Jana Duggar, sister of Josh Duggar, charged with child endangerment

The Duggar family, who once had a massive television following, seem to be generating negative headlines on a weekly basis.

According to NBC News, 31-year-old Jana Duggar, the sister of Josh Duggar who was recently convicted in a disturbing case involving photos of children, was charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. 

It should be noted that as of this writing, Jana Duggar’s criminal case is not related to Josh Duggar’s case, as he was found guilty last month in Fayetteville, Arkansas of downloading and possessing child abuse sexual images on the computer he used for work.

According to court filings, Jana Duggar pleaded not guilty to the charge in September, and the alleged incident that landed her the charge allegedly took place on Sept. 9.

Notably, details of Jana Duggar’s case, thus far, have remained sealed. NBC News reported that neither the attorney listed as counsel for Jana Duggar nor the Duggar family has responded to comment concerning the charge.

However, according to Arkansas state law, in order to receive such a charge, a person generally must have engaged “in conduct creating a substantial risk of serious harm to the physical or mental welfare of a person known by the actor to be a minor.”

Such a charge is a serious one, as depending on the outcome of a trial by judge set for January, Jana Duggar could face as much as three years behind bars and up to a $1,000 fine, if convicted.

The Duggar family rose to fame through the show 19 Kids and Counting, which aired on the TLC network for some seven years, from 2008 to 2015. The show was shot on sight at the Duggar residence, which was described as a multigenerational residence.

Only time will tell where Jana Duggar will end up, but it appears as if the attorneys representing the massive family are certainly earning their paychecks these days.