Amber Portwood's Custody Drama and Arrests — Glimpse into the 'Teen Mom' Star's Life and Family

Edduin Carvajal
Sep 06, 2020
11:00 A.M.
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Reality TV personality Amber Portwood, who is best known for the MTV show "Teen Mom," has had her fair share of problems with the law throughout her life.


Born in May 1990, Portwood has been on people's radars since 2010 when she appeared in "Teen Mom" and was physically violent toward her then-partner Gary Shirley, the father of her first child, Leah. At the time of Leah's birth (November 2008), Portwood was 18 years old.

In July 2019, Amber Portwood was arrested again for domestic violence.

Amber Portwood on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California | Photo: Getty Images



Portwood's behavior was so violent that Child Protective Services had to get involved. Subsequently, and using some of the footage from the show, she was hit with felony domestic violence charges.

One of the most shocking aspects of the whole situation was that Leah, who was just a toddler at the time, witnessed her mother's threatening behavior.


After being released from prison on a bond and initially pleading not guilty, Amber Portwood pleaded guilty to only two counts of domestic battery as two other charges were dismissed.

The reality TV personality was sentenced to 730 days behind bars, but she didn't serve all that time. Apart from that, Portwood was ordered to pay a fine and to spend time on probation.



From that point on, her life started spiraling out of control. In 2011, Portwood tried to take her own life, which eventually put her in rehab. Then, in December of that year, she was accused of violating her probation and was put in prison again.

That decision was made one month after Portwood was involved in a fight while intoxicated. If that wasn't enough, she failed to complete her anger management program and GED, two aspects included in her probation arrangement.

To add insult to injury, Amber Portwood was found with plenty of medicines that she didn't have prescriptions for. Initially, she spent one month in jail, but the trial for possessing controlled substances took place in January 2012.


At that moment, Gary Shirley was granted full custody of Leah, who was three years old at the time. Nowadays, the former couple is on good terms.

In February 2012, after pleading guilty, Portwood was sentenced to five years in jail. She tried to reduce her time behind bars by going to rehab, but eventually dropped out of the program and was sent back to prison.

After serving less than two years, in November 2013, she was released on probation for good behavior. For the next five years, she managed to stay away from jail by sticking to the law.



Unfortunately, in July 2019, Amber Portwood was arrested again for domestic violence. Her then-partner, Andrew Glennon, supposedly texted a police officer at 2 a.m. asking for help as he and their son, James, were in danger.

It was reported that Portwood hit him while he was holding their son, who was uninjured in the altercation. Apart from that, Glennon revealed that she had been violent to him several times in the past.

Months later, she suggested during an interview with Dr. Drew that some of the details shared by Glennon were not accurate.


In October 2019, and even though she pleaded guilty to two felony charges of domestic battery and intimidation and was not a first-time offender, a judge sentenced her to 900 days of probation and a suspended 910-day prison term.

The "Teen Mom" star also was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment, mental health evaluation and treatment, and not to contact Glennon unless it was to arrange visits or custody-related matters. Amber Portwood and Andrew Glennon's relationship is amicable.


In March this year, Portwood made headlines again after crying while talking to her "Teen Mom OG" co-stars Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, and Cheyenne Floyd about how the whole ordeal has made her feel.

Due to the previously mentioned incidents, a judge hit Portwood with an order of protection that prevented her from seeing her son James. Luckily, that order was lifted, allowing her to see her son again.

In July 2020, Portwood surprised her Instagram followers after sharing a few posts on Instagram of her 11-year-old daughter, Leah. As The Sun reported, the "Teen Mom" star had not been seen with her daughter on social media since November 2019.

At the moment, Amber Portwood is reportedly dating Dimitri Garcia, a man who is a fan of hers and whom she met over social media.

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