'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood Confirms That Baby Leah Is Living With Gary — But She Hasn't Abandoned Her Baby!

Wed, October 27, 2010 3:35pm EDT by Add first Comment

New reports surfaced today saying that Amber has abandoned Leah, but she tells Hollybaby.com that’s not true at all!

Amber Portwood is fighting against allegations that she is a horrible mom and that she has disappeared from her 23-month-old daughter Leah‘s life! The Teen Mom star spoke to HollyBaby.com today and revealed that she and her ex-boyfriend, Gary Shirley, have reached a “verbal custody agreement” with Child Protective Services and that Leah is living with Gary at the home that Amber owns in Anderson, Ind., while she stays at an apartment she leases nearby. “I haven’t abandoned Leah!” she says.“I can see Leah whenever I want, it’s just not safe for her to be here where I am because neighbors try to fight me,” Amber, 20, says. “But I’m moving into a new house, a smaller town near Anderson where the houses are cheaper but bigger.”

But she does say that she and Gary, 23, aren’t dating and when asked if they will get back together she says, “Hell no!”

Even though authorities in Anderson told HollywoodLife.com that the domestic abuse and child abuse investigations were on hold because Gary and Amber were in Florida, Amber says they weren’t in the Sunshine State.

“We went to Tennessee because my brother had points at a resort there and he had just gotten back from Afghanistan,” she says. “We were going to go to Florida but we decided not to.”

Ever since they returned from their trip the estranged couple has been living apart, but Amber does admit, “Leah is safe with Gary.”

—Chloe Melas

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