The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


January 25, 2012

Portwood’s landlord gets control of property

Anderson’s ‘Teen Mom’s is already jailed on charges

ANDERSON, Ind. — Amber Portwood, a “Teen Mom” cast member, was not evicted from her Anderson home during a court hearing Wednesday because she was already in the process of moving out.

Portwood, who is in the Madison County Jail on other charges, had already removed her property from the home before she went to jail on Dec. 19, her attorney said.

Portwood’s attorney, Evan Broderick, and William Davisson, the attorney representing the property owner Asbury Glen Homes, spoke with Magistrate Stephen Clase off the record outside the courtroom Wednesday.

The resulting court order stated that the property owner is authorized to resume full control of the home, which is in the 1300 block of Pleasant Meadow Drive.

A trial in connection with money owed was set for 9:30 a.m. March 14.

Portwood, who was featured on the MTV show, has been in the Madison County Jail since Dec. 19 after she was arrested in connection with violating the terms of her probation. She is also facing a new felony charge — possession of a controlled substance.

Portwood’s next hearing on her probation violation and drug charge is Feb. 6.

Her probation officers in December asked for Portwood to be arrested saying she was a danger to herself and others. Officers said that she’d violated her probation in several ways including failing to submit to drug tests, not getting her GED or completing anger management classes, failing to deposit $10,000 into an education fund for her daughter and owing $56 in probation fees.

In June, Portwood pleaded guilty to two counts of Class D felony domestic battery in presence of a child, which stemmed from a Sept. 28, 2010, episode of “Teen Mom,” in which she was shown hitting, kicking and punching Gary Shirley, the child’s father.

During her sentencing for that charge, Madison Circuit Court Judge David Happe ordered Portwood to 30 days of inpatient treatment, with additional outpatient treatment pending an evaluation. Portwood was also ordered to obtain her high school diploma, and start a college fund for her 2-year-old daughter, Leah, to which Portwood is to contribute $10,000.

In December, Broderick asked that Portwood be released from the Madison County Jail and put on home detention. Happe, who’s handling her probation violation and drug case, said that detention until a hearing is the normal circumstance in instances like Portwood’s and that he saw nothing in this case that distinguished it from any other.

She remains jailed in the Madison County Jail with no bond.

Contact Abbey Doyle: 640-4805,

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