Felony charges filed against 'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood in domestic violence investigation
Three criminal charges have been filed against Amber Portwood, one of the four stars of MTV’s Teen Mom docu-series, after a seven-week investigation into alleged domestic violence, according to police in her hometown of Anderson, Indiana. The 20-year-old is accused of hitting Gary Shirley, 24 — the father of her 1-year-old daughter, Leah. Police launched the investigation after a September episode showed Portwood shoving him against a wall, slapping him, and choking him. Detectives uncovered two other videotaped incidents as well: On June 14, Portwood was filmed slapping, punching, and kicking Shirley; on July 18, she was shown slapping and punching him. Two of the charges are classified as felonies because of Leah’s presence; the third is a misdemeanor. Portwood could face up to three years in jail and fines up to $10,000 if convicted.