Joy-Anna Duggar's New In-Laws May Be Hiding a Shady Past

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth
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Joy-Anna Duggar and her new husband Austin Forsyth have a lot in common. They have similar religious backgrounds, a love of the outdoors, and a desire to be young parents. It turns out they share something else too -- they both have criminal brothers.

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Duggar fans are well aware of Josh Duggar's multiple sex scandals in 2015. First it was discovered that he had molested four of his sisters and an underage family friend as a teenager, and then he admitted to cheating on Anna and their four children. He spent seven months in rehab for sex addiction, and now he and Anna are expecting baby number five.

Anyway, Joy and Austin may have been able to relate to one another over their brothers' criminal pasts, as his half-brother from his father's first marriage, Brandon Forsyth, was arrested and charged in 2010 for making a bomb threat.

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"On or about May 29, 2010 in Bowie County, Texas, defendant, through the use of the telephone, made a threat to kill, injure, and to intimidate the occupants of the Health South Rehabilitation hospital by means of an explosive," according to the court documents obtained by Radar Online. "Defendant did intentionally convey false and misleading information. He used the telephone to make a bomb threat to Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, under circumstances where such information may reasonably have been believed, that indicated that an activity had taken, was taking, and would take place."

He was arrested on June 2 of that year for purchasing a stolen weapon, and the government quickly filed a motion for a psychiatric evaluation, since he was declared "suicidal" at the time of his arrest. Federal agents reported that Brandon suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder, and was becoming "increasingly mentally unstable."

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Brandon was committed to the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, and a request was made for him to be held without bond, for fear that he would flee. The request was approved, and he was eventually sentenced to 20 months in prison. He also got three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $100.

It's unclear how close Austin is to his half-brother, but it is troubling news. Joy-Anna's family has reportedly expressed concerns over Austin's alleged "rebel child" status, although we're not sure what he did to earn him that title.

We just hope that Austin's brother got the help he clearly needed. Mental illness is nothing to mess around with, and there is help for those who are suffering.

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