Child Protective Services Working To Remove Baby Leah From Gary Shirley's Custody! Breaking News!

Wed, May 25, 2011 12:00pm EST by 7 Comments

Following Gary Shirley’s May 25 arrest for driving with a suspended license, Indiana CPS has filed a petition to remove baby Leah from his care.

The Indiana Department of Child Services is trying to have Gary Shirley‘s daughter Leah removed from his custody and relocated, has learned exclusively, following Gary’s arrest May 25 for driving with a suspended license. “A petition for review of placement has been filed with [an Anderson, Indiana] court,” Gary’s attorney, Jeff Lockwood, confirms.

When asked if CPS will likely remove Leah from Gary’s custody, Lockwood told us, “Not if I have anything to say about it.”

Gary currently has sole custody of his daughter with Amber Portwood, who lost custody of Leah herself after a bout of vandalism against her car and home in early May.

A date for the custody hearing has not been set.

Leah’s life with parents Amber and Gary has long been unstable, but Gary’s arrest is being considered the final straw.

Back in Nov. 2010, Amber was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor for domestic violence and battery relating to her attacks on Gary in Aug. 2009 and July 2010. Official documents state Amber choked, slapped, punched and kicked Gary in their home. The felony charge came into effect because Leah was present during the attack. was the first to report that the court subpoenaed MTV for all raw footage from Teen Mom for the investigation.

— Jessica Finn

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Posted at 4:28 AM on May 31, 2011  

Poor Leah. Both her mom and dad are crazy. Mostly her mom though.

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Posted at 1:33 PM on May 29, 2011  

The reason so many people hate CPS when they should appreciate them is that CPS bothers the wrong people. They know that is no reason to take a child from her parent. He could have forgotten because he is stressed. There are people out there actually abusing and neglecting their child who will never see CPS. It’s sad. I’ve been stressed and forgot to get my car inspected, pay my taxes, or other bills. Being a single parent is stressful especially with a knucklehead mother like Leah’s who is going off and beating Gary and who knows what else. But he’s a good father from what I’ve seen.

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Posted at 3:18 PM on June 10, 2011  

I totally agree with you Marla. CPS came to my brothers house and almost took his kids from him.. All because he had animals.. The mother of the boys doesnt have anything to do with them. My mom has custody of them now so CPS would get off our backs. And ever since my mom got custody and even before that, the mother doesnt call to check on them or even ask to get them. She’s always out partying. She doesnt want any responsibilities. Sounds like Amber doesnt want any responsibilities either. Gary took leah from amber because he wants her to have a better life and he knew that she wouldn’t get that with amber. I don’t think CPS should take leah from Gary all because of a stupid traffic incident.

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Posted at 2:41 PM on May 25, 2011  

i don’t know about prevacid, i am on omeprozoll. what is best

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Posted at 1:26 PM on May 25, 2011  

‘Parents of the Year’, they are NOT. However, as a social worker, you don’t remove a child from a home for a traffic violation!!! Neither because someone else has vandalized your property….

Again, I don’t condone how these two act half the time… but this is how social workers get a bad wrap. Here’s a novel idea: How about working with these young parents!!

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Posted at 4:58 PM on June 10, 2011  

I completely agree. However, I believe that Amber and Gary have said that they, along with CPS, decided that Leah was safer with Gary, as a result of the vandalism. So, if that’s true, she wasn’t really “removed” from Amber’s custody in the way that the media has portrayed.

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Posted at 9:11 AM on December 7, 2011  

Thankyou Miss Social Worker, I really honor and respect what you do as a career, I take it you actually have a degree in Social Work and have gone through some years of study. CPS removes kids over alleged child abuse. Not traffick violations or vandalism.

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