Former Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin is facing some very serious allegations about her parenting and alleged child abuse.
According to Radar Online, the television personality has been accused of spanking her children with a wooden spoon and scolding her oldest twins in front of strangers, this according to court documents filed in 2010 by her ex-husband Jon Gosselin.
The legal documents reportedly also include a “Father’s Statement of Issues,” which makes some truly shocking claims. In it, Jon’s lawyer writes about how Kate hit their then-5-year-old daughter, Leah, so hard she was left with a “large red welt” on her bottom.
“On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, while bathing Leah, Father found large red welt on her read [sic] end,” the document states. “Later explained that it was from Mother, after Leah bit Hannah…Several children have come forward to Father complaining that they get hurt when Mother spanks them.”
The paperwork then went on to state that Jon disagrees with the way his ex-wife disciplines their children.
“While Father would prefer that Mother not physically discipline the children, if Mother is going to do so, she should not do so to the point of leaving marks on the children,” the document reads.
There are also allegations that Kate is a negligent mother who does not dress her children appropriately for the cold weather.
“Children must be properly dressed for weather,” Jon’s lawyer stated. “On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Father attended field trip with Hannah, Joel, Leah, and Aaden. Boys were dressed in cowboy boots and girls were dressed in Ugg boots.”
“Ground was cold and wet and children slipped and got shoes dirty. Boys were dressed in pants and sweatshirt, with no undershirt or coat. It was 39 degrees that morning and children complained of being cold.”
“Both Mother and Father will ensure that children are properly dressed with warm winter attire.”
UPDATE (March 20): According to Radar Online, a 2010 document submitted to the Berks County, Pennsylvania, court also alleges that two teachers had revealed to Jon that his wife’s babysitter had locked the children inside their bedrooms at night.
“The children told the teachers that they were scared and that Alexis had broken a mirror when she could not get out of her room to use the bathroom,” Jon’s lawyer allegedly wrote. “The children also told the teachers that they were scared to tell Father about it because they did not want to get into trouble with Mother.”
The paperwork goes on to claim that the children are sometimes made to eat moldy food.
“When they do not eat an item in their lunch, Mother packs that exact item the next day, and the next day until they eat it,” the documents state. “Hannah reported having moldy strawberries, and Alexis said her sandwich was stale. Leah said she had some food left over from lunch for many weeks.”
While the allegations are pretty serious, it is, of course, only one side of the story.