A hearing has been set for January 19 to determine what will happen to Teen Mom star Amber Portwood’s daughter, Leah. Will she be left in the custody of her mother or taken by child services?
After being released from jail on Tuesday, where she spent 24 hours behind bars on three counts of domestic battery and child neglect, 20-year-old Teen Mom star Amber Portwood now faces losing her 2-year-old daughter, Leah. TMZ has obtained court documents entitled, “In The Matter Of Leah Shirley, A Child Alleged to be a Child in Need of Services,” stating that there will be a hearing on January 19 to decide the fate of Amber’s child with ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley. Should Leah — who was made a ward of the state in November — be taken into protective care?
According to the documents, the judge will conduct a fact-finding hearing, which will be attended by Amber, Gary, Dorothy Ferguson, a Department of Child Services staff attorney and Rebekah Johnson, a DCS Case Manager. The papers state that Amber has denied any the allegations of neglect, despite the fact that she was charged by police in the wake of her violent arguments with Gary, which took place in front of Leah (and were caught on tape by MTV cameras).
The court will decide whether to remove Leah from Amber’s home in order to secure the “health and welfare” of the baby. Leah’s dad, Gary, must show up at court with any evidence about this issue, including documents and videos. What do you think, HollyMoms? Should Leah return home to Amber or is it an unsafe environment for her?