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Why Baby Leah Thinks Mom Amber Portwood Is In Jail

Tue, October 9, 2012 6:02pm EDT by 12 Comments
Amber Portwood Jail Daughter Leah
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Poor Leah! Amber is in jail for five years, and she hasn’t told her daughter the truth yet. She tells Dr. Drew why on the ‘Amber Portwood Behind Bars’ special tonight on MTV — be sure to check for our recap.

Troubled Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has been in jail since June 14, but she and her baby daddy Gary Shirley still haven’t told their three-year-old daughter Leah Shirley the truth about where mommy is — in fact, they’ve reportedly told her she’s in Hollywood making a movie!

“Amber and Gary are going with the idea that she is away shooting a film in California,” a source told “They don’t want to tell Leah that she’s actually in prison, because they’re not sure she would understand and don’t want her thinking worse of her mom.”

There’s just a slight problem with their cover story — Amber has been almost as famous for her legal troubles as she has for her reality TV show, so everyone knows where the 22-year-old really is. Including the workers at Leah’s daycare.

“It’s only a matter a time before Leah overhears it, and that has got Amber and Gary in a panic that she will find out what’s going on before they tell her,” the source said.

Amber revealed to Dr. Drew Pinksy during an interview from jail, which airs tonight on MTV, that Leah hasn’t come to visit her yet, and it’s Gary’s fault for not filling out the paperwork.

“She doesn’t understand that I’m in jail,” Amber told to Dr. Drew. “I don’t know what to say — what do you say to a 3-year-old?”

Watch the clip below, and be sure to tune in to MTV tonight at 10/9c to watch the Amber Portwood Behind Bars special.

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