Our cameras were rolling when Nadya Suleman's mother Angela arrived at her home in La Habra California Thursday afternoon, fighting mad.
Mom had in her hands a local newspaper with the headline "Octo-Mom's Son's Black Eye Investigated."
Angela --clearly agitated at yet more negative publicity -- demanded to know what had happened. The conversation between mother and daughter -- who already have a strained relationship-- quickly turned into a shouting match. Nadya told her mother the media was "exaggerating" the story involving her 3-year-old autistic son Aidan.
On Wednesday, the La Habra Police Department and Social Services of Orange County paid a visit to Suleman's home to investigate a claim of neglect.
Suleman says she thinks her son Aidan's teacher made the call to authorities after he went to school Monday with a black eye and a bite mark on his back from one of his siblings. Nadya said the teacher had put a note in her son's backpack, but she hadn't seen it until Tuesday, and assumes the teacher alerted authorities when she didn't respond. Suleman said she doesn't expect a follow-up visit and that she isn't upset that the officials investigated the claims. She said they asked her how many nannies were in the home at one time and what kind of disciplinary action she took with the kids, and before leaving, commented on how well-organized her home was.
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Social Services of Orange County wouldn't comment on the investigation, citing confidentiality laws. Suleman said that because Aidan is autistic, he often bumps into things. She thinks the black eye actually happened at school.