Once again, the reality television couple, Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar, have become parents. Last week, they gave a welcome party to their eight-year-old nephew, even as he got adopted as the 20th child in their family. The Duggars have been given custody of Michelle's 8-year-old nephew, named Tyler Hutchins, by the courts.
The child faces a traumatized past, with his mother, Rachel Hutchins, having become an unwed teenage mother and then having struggled to raise him. As she got a son at the age of 16, she found it tough to bring him up. She is reportedly a "good person" who made some "bad decisions," according to Mail Online.
Tyler has put her son through traumatic times. She was arrested for "breaking and entering," and also did not have either a job or employment for a number of years, so she gave over her child to her mother, who was Michelle's sister. However, when the mother suffered a stroke last year in July, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar took over the caretaking, according to Gossipcop.
The court ruling is in their favor. Yet it still does not wipe out the searing past of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar or clear the family of the many issues pending against it. It was in 2015 that they came into the limelight. Their eldest son Josh revealed that he had abused four of his sisters, even though he had been a teenager in 2002 and 2003. While his shocking behavior had been covered for a number of years, it finally shocked the world when it became news. Josh had also been caught cheating on his wife Anna Duggar, and meanwhile had become a subscriber to another online dating website called Ashley Madison.
Hence, TLC network stopped their show "19 Kids and Counting." The Duggars also suffered losses of millions in promotional deals as well as endorsements. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar also did not even get regular reality show paychecks, it is rumored. Still, the courts have given Rachel Hutchins' son to them, ruling that they are "fit enough parents" to look after Tyler. The judge had said that it would be in the boy's "best interest" to be brought up by the family.
So even as "19 kids and counting" now becomes a story of the 20th kid, will Tyler also be an add-on to their latest "Jill and Jessa: Counting On" show? Tyler might indeed become part of the new story. You can tune into the episodes and watch for it.