KEY POINTS

  • Fans and social media users are worried about Anna Duggar following the arrest of her husband Josh Duggar
  • Some have urged Anna to leave him, while others understand that it would be difficult for her to do so during this time
  • His arrest came just days after Anna announced that she is pregnant with their seventh child

Duggar family fans are expressing concern over Anna Duggar, whose husband Josh Duggar was recently arrested on federal charges related to the possession of child pornography in Arkansas.

On Friday, Josh pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography during a court hearing. Just days prior, the "19 Kids and Counting" alum's wife revealed that they are expecting their seventh child together, a baby girl.

Ahead of Josh's second hearing on May 5, fans and concerned social media users have urged Anna to split with her husband in order to protect her children.

"You need to pack your bags and leave that monster if he hasn’t done anything to those girls he will…Once pedophile always a pedophile…Hell it won’t be easy but you have to do what is in the best interest of those babies," one Twitter user commented on Anna's tweet about her seventh pregnancy.

"Pack up the kids and move on. Your job as a mother is to keep them safe. Unfortunately, your husband is twisted and toxic...and likely a criminal. I want to give you the benefit of the doubt. I want to think you didn't know. It's time to leave him," a second user tweeted.

"My heart hurts for Anna Duggar and her children. Please know you are not alone, and there is a way out. And for your and especially your children’s sake, I am begging you to leave him," a third person wrote.

"Please leave and get as far away from that family as you can. Run to your brother. He offered to help you last time. If you don't, you are no better than your perv husband. You can get a huge deal for a tell all book. Money won't be a problem. You got this. Come on!" another commented.

Meanwhile, some said it may be a bad idea if Anna leaves without a plan in place, while others noted that Josh is not allowed to see his family during this time anyway.

A judge said Friday that if Josh gets released on bail, he will be prohibited from seeing his six children, Maryella Hope, 5 months, Mason Garrett, 3, Meredith Grace, 5, Marcus Anthony, 7, Michael James, 9, and Mackynzie Renée, 11. It has been recommended that he stay "in a residence where there are no minors in the home."

"The law requires that he leave the home until case is resolved. No contact. The kids are safe," one person commented.

"It is cruel to demand Anna Duggar 'leave' without offering her actual support," another added.

"you just don't understand how impossible it must feel to be anna duggar right now. she has no choices here. don't tell me otherwise, i know what it costs to leave," Eve Ettinger wrote, adding that it is possible Anna has no assets to her name, credit history or a separate bank account. 

Ettinger noted that it is also possible that the feds have frozen everything they have, and if she renounces her faith, Anna might be alone in dealing with the trauma.

"Anna I know you forgave him once but he has crossed so many boundaries and God knows what else. Please call your brother who offered to help before and get off the Duggar Compound," another user suggested.

Josh was accused of allegedly downloading and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children, some of whom were under the age of 12, in May 2019, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Arkansas. The former reality TV personality's trial is set to begin in July, and he faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted.

Anna Duggar Josh update Anna Duggar, photographed at a political event in Johnston, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012, reveals she recently visited her husband Josh in rehab. Photo: Getty Images