Post # 1
‘Teen Mom’ star Amber Portwood’s daughter, Leah, is now a ward of the state of Indiana.
According to RadarOnline.com, Portwood and ex-fiance Gary Shirley appeared in an Anderson, Indiana, courtroom Tuesday afternoon for an emergency child placement hearing concerning their 2-year-old daughter.
A source says, “Leah is a ward of the state,” meaning the Department of Child Services will assess Leah’s living situation (she is currently staying with Shirley).
A ward of the state is an adult or child whose guardianship is determined by a judge, who appoints a government agency to oversee the child’s affairs.
The Indiana Department of Child Services supervised Portwood’s visit with Leah at Gary’s house on Tuesday after court.
Portwood has been in a lot of trouble lately. Images of her drinking underage recently surfaced online and she is being investigated for domestic violence for allegedly assaulting Shirley.
Portwood, who has a new boyfriend, cage fighter Clinton Yunkers, reportedly left Leah with Gary recently, believing her daughter would be better off with him for the time being.
If found guilty of the domestic violence charges, Portwood could face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
Post # 3
I wonder who “a source” is. Children aren’t typically declared wards of the court while they’re living with their biological father.
I call b.s.
Post # 4
@lezlers: I agree, something doesn’t add up there.
The post title made me think that Leah was living in a foster home as a ward of the state. In any case it’s all pretty sad.
Post # 5
@mrs.peters.to.be – thats what I thought too when I first read the article
Post # 6
I saw this article in many places as well (including some non-gossip sites). I think the source probably used the wrong verbiage to describe that the state will be assessing and making decisions for Leah’s future while remaining with her father. Perhaps that is what they call it in Indiana.
Regardless, that child needs to be in primary customdy of someone besides her mother. She is a whackjob. It is definitely sad, but she needs to her her life in check and her anger issues resolved before caring for a child.
Post # 7
Its about time! That girl needs help!
Post # 8
@tranquility: i agree, she needs to be looked at under microscope, that girl isnt all there. when she lost all her weight, she seems to have lost some brain
Post # 9
I’m totally out of the loop. Am I the only person who has no idea who this gossip is about?
Post # 10
@LindsayMaree: one of the mom’s from MTV’s show, Teen Mom.
Post # 11
I hope Gary kees her permenately. He’s a good dad, her…not so much. Why are these kids all into domestic violence anyway? I saw another coule with domestic violence problems as well.
Post # 12
@MsMamaBear: I agree…..Gary appears to be a better parent. I STILL can’t believe Amber let that guy change her daughter’s diaper. She barely knew him!
Post # 13
poor babygirl she is such cutie.. so sad she had to witness all that violence
Post # 14
I STILL can’t believe Amber let that guy change her daughter’s diaper. She barely knew him
what concerns me more is even if the guy can be trusted, amber is introducing men she barely knows into ther daughters life – the beginnings of a bad cycle. neither are good parents imho, garry is a unemployed passive aggressive slob and amber is a violent screamer
Post # 15
@eloping: i couldn’t agree more!! they are BOTH horrible parents. Leah deserves so much more!