The Dillards Issue Statement: Heavy Hearts For Anna & Her 7 Children

Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard YouTube, Anna Duggar Instagram (Dillards)

The Dillards, Jill and Derick, have issued a statement on Josh Duggar’s guilty verdict in his child pornography case. The couple shared their feelings toward Anna Duggar, his wife, as well as their seven children. Keep reading to get a full update on Josh’s case and see what the Dillards have to say.

On Thursday, December 9, Josh was declared guilty in his child pornography case. He was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

After Josh was taken into custody, the Duggar family, including Derick left the courthouse. Though Jill attended a session on Wednesday, she wasn’t there on Thursday. While leaving the courthouse, The Sun asked Derick for a reaction. He said, “I’m just gonna go back and tell my wife.”

Derick Dillard Instagram
Derick Dillard Instagram

Shortly after the guilty verdict came out, Derick made a statement to Peoplesaying, “We just wanted to, among other things, see the facts for ourselves. America is the best country to get justice.”

The Dillards feel sorry for Anna Duggar and her children.

On their family blog, the Dillards broke their silence on Josh’s guilty verdict. They wrote:

“Today was difficult for our family.  Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation.  We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse.”

The family also included a couple of applicable scripture verses.

Then, they expressed their feelings toward Anna and her seven children. She and Josh have four daughters, Mackynzie, Meredith, Maryella, and Madyson, and three sons, Michael, Marcus, and Mason. Their youngest is just one month old and their oldest is 12 years old.

The Dillards concluded their statement, writing:

Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself.  Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions.  Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future.  This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else.  Josh’s family has a long road ahead.  We stand with them, we are praying for them, and we will seek to support them however we can during this dark time.”

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have also issued a statement.

So, what do you think of the Dillards’ statement on Josh Duggar’s guilty verdict? Do you appreciate how they care for Anna Duggar and her seven kids? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. For more news about the Duggar family, come back to TV Shows Ace. 

Aubrey Chorpenning


  1. I thought the Dillard’s release was very well worded. Showing their support for the innocent family members that will suffer as well as being clear on who the victims were instead of deflecting

  2. I believe their hearts are right with God and will support the innocent. The wife and Josh’s kids did NOTchoose this for their lives. Josh’s action will have a effect on the whole family and close friends.
    They are, I believe doing the best with the situation. I feel for the parents. They are good family trying to raise their children with morals and accountability. But we, as parents know that some children try to make their own choices.
    He’s old enough to know right from wrong. He chose a different life than his parents and church tried to lead him in.
    Please don’t make it about the parents or family. He’s a man. Or suppose to be.

    He let his family, wife, kids, and himself down. The family, all of them are victims to Josh’s choices. The SHAME BROUGHT ON BY HIS SELFISH CHOICES AND ACTIONS. In prison he’ll learn what being victimized will feel like. I think it will be a hard road for Josh’s and all the victims in this case. Josh is a pretty boy, in prison that’s not what you want to be.

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