October 2, 2022
Jana Duggar

Jana Duggar breaks silence on child endangerment citation: ‘It was an accident’

Jana Duggar has damaged her silence amid the information that she obtained a quotation for endangering the welfare of a minor

Jana, 31, obtained the quotation on Sept. 9, per a court docket doc obtained by PEOPLE on Friday. She pleaded not responsible to the cost and is scheduled to look in court docket for a bench trial on Jan. 10. 

On Tuesday, she addressed the scenario in an announcement on her Instagram Story and supplied extra particulars about what occurred. 

“I’m only sharing this because the media has been having a field day with it all. I prefer a more private life, but I know my last name means that everything we do is open to public criticism and interest, especially during this time,” she wrote, referencing brother Josh Duggar‘s latest trial and conviction

Jana’s assertion went on to put out what she referred to as “the raw facts” of the incident. 

“I was babysitting a few months ago when one of the children wandered outside alone. A passerby who saw the child called the police,” she wrote. “This resulted in a written citation, as well as a follow-up with child welfare who concluded that it was an accident and the child was unharmed.” 

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“They recognized it was a case of a child slipping out of the house when you turn your back for a moment. It all happened so quickly and was scary. I am grateful for law enforcement and those who protect and serve our community. I was certainly never arrested like some may have implied. In the end I was just upset at myself that it had happened at all, but so thankful it all ended safely and that’s truly what mattered most to me,” she concluded. 

Jana Duggar | Credit score: Jana Duggar/Instagram

A number of of Jana’s relations have spoken out in assist of her because the information of her quotation broke, together with cousin Amy Duggar King and youthful sister Jessa (Duggar) Seewald

“Getting messages about headlines about Jana. Bottom line — it was an innocent mistake,” Jessa, 29, wrote earlier on Tuesday. “She was babysitting and one of the kids slipped out the door unnoticed, but it ended safely. Could’ve happened to anyone.” 

“She’s without question one of the most amazing women I know and I’d trust her with my kids any day of the week. Do me a favor — give the girl a break, and all you perfect humans go back to living your lives,” she continued.

Amy additionally got here to Jana’s protection on her Instagram Story on Saturday, writing, “I will call out what is right and I will call out what is wrong. This couldn’t have been intentional.”

“I bet you were exhausted, stressed and just emotionally worn out,” she added. “Watching multiple kids is hard! Bc there’s so many of them and you only have two eyes!! It’s a very sad situation going on and my heart goes out to @janamduggar love you.”

Amy, 34, additionally mentioned in her message that “the child was ok and found.”

The information of Jana’s child endangerment cost got here someday after brother Josh, 33, was discovered responsible on the fees of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse materials following an eight-day trial in Arkansas. 

The 19 Youngsters and Counting alum, who beforehand admitted to a number of incidents of molesting minors when he was a youngster, faces as much as 20 years of imprisonment and as much as $250,000 in fines. His sentencing is predicted in 4 months, however a date hasn’t been scheduled, pending a pre-sentence investigation.