Reality TV star Kate Gosselin was reportedly the subject of a child abuse investigation earlier this year. The famous mom of eight and star of TLC’s hit reality TV series Kate Plus 8 was under investigation for the serious allegations after her son Collin was enrolled in a special needs program and sent to a treatment facility.
Back in August, the 41-year-old reality TV mom revealed that she enrolled Collin “in a program that is helping him learn the skills he needs to be the best him he can be,” according to People. It was around that time when the alleged child abuse case was opened against Kate, because Collin reportedly told the staff at the treatment center that his mother had been abusive towards him.
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“Collin said something to the facility’s staff and it was reported to Children and Youth Services [CYS], which started an official probe,” the source told Life and Style.
The source also revealed that local police officers were the ones who informed Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin about the investigation. Kate shares 12-year-old sextuplets Collin, Aaden, Joel, Leah, Hannah and Alexis plus 16-year-old twin daughters Cara and Mady with Jon, and he’s been open in the past about his strained relationship with his children.
It seems like Kate’s other children may have suffered physical abuse from their mother. A former nanny who worked with the Gosselin family while Jon and Kate were still married said that twins Mady and Cara would get “open-handed” spankings from their mother.
This isn’t the first time Kate has been accused of physical abusing her children. A book excerpt from the 2014 expose titled Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World, Kate allegedly wrote in her diary about how she “whipped” and “spanked” Collin, who was a toddler at the time, after a potty training accident.
This shocking news comes just two weeks before Kate and her children return for a new season of their reality series Kate Plus 8 which premieres Tuesday, November 22 at 10 p.m. on TLC.
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