October 20th, 2010
03:25 PM ET
When Amber Portwood was shown becoming violent with the father of her child, Gary Shirley, on an episode of MTV’s “Teen Mom," it sparked plenty of dialogue, including an interview with the on-again, off-again couple taped by MTV.
But now it looks like Amber could be in for more than just an on-camera talk-it-out session with Dr. Drew.
According to Anderson, Indiana Police Department Detective Mitch Carroll, the police were made aware of the alleged incident after the episode in question aired because of emails from viewers. The police paid a visit to the home of the "Teen Mom" on September 29, but Gary and Amber were out of state at the time. The police have since conducted an initial case report and have spoken with the young parents over the phone.
Detective Carroll says that officers would like to speak with Gary and Amber face to face, but adds that the officers aren't interested in becoming part of the show. He adds that the pair had come to the police station with cameras during an earlier season in order to fill out a police report, and the police refused to send in a release to be on camera. (Detective Carroll notes that those at the station don’t care if it’s “Cops” or “Teen Mom,” not a one of them is interested in being on TV or becoming “C list celebrities.”)
But back to the matter at hand: It seems that the Department of Child Services has launched its own parallel investigation into matters surrounding the incident, but as of Wednesday morning, Child Services hadn’t spoken with Gary or Amber.
Amber, meanwhile, could be facing a domestic violence/battery charge, which is a misdemeanor in Indiana unless it’s committed in the presence of a child under 14 years of age. At that point, it becomes a class D felony, and one can be imprisoned for up to three years and subjected to a fine of no more than $10,000.
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