Kate INVESTIGATED FOR CHILD ABUSE
Monster mom? Kate Gosselin is accused of disturbing behavior
Kate Gosselin revealed in September that she and her children will be returning to television next year. “Full season of Kate Plus 8 returning in January! #Yay,” she wrote on Instagram. And TLC has even more reality TV starring Kate and her kids coming after that. “Kate signed on for four more years,” an insider tells In Touch exclusively, “which is insane when she knows some of the kids don’t want to film. But she always has to have complete control.”
But there’s one thing Kate doesn’t want people to see on TV. Earlier this year, she became the focus of a child abuse investigation, the insider tells In Touch exclusively. “Their father, Jon, was made aware of an investigation and was interviewed about Kate and their kids,” twins Mady and Cara, 16, and sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah, 12. It all went down just days after Kate, 41, sent their son Collin away to a facility. “Collin has special needs,” Kate recently revealed, and is “enrolled in a program that is helping him learn the skills he needs to be the best him he can be.” At the facility, Collin claimed to have suffered abuse at Kate’s hands. Reveals the insider: “Collin said something to the staff and it was reported to Children and Youth Services [CYS].”
Kate could face serious repercussions. If the probe finds that she abused her child, she could be looking at prison time. “Endangering the welfare of children is a misdemeanor of the first degree,” explains Pennsylvania attorney Scott Wolpert, who doesn’t represent the Pennsylvania-based Gosselins. That sentence carries a maximum of five years in prison. “But if there is proof in court of [ongoing, purposeful] endangerment, it can be elevated to a felony of the third degree.” The maximum sentence for that offense is seven years behind bars.
Collin has always been treated differently than the other kids. “He was forced to eat and sleep separately and had to earn time with the rest of the family members,” says the insider. In 2012, it was revealed in the book Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World that she’d repeatedly spanked Collin and pulled his hair as a young boy. The book was based on Kate’s personal journal — found on a computer hard drive that she threw out, according to the author. In the passages, Kate confesses to being “too rough” with her son. On Jan. 2, 2007, she recounted how, after Collin poured beans on the floor and knocked down three high chairs, “I grabbed him and spanked him as hard as I could and thought I may seriously injure him.” Four months later, she wrote about losing her temper again. “I really, really lost it! I pulled Collin up by the hair and I spanked [ him] so hard!” she wrote. Says the insider: “Jon often had to stand between Kate and the kids to stop her from hitting them.”
A former nanny tells In Touch that during her tenure, she witnessed Kate hitting the children. “Kate would spank the kids,” says the onetime Gosselin childcare worker. (The insider points out that Kate has gone through 14 nannies over the years.) “She would either spank them then send them to their room, or send them to their room then talk to them and spank them. They were scared. This happened a few times a week.”
Kate demanded order in the house. “She always enforces her belief that chores come before homework,” says the insider. “Sometimes the kids are wiped out because she’s woken them up at 3 a.m. to clean the house, the floors and kitchen.” And nothing changes during Pennsylvania’s brutal winters. “Kate has had them clean the chicken coop at night in the snow,” adds the insider. “It’s freezing and dark. It’s just awful.” ◼
She calls them stupid and degrades them” — AN INSIDER ON HOW KATE TREATS HER KIDS
FULL OF RAGE “Lord, I am begging you to help me be a loving, caring, kind and slow-toanger mommy,” Kate wrote in her diary. “Please stop me somehow from hurting my kids.” DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS “It’s crushing to Jon that he has no idea where his son Collin is,” says an insider.