Attorney Fears Celebrity Trumps Security in the Case of OctoMom
High-profile litigator Gloria Allred went on the Today Show this morning to publicly respond to OctoMom Nadya Suleman's recent actions. Allred says the mother of 14 "only cares about her babies when the cameras are rolling," according to the OC Register. Allred also reveals that "there have been two intruders on two different nights at the La Habra home since Nadya moved in only a week ago, raising legitimate fears of baby abductions." She added that Suleman asked one of the nannies to make the 911 call "because she was concerned she had done too many 911 calls,” herself.
What is angering Allred is what seems to be Suleman's indifference to the true well-being of the children in exchange for opportunities for fame. One such action includes Suleman ending the free in-home professional nursing care that had been provided for her, after tenuous negotiations involving TV therapist Dr Phil, by the non-profit group Angels in Waiting--help Suleman initially balked at because the caregivers refused to work side by side with a camera crew for fear of the babies' safety. Suleman let the help go, claiming they were freaking her out and spying on her, but Allred, who is the group's legal representative, believes Angels' nurses were looking out for the children's best interests:
[N]urses with the non-profit have felt that the octuplets have truly been in risky situations, which is why they filed three reports with Child Protective Services. “If they see a child endangered…or in any way at risk of great harm, they are legally required,” to report it, Allred says on the show. Asked if that was the case, Allred said: “In the nurses views, yes.”
Allred also cites Suleman's lack of priorities as evidenced by her recent choice to add amenities to her home and not precautions: “Instead of improving security, she puts in her own jacuzzi.” Allred will be holding a press conference today at 1 p.m. to further discuss the Suleman controversy.