LA Police to Investigate Threats to Octuplet Mom
This image made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman speaking at a fertility clinic in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/KTLA)
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer / AP
February 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES – Police said Thursday they will investigate death threats against octuplet mom Nadya Suleman and advise her publicist on how to handle a torrent of other nasty messages that have flooded his office.
Word that the 33-year-old single, unemployed mother is receiving public assistance to care for the 14 children she conceived through in vitro fertilization has stoked furor among many people.
Police Lt. John Romero said officers were meeting with Suleman’s publicist Mike Furtney about the flood of angry phone calls and e-mail messages against Suleman, her children and Furtney.
“We are aware of the media accounts of the threats, and that they are being sent to the West Los Angeles detectives for appropriate action,” Romero said.
Furtney said 500 new e-mails were received early Thursday.
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“We’re talking to the Los Angeles Police Department to get their best advice as to how to regard these messages,” Furtney said as the phone in his office rang constantly.
He is also consulting with a security professional to get advice on any precautions that might need to be taken.
Suleman is living in an undisclosed location and spends time with all her kids every day, Furtney said. The octuplets are expected to remain in the hospital for several more weeks.
Not all the calls have been angry. One family from the Midwest has invited Suleman and her brood to live on their farm, Furtney said.