Amber Portwood of 'Teen Mom' faces domestic violence charges after allegedly hitting ex-fiance Gary Shirley in front of daughter
Amber Portwood, who starred on the MTV reality series "Teen Mom" faces domestic violence charges as police have accused her of hitting on and off fiance Gary Shirley in front of their 2-year-old daughter.
Portwood, who is 20 and lives in Indiana, faces up to three years in jail if convicted. She has denied she struck Shirley, 24, in front of their child, Leah. Portwood was seen punching and screaming at Shirley several times in a September episode of "Teen Mom".
ABC News Indianapolis affiliate WRTV said she was charged after an investigation spurred by footage captured during the taping of "Teen Mom". It quoted a detective as saying she allegedly shoved, slapped and choked Shirley in front their child in August 2009 and also assaulted him several times over the summer.
Police are recommending that the district attorney file two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Portwood.
"I have no clue why I hurt Gary," she said in an interview with MTV in September. "I never notice how bad I am until I see it. I feel so terrible and it's like, 'Did I really do that?' 'What the hell was I doing?' I don't treat him like the way I feel. I just go a lot farther than most people would. I have a lot of problems, plus I don't care about myself, so it's like, it's whatever happens, happens. I hate it."
Portwood told Us Weekly magazine last week that Child Protective Services said it was safer if her daughter stays with Shirley because of "all the photographers" outside her home and added that she is taking medication to cope with anxiety and depression.
"I feel like everything is spinning out of control, and I'm trying to put the pieces back together," she said. "I have to get myself better so when I get my baby back, she sees her mom as happy as can be."
MTV said in statement it is "cooperating with all parties" and hopes "for a quick and fair resolution that allows everyone involved to move forward in a positive manner."