Brad Pitt's Alleged Child Abuse Nightmare Doesn't Seem to Be Ending Anytime Soon

brad pitt and familyWhile the news that Brad Pitt was recently reunited with his children seemed like a positive development, the 52-year-old actor still isn't out of the woods just yet: Not only is the investigation into Pitt's alleged child abuse still going, but it's also reportedly being expanded to involve multiple incidents, possibly with all six of Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kids -- instead of just 15-year-old Maddox. (Of course, though, there are a lot of conflicting reports about it and about whether it's even been expanded at all.)

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It's been reported that the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services originally focused its efforts on determining what happened between Pitt and Maddox on the family's private plane on September 14 (when the father was allegedly "verbally abusive" and "physical" during an argument). Now, however, a source "connected with Jolie" told the Huffington Post that the DCFS inquiry (which DCFS has not commented on at all) will expand to an analysis of his behavior with the whole brood.

Why? According to another source quoted in In Touch, the investigation was supposed to be over by the end of October, but hasn't been closed yet because of new accusations leveled at Pitt (such as "multiple alleged instances of verbal abuse"). And some of the Jolie-Pitt kids have been "fearful" around their dad (this info courtesy of yet another source cited by TMZ) 

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Jolie and the children have all been interviewed by the FBI at this point, as "agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed," and are "looking into charges of assault" (we know this thanks to YET ANOTHER source, this time quoted in Us Weekly). 

Except, wait! Maybe a whole lot of the above isn't even true, because according to -- you guessed it -- a source who spoke to People, extending investigations in this manner isn't particularly unusual for the DCFS.

"Things remain in a holding pattern at this point and are ideally nearing a conclusion. This investigation has always been and continues to be open-ended," said the source. "People have erroneously made the assumption that the original October 20 date of the agreement between the two parties was also in some way a deadline for DCFS, and that is simply not the case." 

And still another source, who does not mention whether the investigation involves all six Jolie-Pitt kids, tells People, "They’re looking for a history or pattern of behavior."

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For the time being, Pitt and Jolie will continue to follow the voluntary parenting plan recommended by the DCFS, which includes visitation and counseling (it seems every source agrees on this much). So whatever the reason, it all comes back to this: Brad Pitt's parenting nightmare is definitely not over yet.

As for what the FBI and/or DCFS will decide, we'll just have to wait (an apparently indeterminate length of time) to find out. But we can only hope that whatever happens, this family can somehow begin to find a way to heal. In the end, what's done is done -- and those kids deserve a way to move forward and beyond these allegations and their parents' apparently messy split.

 

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