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'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood's daughter is a ward of the state



The bad news is escalating for Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, as the state of Indiana ruled right before Thanksgiving that it has the power to take away her daughter, Leah. Maybe she can use the free time to review the video evidence against her in her felony domestic abuse case.

Portwood and Gary Shirley showed up in court in the town of Anderson Tuesday for an emergency child placement hearing for their 2-year-old, RadarOnline reports. "Leah is a ward of the state," a source told the site, noting that a judge can decide who is the child's guardian while the state's Department of Child Services assesses the kid's living conditions. Leah is currently living with Shirley.

Amber was allowed to havea one-hour visitation with her daughter at Gary's house, but a DCS worker went with her. She's waiting out a six-month monitoring period after she was charged with one misdemeanor and two felony counts of domestic abuse for hitting and choking Gary while MTV cameras were rolling (the felony counts were because Leah was in the room, as per Indiana law). Gary's also being investigated, but he doesn't have felony charges against him, so he's obviously the responsible one.


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