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It's official: Amber Portwood, notorious star of MTV's Teen Mom, is facing charges for violent behavior towards ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley. Portwood, 20, shocked viewers when she attacked Shirley on camera in front of their two-year-old daughter, Leah. As of Monday, she is now being charged with three felony counts and a misdemeanor, for domestic battery, violence, and neglect of her child.
The last few months have been difficult for Portwood and her family. Indiana police launched a domestic abuse investigation against Amber in October, after the MTV episode in question aired. Around Thanksgiving, Leah became a ward of the state, but was returned to her mother at the end of November. Now the former teen mom is awaiting trial, and could be facing up to three years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.
Just over a week ago, Amber Portwood revealed a dramatic gesture to declare her commitment to her daughter: she got a life-sized tattoo of Leah's face on her torso. The immense tattoo is Amber's first, and according to Popeater, she's already had some second thoughts about it. We're not so big on tattoos as a sign of parental devotion (a.k.a. the Jon Gosselin theory of tattoo art), but maybe it will help sway the jury? With all the key evidence right there in high-def, Amber's going to need all the help she can get.
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