Josh Duggar has welcomed his seventh child as he awaits the start of his trial on child pornography charges.
Today his wife Anna, 33, announced on Instagram that she has given birth to a baby girl named Madyson Lily Duggar.
The newborn came into the world on October 23 at 2:39 p.m., giving the family about a month of secrecy ahead of the public birth announcement.
Josh does not currently live with Anna or his children, having been released on house arrest to a third party in May a week after his arrest.
However, several sources have reported that Anna has visited frequently and also brought their children along for supervised visits.
Just what they need – more kids! Anna Duggar announced the arrival of her and husband Josh’s seventh child on Instagram today: Madyson Lily was born on October 23 at 2:39 p.m.
Daddy’s little secret: They have kept the baby’s birth a secret for a month as Josh, 33, awaits the start of his trial on November 30
Protect them: Josh and Anna are already parents to Mackenzie, 11, Michael, 10, Marcus, 8, Meredith, 6, Mason, 3, and Maryella, 23 months
‘Meet little Madyson Lily Duggar!’ Anna wrote on Instagram shortly after noon today.
She said the baby weight seven pounds, nine ounces and measured 20 inches.
She included a photo of the little girl wearing a light green onesie and a flower headband.
Josh and Anna are already parents to Mackenzie, 11, Michael, 10, Marcus, 8, Meredith, 6, Mason, 3, and Maryella, 23 months, at least some of whom were born at home.
The couple revealed that they were expecting their seventh child in April — just days before Josh was arrested on federal charges of child porn.
One agent described what was found on Josh’s computer to be ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’
Josh and Anna also told fans they were expecting a girl.
New dad: Josh was indicted on federal charges in April stemming from a 2019 raid that turned up a trove of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children
Letting this man be around kids: Anna is reportedly ‘going to stick by him no matter what’ – even as he set to go on trial on two child pornography charges
Despite the serious nature of Josh’s charges, the couple’s baby joy may very well be just that, as several sources have indicated that Anna is sticking by Josh no matter what.
A Duggar family friend previously told Fox News that Anna has no intention of taking the kids and leaving, regardless of what happens with Josh’s trial.
‘Divorce is never going to be a first option [for Anna]. It’s going to be a last, last resort,’ the source said. ‘That is the kind of wife she is, and the kind of person she is and the kind of family that they are.’
Turning to divorce is not ‘how she was raised,’ the source said, adding: ‘It’s what she was taught in her relationship with God.’
‘She and his family are going to stick by him no matter what,’ the friend continued.
‘They obviously won’t agree with some things he’s done in the past and don’t know what’s happening with what’s going on right now but they’re always going to love him and stand by him and want the best for him, and want him to do things right. They’re never going to be different than that.’
Another insider told People in May that Anna ‘thinks Josh is innocent.’
Family man: Duggar is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online back in 2019
Very logical thinker: Anna reportedly ‘thinks Josh is innocent’ and blames both his parents and President Biden for his arrest
The Sun also reported on Anna’s intention to stand by Josh, with a source telling the outlet that the soon-to-be-mother-of-seven is in ‘denial’ and blames Josh’s parents.
‘Jim Bob is telling people she is defending Josh and no longer speaking to most of the family,’ the source said.
‘Jim Bob said she blames him and wife Michelle for Josh’s arrest. Anna feels it all stems from how they dealt with his previous molestation scandal after he assaulted his sisters.’
She is also pointing a finger at the President.
‘She also thinks that this case is a conspiracy theory against her husband set up by the Biden administration,’ the source said. ‘She believes that if Donald Trump was still in power this would not be happening, and refuses to believe he’s done anything wrong.’
She has reportedly taken their kids to visit him at the home of LaCount and Maria Reber, where he is staying, on numerous occasions.
‘[Josh] has seen [his] children with Anna there. She has to be there,’ an insider claimed to People.
All’s forgiven! Josh famously admitted to molesting four of his younger sisters and a fifth child when he was a teenager
The Sun had previously reported on the visit, quoting the Rebers’ neighbor, Jason Gemeiner, who said that he had seen visitors arriving at the property, and believed them to be Josh’s wife and children.
In fact, one source added that Anna had all but moved in with the Rebers as well.
Two sources told The Sun that Anna ‘has pretty much moved in’ to the Rebers’ one-story house, which has four bedrooms in all.
She had been staying in the ‘mother-in-law suite,’ and though it is unclear whether Josh is also staying in that room, the stipulations of his bail do not bar him from sleeping with his wife.
Faced with the choice to live with her kids or her husband, it appears that Anna has prioritized her husband.
Meanwhile, supportive family members are reportedly helping her raise her children, with her sister Priscilla and her husband David especially stepping up.