Former ‘Teen Mom 2’ star Jenelle Evans was left ‘devastated’ after a North Carolina judge reportedly refused to return her kids home on May 28. She has only been granted “one hour once a week of supervised visits,’ according to a new report.
Jenelle Evans, 27, faced a heartbreaking ruling on May 28, when the former Teen Mom 2 star learned she would not regain custody of her three children Jace, 9, Kaiser, 4, and Ensley, 2 — for now, at least. The judge reportedly ruled that the children would remain with their current caregivers. Plus, The Ashley’s Reality Roundup reported that the judge also told Jenelle that she didn’t do her job as a mother. “[Jenelle] was devastated and shocked,” The Ashley’s source said. “She was very confident that the judge would give them back the kids.”
This is a new blow to Jenelle, who has already lost her MTV salary and her dog, Nugget (her husband David Eason, 30, admitted to killing Nugget right before the custody case). The judge even said that “at this point, it doesn’t matter if [Jenelle] left [David] or not, because she failed to protect her kids,” The Ashley’s source continued to allege. The parents will return to court on June 4 in this ongoing custody case, according to the outlet, and Jenelle’s manager, Johnny Donovan, provided the following statement to HollywoodLife: “At this time we are cooperating with the judge and legal team from court. We have no comment at this time and appreciate concerns regarding our client and her children. We will continue to corporate with the court and their decisions.”
Jenelle’s mother, Barbara Evans, also confirmed that she has custody of two of Jenelle’s children, Jace and Ensley, to E! News. “Of course I would like for Jenelle to get them all back eventually, but certain things have to happen first,” she told the outlet. While Barbara already had custody of Jace, Ensley (Jenelle and David’s daughter) was removed from home and placed in Barbara’s care on May 17, as The Ashley had previously reported. Meanwhile, Child Protective Services reportedly removed Kaiser from “The Land” on May 10, and the boy went to live with his father Nathan Griffith and Nathan’s mother, Doris, as we’ve told you before. David also has a young daughter, Maryssa, who lived on “The Land” but was reportedly placed in the custody of her mother, Whitney Johnson. Despite the close relations, David and Jenelle will only be allowed “one hour once a week of supervised visits,” a source told E! News.
The ruling arrived after the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and County Animal Control launched a joint investigation into allegations of animal cruelty on May 1, the same day David confessed to shooting and killing Jenelle’s dog Nugget. The father, who is reportedly a pipe welder, tried to justify the cruel action, claiming that the dog allegedly bit their toddler, Ensley.
Despite all the backlash and court setbacks, Jenelle is set on reuniting her family — David included. “Jenelle is not showing any signs of turning on David, if anything this seems to have them closer because they are now working together to do everything they can to get back custody of the kids,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife before Tuesday’s ruling. “Whatever anyone might think of Jenelle, those kids mean everything to her, they’re her world and she’s fighting like hell to get this overturned, she won’t stop until she gets her kids back.”