Late last year, Amber Portwood emerged from the Madison County jail in Anderson, Ind. “I just can’t even imagine not seeing my little baby if I go back to jail,” the Teen Mom star and mother to 2-year old Leah told Life & Style in her first post-jail interview. “It scares me so bad.”
Amber has been charged with two counts of domestic battery, one count of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery for beating her ex-boyfriend and Leah’s father, Gary Shirley, during an episode of MTV’s hit reality show. If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
She admits that her violent rages being aired on TV has potentially ruined her life.
I wouldn’t have been in jail because nobody would have known about it,” she said.
Her family seems to agree.
“Before that scene of her hitting Gary aired, she didn’t have problems,” her brother Shawn Portwood said. “I can’t say completely that it’s the show’s fault because obviously my sister did it. But Amber and Gary asked them not to air the fight because they knew this legal stuff would happen. Now my sister gets death threats, and my niece’s life is in turmoil.”