On September 19, members of the Jacksonville, Arkansas Police Department and the Department of Health Services raided the home of 16 & Pregnant stars Ebony Jackson-Rendon and Joshua Rendon, after receiving a report that the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, was living in sub par conditions. The home was described by officers as being covered by “human and dog feces,” which led to both Ebony and John being arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After being released on bail, Ebony spoke to Holly Baby, explaining why the house was in such poor condition, the reason she was smoking marijuana, and apologizing to her fans, and most importantly, her daughter, who’s now being placed in temporary foster care.
“We just had a litter of six puppies and got rid of the last one prior to everyone busting into our house,” Rendon explains. “A litter of puppies of course is going to damage your floor and that’s exactly what we were putting up with.”
According to the young mother, her child is “always taken care of,” but due to the recent loss of her unborn son, Ebony became depressed and was unable to deal with anything beyond her “personal problems.” The depression, says Rendon, was also the reason police found marijuana in the home.
“It was mine,” admits Ebony. “It had nothing to do with Josh. It was all mine and I was just doing it to self harm … after the loss of my son, I just lost him two months ago.
“I’ve been depressed, anxious, dealing with the loss of [the baby]. I was already hospitalized at the beginning of June for suicide prevention.”
But for Rendon, losing her daughter has been a wake-up call, as she tells Holly Baby, “I really shouldn’t have messed up,” adding that she plans to seek therapy and “find the right depression medication.”
“I just want to let all of our fans know we are sorry for letting them down and for letting Jocelyn down,” says Ebony.
Jocelyn will remain in foster care until a September 26 court date. At that time, Ebony and Josh plan to sign custody of the child over to either Ebony’s mother or Josh’s parents as they work “to get [their] lives straight” in Colorado; a move due, in part, to a current military investigation into the September 16 incident that could result in the couple losing their base housing, and Josh being court-martialed.