It’s been a bad week in the Duggar house.
Just one day after eldest Duggar offspring Josh was convicted of receiving and possessing child sex abuse materials, TMZ broke the news that his sister, Jana, has been officially charged with the crime of endangering the welfare of a child! Jana appeared on both of the families TV shows, 19 Kids and Counting (which was cancelled because of Josh) and Counting On (which was also cancelled because of Josh).
“The circumstances surrounding the charge are still unknown… but we’re told Jana…was cited on September 9, 2021…she’ll be back in court next month,” the site reports, stating that the charge was confirmed by a court clerk.
The former reality TV star has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Jana— who is the oldest of the Duggar girls and has no children of her own— was present in the courtroom only one day during Josh’s trial. She has yet to speak out on the charge.
It is unknown whose child Jana is accused of endangering.
The Elms Springs, Arkansas District court clerk confirmed the charge to The Ashley on Friday. Jana was charged with a Class A misdemeanor on September 10, one day after the alleged crime took place..
Her bail was set at $430, and she has a hearing set for January 10, 2022.
The Ashley spoke to Emily D. Baker, former LA Deputy District Attorney, legal analyst and host of The Emily Show podcast, regarding Jana’s charge.
She confirmed that Jana’s charge is almost certainly not related to anything regarding Josh or his pre-trial bond, stating that, had Jana done something (such as let Josh see a sibling or one of his children unsupervised, etc.), Josh’s bond would have also been revoked and he would have been taken into custody at that time. (The judge in the case even noted yesterday that Josh never violated the terms of his bond.)
According to the Arkansas Uniform Law Enforcement Citation from the incident, obtained by The Ashley, is appears that whatever went down happened at or very close to the Duggar Compound. The location of the incident is listed as the Duggar home, with a cross-street also listed. There is one person (whose name is unknown to The Ashley) listed as a witness.
It does not appear that the incident had anything to do with a vehicle (such as leaving a child unattended in a car, which is one of the reasons someone could be charged for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the third degree.) The citation includes questions regarding the vehicle involved, if any, and the officer as clearly written on the citation that this is “Not applicable” to the incident involving Jana.
In Arkansas, the offense of “Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the Third Degree” is a Class B misdemeanor. (Just FYI, “third degree” is less-serious offense than the crime in the “first degree.” This offense is described as “the responsible adult’s behavior leads to the harm or injury of a minor’s physical and mental welfare.”
Many details in the case are sealed, in order to protect that privacy of the minor(s) involved.
UPDATE: Jana and some of her siblings have spoken out, providing more information on the incident that led to Jana being charged. Click here to read what they said!
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