Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar: Guilty of Felony Child Endangerment?

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Throughout the Josh Duggar sexual abuse scandal, one of the biggest questions on the minds of both fans and critics of the Duggars has been: Why didn't his parents do more to prevent the abuse from continuing?

Jim Bob Duggar defended his failure to report Josh's abuse during his recent interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, but there were some major holes in his argument.

Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar

He claimed that as parents, he and Michelle were not "mandatory reporters" and were under no legal obligation to report Josh to the authorities.

It turns out Jim Bob was wrong about the mandatory reporting law and that homeschool teachers (such as he and Michelle) are in fact legally obligated to report all instances of sexual abuse against children.

Now, some legal experts are saying that that's not the only law Michelle and Jim Bob violated when they failed to report Josh's crimes.

In Touch magazine claims to have spoken to several authorities on the matter, all of whom say the Duggars are guilty of "felony child endangerment" for allowing Josh to abuse his victims on at least seven occasions.

Josh confessed his crimes to his parents three separate times before they finally turned him over to the authorities, and even then, they took him to a local police officer who was also a friend of the family.

The Duggars claim Josh received a "stern lecture" from the officer, and nothing more.

Naturally, Jim Bob and Michelle will never face any charges, as the statute of limitations on their alleged crimes has expired. But of course, that doesn't make them any less guilty, and many believe it's just one more reason that TLC should cancel 19 Kids and Counting, effective immediately.

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