But on Tuesday, according to the La Habra Police Department, Octomom was the subject of an investigation by both the city's finest and the Orange County Social Services after a woman told police she had concerns about the well-being of Suleman's children.
However, La Habra PD today announced that no signs of neglect or maltreatment were noted during the investigation and no further actions were being taken. And despite unsanitary reports to the contrary, La Habra police tell E! News the Suleman's home plumbing was indeed functional at the time of the visit.
As for the investigation itself, while Orange County Social Services does not comment specifically on individual investigations, Terry Lynn Fisher, the public information officer of the department, explained how the Suleman run-through likely played out.
"You have to look at the whole picture, not just one thing," she told E! News. "There are days when the plumbing goes out and you have to call a plumber. It's not against the law for people to leave unfolded laundry on the floor. It's not against the law to allow kids to draw on the walls and create masterpieces."
Which isn't to say that's the condition investigators were met with. Though as for another reported aspect of the Suleman home—namely that there were outdoor training toilets on the property—Fisher noted that had that been the case, it wouldn't necessarily merit a violation.
"Look, she's toilet-training eight 3-year-olds," Fisher said. "While the situation may not meet your or my idea, it's not against the law."
Besides, Fisher said that she saw photos of the octo-house and said it was far from the worst of what she's experienced.
"While her home isn't in pristine condition, it's not against the law. It's nothing like the homes we have seen. I've seen a home where the walls looked like they were moving, cockroaches crawling up and down the wall, even falling out of the ceiling.
"Our goal is not to remove kids from the families. It's to strengthen the families. We make every attempt to let families stay together. We don't yank kids from the home unnecessarily. If we get a call that a child is being neglected, they would look at the conditions, see if any immediate risk that would place the children in danger."
Earlier this month, Octomom's car was vandalized and police investigated a possible death threat against her.
"She is just anxious to move her family as quickly as possible," Suleman's manager told E! News at the time.
(Originally published on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 a.m. PT)