Amber Portwood of 'Teen Mom' surrenders to face domestic violence charges
Amber Portwood, who starred on the MTV reality series "Teen Mom," recently turned herself in to Indiana police to face charges of felony domestic battery and child neglect after police accused her of hitting ex-fiance Gary Shirley in front of their baby daughter.
Portwood, who is 20 and lives in Indiana, faces up to three years in jail if convicted. She was seen punching and screaming at Shirley several times in a September episode of "Teen Mom" but has denied striking him in front of their daughter, Leah, who is now 2.
ABC News Indianapolis affiliate WRTV said she was charged following an investigation that was spurred by footage captured during the taping of "Teen Mom". It quoted a detective as saying she attacked Shirley in front their child several times over the summer.
"On Aug. 14, 2009 ... Portwood shoved Shirley against a wall, slapped him on the face and choked him," Detective Mitch Carroll of the Anderson police department told the station, describing one occurance. "The incident was witnessed by the couple's 1-year-old child, who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed."
"I have no clue why I hurt Gary," Portwood 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."
MTV said in statement last month that 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."