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'Teen Mom'

Charged with Domestic Violence

11/18/2010 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Amber Portwood -- one of the stars of the MTV show "Teen Mom" -- has been charged with domestic violence and battery for allegedly beating the crap out of her baby daddy in front of their daughter.

Amber Portwood
Indiana officials confirm ... the 20-year-old faces two felony counts and one misdemeanor for allegedly attacking 24-year-old Gary Shirley three separate times from August 2009 to July 2010.  

Officials have acknowledged that the criminal investigation was launched after the MTV show aired -- which included footage of Amber smacking Shirley several times.

Cops say Amber not only slapped Shirley in front of the kid -- but she also punched him several times in the face and upper-body.

If convicted on all counts, Portwood faces three years behind bars and fines up to $10,000.

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Kimba10    

Yes convict her. Lock her up! If he had beat on her like that in front of their child he would had been in jail a long time ago. What kind of example are they setting here? It's not okay for a man to beat up on a woman, but it's okay for a woman to beat up on a man?

I'm sick of these reality TV shows. Not that I ever watched teen whatever. But I have seen Jon and Kate plus 8 and Kate constantly abused Jon both physically and mentally. I've seen her hit that man in the face, chest, mouth and on his legs. Charges should have been brought against Kate Gosselin too.

Use Amber Portwood as an example. Don't hit unless you want to go to jail or get hit back!

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32.

April    

ive said it since i seen it i watch that show every season its been on and its rediculous she has her child still Gary is a good father he deserves the child and she deserves what she gets!Shes horrible,id like to "beat the crap"out of her...but i aint going to jail bc shes an imbesile!!

1346 days ago
33.

kt    

I watched this show all season and was in complete shock when I saw Amber have the nerve to hit her boyfriend right in front of the cameras and their daughter. I am so glad MTV does not try and hide this behaviour... She deserves to be treated and punished just as much as anyone else!!

1346 days ago
34.

Bob Loblaw    

After the incidents they aired a PSA about domestic violence. While I understand it isn't some super amazing step, at least it was acknowledged. There isn't a lot they could have done, to be honest, other than contacting the authorities (and who is to say they didn't).

The hitting didn't bother me as much as the rage she displayed whilst getting in his face. She'd fly off-the-handle over, seemingly, nothing. And that was dealing with a grown man. I can't even begin to imagine how she handles a 2-year-old when the cameras aren't rolling.

She's clearly an unfit mother. The living conditions in the apartment alone is enough to make that judgment. Couple with her anger issues and her constant couch wallowing... there really is no doubt.

1346 days ago
35.

SB1206    

Dianne i think you may be a little to invested in this situation. I have seen the show, and actually do watch it. You are nuts if you think that Gary abused her in ANYWAY. He rarely even said anything bad about her to his friends. Usually all he did was try to defend himself when she would go nuts. When he screwed up and even when he didnt, he apologized. She never apologizes until the after shows or reunions, of course bc its only then she sees all the things ppl say about her. She deserves everything that comes her way and hopefully that wont be just a slap on the wrist

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36.

sadie    

THANK GOD SHE DESERVES IT IM REAllY HAPPY THAT THEY DID THAT.THAT BABY WOULD BR MUCH BETTER WITH OUT HER. HOPEFULLY GARY CAN GROW SOME...

1346 days ago
37.

gerilyn    

It's about time-she is a nasty person

1346 days ago
38.

amsjll    

That baby is so much better off with her bio parents then two stable adults, for sure!

Its called a pill ladies, take one, and dont tell me you forgot. If there was a gun to your head you wouldnt forget. Condoms dont prevent babies, ask the millions who have had one break. If you dont want artificial hormones in your body, keep your legs closed. If your ins doesnt cover it, find a way to pay for them. Yes, as a woman and ADULT mother of two daughters, I strongly believe birth control is ultimately up to the female, its her thats risking becoming an incubator. Sure there are a few decent teen parents out there,but 99% are just irresponsible children that couldn't take care of a goldfish.

They could still give that baby up, there's time before she's ruined.

1346 days ago
39.

Susie    

ABOUT TIME! She is low life rat!

1346 days ago
40.

ivy    

y u gys h8g? i wuld've done da same thing 2 dat fatass learn how 2 take care of ur fking kid jerk!!!!

p.s.-hi harvey! :)

1346 days ago
41.

tiffany    

You guys are horrible!! She is just too young to be a parent & needs some help. I hope you get it AMBER!

1346 days ago
42.

bev    

good she deserves jail time..i bet if the tables were turn gary would already be behinds bars. Amber is a bad mother and person. i bet she beat him when the cameras are off!! i mean did she honestly think she was going to get away with it. take her kid away too!

1346 days ago
43.

Suebee    

Im sure MTV is going to be more careful about what they air on tv now!!! Glad she is going to get what she deserves.. Gery was such a nice guy..

1346 days ago
44.

raspberry    

IM GLAD because he was nothing but nice and seems to be a caring father and this bitch goes and SPAZZZEZ out!!!!! She need her ass locked up because if he did that to her his azz would be in jail

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45.

jjm    

Tha sad thing is a alot of teenage girls look like her preganant or not, being fat an 16 is rampant today. She needed the exceptance of a guy so by having sex with him it made her feel special, and she got all the the attention she wanted. Well now it has all come come back to bite her fat a**. For Gods sake buy some condoms instead of the Quarter pounder!!!

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