth After Shocking Child Molestation Scandal
Can the family fully heal from this?
Josh Duggar is putting his infamous sex scandal behind him. Just two years after confessing to molesting his underage sisters, Jessa and Jill Duggar, the disgraced TLC star welcomed his fifth child with his long-suffering wife, Anna Duggar.
“We are so thankful and happy to announce the arrival of our new son, Mason Garrett Duggar,” the couple wrote on their family blog. According to the parents-of-five, the baby was born on September 12. He weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was 22 inches long.
“Both he and Anna are doing well,” the Duggars added. “He arrived today without complication and we already adore him. The entire family is ecstatic over the arrival of another beautiful blessing.”
Bump in the Road
In 2015, Josh admitted to cheating on his wife by running an active account on Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to helping married people meet and start affairs. The 19 Kids and Counting alum broke down and revealed he had an addiction to pornography when he was confronted with damning evidence of his infidelities, saying in a statement, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.”
“While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,” he lamented. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
The 29-year-old later checked into Reformer’s Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois instead of seeking help from a licensed medical professional. He continued with couples counseling with Anna after he was released six months later.
“It was a crucial first step in recovery and healing for Josh. Josh has now returned to Arkansas, where he will continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family,” a statement from the family read at the time. “We look to God for help and guidance and place all of our trust in Him. We are forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many and hope you will continue to pray in the days ahead.”
The Prodigal Son Returns
The arrival of the Duggars’ newborn came just weeks after Josh was spotted back in Rockford meeting up with members of the faith-based rehab facility where he previously sought treatment for his addiction problems. A pregnant Anna was also seen accompanying her husband at the time, though the couple refrained from kissing or hugging during the out-of-state trip.
Many believed Josh was heading back to rehab to work on his issues before the birth of their child.
“For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time,” the couple said in a statement earlier this year. “As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!”
Josh and Anna are also parents to Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 6,Marcus, 4, and Meredith, 2.
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