Gary Shirley: Keeping Leah From Amber Portwood Is Damaging — Experts Say

Thu, October 4, 2012 2:47pm EST by 17 Comments
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HottieorNaughty

Posted at 12:35 AM on November 21, 2012  

I don’t live in the USA, but where I come from, you can only screw up so many times before your child/children are taken from you. Did she not sign over sole custody to Gary, before she lost it?? I know how important a parent/child relationship is, but sometimes there comes a point where it is more beneficial to NOT have that relationship, for the child’s well being.

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chloe

Posted at 12:07 PM on October 14, 2012  

i think amber just lost her temper and got into a fight with garry i mean all realshinships have there problems and it was a 1 off but garry reported it and now keeping LEAH AWAY FROM HER MUM IS SO MEAN HOW COULD YOU DO THAT I MEAN I DONT LIKE MY MUM BUT IF I GOT TOLD THAT I COULDENT SEE HER ANYMORE I WOULD BE SO UPSET AND I AM LIKE 13. LEAH NEEDS HER MUM AT HER AGE SHE IS SO YOUNG
AND YET SHE HAS HAD A PARENT TAKEN AWAY FROM HER IT JUST MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!

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lili

Posted at 3:38 AM on October 8, 2012  

And how is it better to make a young child think that mommy doesnt love her anymore, doesn’t want to see her. its a horrible thingto do to a child. he’s being selfish again. and it’s not fair on either mother or daughter. lest you forget. Gary wasn’t exactally the worlds best father for the first couple of years of her life, so i’d say this makes them about even.

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Goober

Posted at 1:51 PM on October 8, 2012  

He’s more hurt than anybody. He’s not telling her “MOMMY DOESN’T LOVE YOU”. He’s protecting his daughter. No matter what either one did in the PAST, should that child visit in prison? NO! What good will that do “LEAH”? She is the focus. Not Amber. It is what is best for THE CHILD! Not what’s best for the childish parents.

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here

Posted at 3:50 AM on October 9, 2012  

And how is good for the child to not see her mother! yes their being selfish, but life is made up of selfish requests. Keeping Leah away from her mother, or any child away from their parents is the most heart retching thing you can do. She’s a child, just make up a pretend story until she will be old enough to accept the truth and understand it.

 
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Leroy

Posted at 10:32 PM on October 4, 2012  

She is a horrible person. I’m proud of Gary for keeping Lea away from her

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Leroy

Posted at 10:34 PM on October 4, 2012  

Leah*

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me

Posted at 10:09 AM on October 5, 2012  

how can you say she’s horible when you don’t know her. If she feels that this was a better decision for her, then you can’t actually judge. He shouldn’t be keeping a child away from her mother, if she obviously want to see her. I won’t be a hypocrite and say that i’m not making judgments on him because i will; he’s being a selfish. If she’s making a concious effort to see her daughter, costody or not, he shouldnt be denying his daughter of her mother, jail sentence or not

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Lisa

Posted at 4:27 PM on October 5, 2012  

He’s protecting his daughter. What good will come out of Leah visiting her? It would be for her, not the child. He doesn’t want to see his daughter cry later. Maybe he’s just waiting a bit. Smart Garry!

 
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tiki

Posted at 10:26 PM on October 4, 2012  

the custody agreement is that she signed her rights away. so she has no say. I do think leah should see her mother though. If he doesn’t make the effort, Leah may resent him for it later.

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Posted at 8:09 PM on October 4, 2012  

i think tha gary should be taking his daughter to see her mother.. if you guys that disagree were in ambers shoes yall would realize.. yeah its ambers fault for being where she is today but it is not leahs fault.. idc if leah is only 3 she knows she hasnt seen her mother and she knows it is not right.. she should being good to see her mother. and she will apperciate it in the long run when she is actually able to understand why her mommy is there.. amber made a mistake just like everyone else has.. i just hope she has learned her lesson

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lk

Posted at 4:48 PM on October 4, 2012  

having taken my friends daughter to see her locked up has scared me for life. I don’t think you understand what its like, it’s heartbreaking and cruel! Gary’s doing right here. she should have thought of the consequences before beating her man and breaking probation

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Patricia

Posted at 4:18 PM on October 4, 2012  

Leah should be visiting her mother on a regular basis! Why isn’t Gary getting parenting tips from an expert. REALLY WRONG AND IGNORANT FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED!!!!!

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Erin Brower

Posted at 3:26 PM on October 4, 2012  

Leah Should Not See Her Mother At All, She Shouldn’t Be Traumatized Anymore than she is Now. Amber Is a Poor Role Model For Leah. Leah Is Better Off With her Father. He’s Taking Better Care of Her.

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Brandy

Posted at 3:13 PM on October 4, 2012  

I feel pretty strongly about this because I have seen it play out. I think if Gary got some professional advice and could see that this is about Leah far more than Amber and that the benefits far outweigh the risks, he’d come around. I think it might be best at first for someone besides Gary like hers or Gary’s mom to take her because of their conflicts. Leah has suffered trauma and needs all the support she can get

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h

Posted at 3:02 PM on October 4, 2012  

you cant keep a child from her mother its unhealthy and can damage the child more than is necessary! amber is gettin herself together so how can it be good for leah and amber to be kept apart it will only make things worse in the long run! leahs welfare now and in the future should be the main priority, bein kept away from her mother is not the answer

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Lisa

Posted at 2:58 PM on October 4, 2012  

I disagree. That child is right where she belongs. This is a PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE PERSON! Her mother CHOSE THIS PATH FOR HER DAUGHTER! She doen’t need to be in a PRISON! I hate that Jeff guy. He’s not bright.

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