Octuplets' Grandma Threatens to Walk Out on Daughter

'I'm going to be gone,' she warned mom of 14
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2009 5:47 AM CST
Araceli Castro, right, who identified herself as a nanny for the octuplets' mom, talks to reporters outside the home where she works.    (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
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(Newser) – The overwhelmed grandmother of octuplets born this week has threatened to walk out on her daughter and leave the divorced mom of 14 to fend for herself, reports the New York Daily News. "I'm going to be gone," she said she warned her daughter. "It can't go on any longer. She's already got six children and no husband." The mother has lived in the home of her parents, who are also divorced, for the last eight years.

"It's over now" because her daughter has no more frozen embryos, said the financially strapped grandmother. The octuplets' grandfather is considering moving back to his native Iraq to earn money. The births have ignited a storm of controversy. The cost of raising octuplets "is huge," said one expert. "There's a high likelihood they're going to have medical and psychological handicaps." It's possible the woman traveled abroad for fertility treatment, reports the Guardian.