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In Touch has exclusively obtained Benton County, Ark., public legal documents revealing that on Aug. 31, the former 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, were granted temporary guardianship of an 8-year-old boy — making that their 20th child.
The 8-year-old boy is the son of Michelle’s niece, Rachel Hutchins, who’s been struggling to care for him. Rachel, 23, is homeless, unemployed and has had a slew of financial setbacks and problems with the law.
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Public records obtained by In Touch reveal that Rachel — who had the boy as an unmarried teen — is on probation for three years following an April arrest on felony charges for breaking and entering at a Springdale, Ark., tow truck business and stealing a pocket knife and $2 in change.
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The documents also confirm that Jim Bob and Michelle are due back in court on Nov. 14 to make the guardianship permanent. “There’s a strong hope that once that happens they will be able to adopt him,” an insider says.
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Rachel has already signed documents giving the Duggars guardianship. “She gave up custody of her son [in August 2015] to her mother, Michelle’s sister Carolyn. But in July, Carolyn suffered a stroke,” adds the insider. (The boy’s father is not listed on the birth certificate and is undetermined according to court papers.)
Jim Bob and Michelle plan to keep their 20th child off of TV, which means fans of Jill & Jessa: Counting On may never get to meet the new addition to the family. (In Touch is not releasing his name or showing his photo.)
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