The Herald Bulletin

December 30, 2010

2010's Top Stories: 'Teen Mom' grabs national headlines

By Brandi Watters
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Local celebrity Amber Portwood, 20, became the subject of tabloid fodder in 2010 as she was charged with domestic battery and neglect following an MTV episode of “Teen Mom” in which Portwood was filmed kicking, punching and slapping then-fiance Gary Shirley.

Portwood and Shirley are featured on the MTV reality television show, which follows mothers who became pregnant as teenagers.

After a Sept. 28 episode aired in which Portwood attacked Shirley, police began investigating Portwood on suspicion of domestic abuse.

On Dec. 27, Portwood was arrested and charged with two felony and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery and one felony count of neglect of a dependant.

She bonded out the next day, facing eight photographers and reporters waiting outside of the jail, and is set to face trial before Judge David Happe in the new year.