LA Police To Investigate Threats To Octuplet Mom

Police said Thursday they will investigate death threats against octuplet mother 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.

"We're talking to the Los Angeles Police Department to get their best advice as to how to regard these messages," he 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.

"One thing that keeps me from jumping out the window is that we've heard from many people offering some kind of support: clothing, food, financial or other help," he said.

Suleman has been supporting her six other children with $490 a month in food stamps and receives Social Security disability payments for three of the youngsters that could total $2,379 a month.

She has estimated her in vitro fertilization procedures have cost $100,000.

Suleman has said she saved for the treatments by working double shifts and also used money from a disability award exceeding $165,000 that she received after an on-the-job back injury.

The benefits were discontinued last year.

The Suleman octuplets' medical costs have not been disclosed, but in 2006, the average cost for a premature baby's hospital stay in California was $164,273, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Eight times that equals $1.3 million.

For a single mother, the cost of raising 14 children through age 17 ranges from $1.3 million to $2.7 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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  • by none ya Location: cant tell on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    ok why is she gonna have more kids when she already has 6 no hubby no job. this world is already in a big debt and so many is layed off many is going hungry and shes gonna go having more kids that she nor the welfare can take care of. i believe in god to but he didnt tell one woman to go have alot of babies that u cant take care of. i hope that thay take them away and give them to a family that wants kids and can take care of them bc thats what they need.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 14, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Is this the same as being on welfare and having more children to stay on welfare. The last time I heard, this was okay. Ask a democrat.
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    I was wondering how someone of this caliber aquire a publicist?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    This is the most irrespnosible person I have ever known of. She has shown none of the atributes for being a mother. Sounds like some of those who purchased houses they could not afford and expect the tax payer to pay for their stupidy.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    this so- called woman needs some serious help mentally.I would take these babies and support them without public assistance.Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    She does not deserve to be threatened, but she definitely do not need to create any more children. Who does she think she is? Eve? Animama, you're right. She and her children need to go live on the farm. If she wants to work off of the farm, then that's fine, but those kids can get some farming experience!
  • by jackie/ n. c. Location: greenville n. c. on Feb 13, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    well good. she sould have through before she had all these babies, she want tax payers to pay for her,and her babies,get off her a.. and get a job, bottom line. people work to hard.
  • by JAM Location: WASINGTON on Feb 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    leave this woman alone your tax dollar going to support this kids and there not a thing you can do about it so please let this lady be and let pray for all those kids!!!!!i just hope she know what she has done
  • by Animama on Feb 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Send her to the farm family in the midwest who offered her lodging. You don't lay around on a farm, there's always work to do! Maybe (?) she could earn her keep..
  • by Rainy Location: Jacksonville on Feb 13, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    Who is the idiot Doctor that went along with this? hasn't he heard of Darwin's theory?! It is obvious she is an idiot and should not have been allowed to procreate.
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