WHITTIER, Calif. – Police say they've visited the homes of octuplet mom Nadya Suleman several times in the last 14 months to respond to complaints about lost, trapped or poorly cared for children.
Suleman gave birth to octuplets Jan. 26, and has six other children, ages 2 to 7.
Whittier Police Officer Jason Zulke says in July 2008, police and the Department of Child and Family Services visited Suleman's home after a complaint that the children appeared poorly cared for.
Zulke says both agencies determined the complaint was unfounded.
Police also visited the home to free a child from a locked bedroom, and when Suleman called to report her 5-year-old daughter missing. The child had wandered off and was found safe.
Suleman tells RadarOnline.com a neighbor who alerted police was unhappy because her family was loud and she allowed her children to play in the mud.
Suleman, 33, jobless and receiving food stamps, drew international headlines and a torrent of public ridicule after giving birth January 26 to octuplets conceived through in vitro fertilization.
That criticism intensified when it was learned she already had six children, ages 2 to 7, that she was collecting disability checks for three of them, and that they all were living with the grandmother.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.