Why did Amber go to prison?

After years of avoiding jail and being under probation, Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood pleaded guilty to several domestic violence charges.

Amber Portwood gave birth to her daughter, Leah, in November 2008. Leah’s father, Gary Shirley was Portwood’s then boyfriend. Portwood exhibited violent behavior toward Shirley during the second season of Teen Mom. Portwood faced felony domestic violence charges in 2010. According to CNN, fans noticed in some of the episodes that Portwood would shove, slap, punch and choke Shirley. Two out of the three charges she faced were because Leah had witnessed the violence. As a result, Portwood spent two days in jail.

Portwood was released from jail on a $5 000 bond and entered a not guilty plea. She pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic battery, while the other two charges were dismissed. Portwood also received a fine and was placed under probation.

In 2011, Portwood attempted to take her life and subsequently went to rehab. In December 2011, Shirley got full custody of 3-year-old Leah. Portwood, on the other hand, was arrested after allegedly violating her probation.

That same month, Portwood was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police claimed that she was found with prescription pills. She pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2012, and was sentenced to five years in prison. Portwood made a plea deal where she could avoid going to prison if she went to rehab instead. She, however, dropped out of rehab in May 2012 and was ordered to go to prison. She served her sentence in prison from June 2012 to November 2013, before being released for good behaviour. She was released on probation but had to undergo random drug testing.

Portwood then began dating Andrew Glennon and they welcomed a son, James, in May 2018. Portwood was arrested in July 2019 and charged with felony domestic battery. According to the police report, Glennon sent a text to a police officer at 02:00, stating that he needed help as his and his son’s lives were in danger.

In October 2019, Portwood pleaded guilty to two felony charges of domestic battery and intimidation. She was sentenced to 900 days of probation, according to the Indiana State Court records. In April 2020, Portwood agreed to a plea deal and was then able to live a relatively normal life.

Portwood and Shirley can be seen in the new season of Teen Mom.