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'16 & Pregnant' Couple

Regain Custody Following

Massive Feces Problem

8/26/2012 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826_16_preg_tmz_wmAfter a year-long crash course on good parenting skills, "16 & Pregnant" stars Ebony and Joshua Rendon were finally granted full custody of their three-year-old daughter again, TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... The Department of Human Services stripped the MTV stars of custody of their daughter Jocelyn last year, after police found deplorable living conditions in their home like feces covered walls, maggots and flies.

But all that's behind them now. TMZ spoke to Josh, who says he and Ebony enrolled in a rigorous program of counseling and parenting classes to learn how to care for their child and were officially granted full custody again.

Josh says, "Our family is finally back together and we are doing great. We got the help we needed and did what we needed to do. We will never make the same mistakes again.”

Josh tells us, there are no restrictions placed on the custody agreement, but over the last year they were subjected to random home inspections by the DHS.

In case you forgot, the couple is also expecting a second child and Josh tells us ... it's a girl. Mazel Tov.


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Good news, if parents make big sweeping changes to create safe healthy cir***stances for their kids, much better for the kids to be returned to original parents than be shuffled through the broken foster care system, hope they stick to it and it all works out

787 days ago

I luv u RPattz!    

Well, good luck to them.

787 days ago


This article is a new low for TMZ--I read the headline, and no further.

787 days ago


more human trash that should be gassed...only makeing kids to be on tv...the tax payers will have to cover this trash for the next 18 years

787 days ago


That's just beyond disgusting......but if they have made a sincere 360..., then give them a watchful trial with the children....

786 days ago


Anyone that has had a child taken away should be fitted with an unremovable birth control device.
The fact that these "parents" got pregnant again WHILE their daughter was not in their custody for the reasons listed is disgusting.

786 days ago


Had to take classes to learn how to keep a poop and maggot-free home? The only thing more embarrassing than that is to give TMZ a story about it. Some people have NO SHAME.
Poor Jocelyn.

786 days ago


another sad product of mtv which own vh1.. boycott everything mtv..

786 days ago

South Beach    

Because what they obviously need right now is another kid. Brilliant.

786 days ago


How can 2 adults not know that feces does not belong on the walls unless there is something very wrong with them. I hope they have learned a lesson, but I just don't know. Hopefully the DHS continues to check on them.

786 days ago


You need special training not to have sh-t on the walls? Give me a break from these losers.

786 days ago

summer days    

Couldn't even maintain below basic sanitation and living conditions and now - another kid. You think they would focus on education instead. Birth control should be forced on certain people. BIRTH CONTROL! BIRTH CONTROL! BIRTH CONTROL!

786 days ago


This is why kids shouldn't have kids, not that some adults are capable of taking care of their kids.

786 days ago

Big Boy Pants    

So you have to take parenting classes to know you should clean sh*t off the walls?

786 days ago


Sorry, but no hope for people who think living with feces covered walls is ok. Anyone who needs 'training' on this one is a lost cause.

786 days ago
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