Josh Duggar, who was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison on child pornography charges on May 25, is the father of seven young kids. His wife, Anna Duggar (née Keller), gave birth to baby No. 7 on October 23. To learn more about their family, keep reading.
When did Josh and Anna Duggar get married?
The TLC personalities tied the knot in September 2008. However, they began courting two years prior after meeting at a homeschooling convention.
In April 2021, Anna took to Instagram to reveal she and Josh were expecting their seventh child. “It’s a GIRL!!!!! We are overjoyed to announce baby seven is on the way and we can’t wait to hold her in our arms this fall!” the 19 Kids and Counting alum captioned a gender reveal video. Anna also added the hashtags “little Duggars” and “baby seven.”
Josh and Anna Duggar have seven kids:
“I’m a Christian. Happily married and have 6 beautiful children,” Anna’s Instagram biography, which hasn’t been updated since the birth of their youngest, reads. The couple shares daughter Mackynzie, 12, son Michael, 10, son Marcus, 8, daughter Meredith, 6, son Mason, 4, and daughter Maryella, 3, and daughter Madyson, 6 months.
In February 2022, Anna broke her silence on her husband’s conviction. “There is more to the story,” she shared in an Instagram post on February 3, directing followers to the link in her bio.
The link took readers to Josh’s motion for acquittal or a new trial. In the paperwork obtained by In Touch, Josh’s attorneys argued that the prosecution failed to present evidence that Duggar “knew that the visual depictions were of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”
Aside from Anna, the entire Duggar family released a statement following Josh’s court hearing on April 30, 2021, where he pleaded not guilty.
The former reality star’s legal team has since requested to push back his impending trial to 2022, but the judge opted to extend the time to only four months later. Josh’s trial began on November 30, and he was found guilty of two charges of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material on December 9, In Touch confirmed. After his guilty verdict, Josh told his wife he “loves” her.
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shared on their family’s website. “We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.”
Josh’s sister Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, also released a statement of their own. “We want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice,” the couple wrote via Instagram.
Josh, who was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography, faced “up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000.00 on each count,” according to a United States Attorney’s Office press release obtained by In Touch, and was ultimately sentenced to 151 months – roughly 12.5 years – in prison on May 25, 2022.
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