Prosecutors in central Indiana have filed felony domestic battery and child neglect charges against a star of the MTV reality show “Teen Mom.”
Anderson police began investigating 20-year-old Amber Portwood after a September episode showed her slapping, choking and kicking the 24-year-old father of her daughter.
Detective Mitch Carroll tells The Herald Bulletin that the child neglect charges stem from Portwood’s then-1-year-old daughter being present during two filmed instances of domestic violence.
Anne Houseworth of the Indiana Department of Child Services said dozens of viewers called the state’s child abuse hotline to report Portwood’s outbursts.
What I want to know is what took so long? She allegedly assaulted him three times in 2009, with one of the assaults being filmed by MTV.
If he had hit her the way she was hitting him the show would have included film of him being hauled off to jail. Instead the camera crew just watched and did nothing and the cops didn’t get involved until the show aired.
There are stories reporting that Portwood was encouraged by MTV to attack they guy. If that’s true she is still just as guilty, but MTV may be subject to criminal and civil liability as well.
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