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    I always wondered what happened to Sophia's dad's parents. I just cannot imagine having a grandchild and having a child deceased and not knowing the last symbol of his existence. I hope that Farrah allows Sophia to know the family, and that they want to be known. I lost a father young, and the only evidence I have of him is through his parents and my interactions with them. It was a valuable gift and helped me tremendously. Sophia will be lacking without the knowledge of that side of her.

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    Anderson ‘Teen Mom’ being investigated for assault Breaking News The Herald Bulletin
    Anderson ‘Teen Mom’ being investigated for assault
    MTV show features Amber Portwood in physical fight with ex-fianc

    By Brandi Watters The Herald Bulletin The Herald Bulletin Wed Sep 29, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    ANDERSON, Ind. — Local police have begun an investigation into an apparent assault that appeared on Tuesday’s episode of “Teen Mom,” an MTV reality show featuring Anderson residents Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley.

    The pre-taped episode features a scene in which Portwood appears to hit, punch and kick her ex-fianc, Shirley, after he accuses her of being a bad mom and threatens to report her to Child Protective Services.

    Portwood and Shirley were first featured in the MTV reality series, “16 and Pregnant.”

    “Teen Mom,” which follows the lives of four teen mothers, has returned in its second season with episodes airing each week, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

    Lt. Paul Boulware of the Anderson Police Department said the department wasn’t aware of the fight until Wednesday, when the department’s victim’s advocate received two anonymous e-mails urging police to look into the incident.

    “We assigned an officer to it this afternoon,” Boulware said.

    The episode, which was pre-taped, features a fight between Portwood and Shirley that begins when Shirley questions Portwood about crib sheets on their daughter’s bed.

    “Why didn’t you put a sheet on her bed when my mom brought brand new ones today?” Shirley asks Portwood.

    When Portwood begins screaming at him, Shirley threatens her. “Lower your voice because Child Protective Services will get called.”

    With their child, Leah, standing at their feet, the two argue back and forth until Shirley finally takes the child and leaves the apartment.

    “I’m keeping her for a while,” Shirley says as he exits Portwood’s Anderson apartment.

    “Oh really? How long is that,” she responds.

    “Forever,” Shirley says.

    The Herald Bulletin contacted Child Protective Services and inquired about any existing complaints against Portwood or Shirley.

    Ann Houseworth of Child Protective Services responded to the query. “State statute does not permit me to speak about case specific information on children or families that may be involved with the child welfare system.”

    When Shirley returns later in the episode, he finds Portwood stacking his belongings in the stairwell that leads to her apartment.

    She tells him that he can’t stay with her anymore and an argument ensues.

    As Shirley stands atop the stairs, Portwood appears to punch and slap him seven times.

    “I am at the edge,” she screams, asking if he wants her to punch him in the face.

    During the altercation, Shirley never responds to Portwood’s attacks physically, but continually asks “are you done?” and tells her to quit hitting him.

    As Shirley descends the stairway, Portwood appears to kick him in the back.

    Early in the episode, Portwood tells a friend that she has been practicing Krav Maga, an Israeli hand-to-hand combat system.

    “Even though things with Gary are confusing right now, at least I know how to fight for what I believe in,” Portwood states in a voice-over during the episode.

    The Herald Bulletin attempted to reach officials with MTV, but calls were not returned.

    Boulware said the investigation into the possible domestic violence has been forwarded to the department’s criminal investigation unit.

    He said the incident is a unique case because it was taped and aired on national television. “It’s a new way of receiving information. It’s like a 911 call through reality TV.”

    It appears that the department never received a report of the incident from the MTV film crew on scene. “We have not had any information about it until e-mails were sent to the victim advocate,” Boulware said.

    In some cases, Boulware said, those who witness a crime but fail to report it to police can face criminal charges. “It depends on what kind of crime it is.”

    The Herald Bulletin visited Portwood’s Anderson apartment Wednesday, but Portwood and Shirley are in Tennessee filming their show with MTV, according to a family friend staying at the residence.
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    What in the world are they doing together in Tennessee? Has Gary gone back to her yet again? What is with those two? It's like she needs a victim, and he needs to be victimized, and Leah's caught in the middle of the whole mess.

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    I knew a guy like Gary, but he didn't have a child with his abuser; he was in his 30s. His "endearing" nickname for her was "The Warhorse". She showed up in our work parking lot one day, and we saw her chasing him around a car...it all seemed funny at the time. She went and threw something in the lot dumpster and left; one of the guys went out to see what it was. It was a butcher knife with a 10-inch blade. He continued to stay with her. He died several years later, but it wasn't from any kind of trauma. At his funeral I saw a floral arrangement from The Center for Women and Children (an abuse shelter), where he had been a volunteer for a couple of years.....nobody ever knew. Glad that Amber's and Gary's drama is, at least, on television; they need the documentation.
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    I really wonder why Farrah is the way she is-- as far as so rude and bratty. There has to be something in her past that has made her that way. I have just always been so curious how she got to that point. And why/how her relationship with her parents is so volatile.

    I also wonder about the relationship she had with Sophia's father. They weren't even together when he died and I swear I think I remember her speaking somewhat negatively about him in 16 & Pregnant and now she acts like he was the love of her life. Doesn't make sense. Perhaps she's doing that thing we all have a tendency to do post-breakup... at some point we start to romanticize our exes and it usually takes being around them again to remind us of reality!!

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    i was disgusted w leah's bottle of blue water too.

    i don't understand the new sheet purchase tho. you wash sheets, not just keep buying new ones.

    i don't remember farrah ever speaking ill of derek.

    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaM;4073410;

    I also wonder about the relationship she had with Sophia's father. They weren't even together when he died and I swear I think I remember her speaking somewhat negatively about him in 16 & Pregnant and now she acts like he was the love of her life. Doesn't make sense. Perhaps she's doing that thing we all have a tendency to do post-breakup... at some point we start to romanticize our exes and it usually takes being around them again to remind us of reality!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaM;4073410;
    I really wonder why Farrah is the way she is-- as far as so rude and bratty. There has to be something in her past that has made her that way. I have just always been so curious how she got to that point. And why/how her relationship with her parents is so volatile.

    I also wonder about the relationship she had with Sophia's father. They weren't even together when he died and I swear I think I remember her speaking somewhat negatively about him in 16 & Pregnant and now she acts like he was the love of her life. Doesn't make sense. Perhaps she's doing that thing we all have a tendency to do post-breakup... at some point we start to romanticize our exes and it usually takes being around them again to remind us of reality!!
    You know from what I remember of that First Season with Farrah was that it was HER PARENTS that did not want her around Derek. I remember as the show opened, she just found out she was pregnant. The Mom and Dad were not happy at all and did not want her to even tell Derek. I do not believe he went to the same school as Farrah. I remember it was devastating to her when she could no longer fit into her cheering outfit and had to quit the team. Some of the girls were not very friendly to Farrah when they found out she was pregnant. It was not a happy time for Farrah.

    I am 'thinking' that Farrah now in hindsight wishes she did not listen to her parents and had some communication with Derek, not necessarily a relationship but some communication with him and his family. And I am thinking this is where this anger towards her parents comes from. You can see Debra, every time Farrah mentions Sophia's Dad, Debra has NOTHING good to say about him. JMHO.
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    I didn't get the sheet issue, either. Why did Gary and Amber not have sheets for the crib?
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    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay;4073911;
    I didn't get the sheet issue, either. Why did Gary and Amber not have sheets for the crib?
    I think Amber had sheets. Leah probably spilled something on them, like BLUE WATER and they needed changing. It doesn't appear that they have a washing machine in the apt. Too lazy to wash the sheets and put them back on. Lazy. Period.
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