Kate IN­VES­TI­GATED FOR CHILD ABUSE

Monster mom? Kate Gos­selin is ac­cused of dis­turb­ing be­hav­ior

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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.

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