“Teen Mom” Amber Portwood signs away custody rights

Portwood gives boyfriend Gary Shirley full custody of daughter Leah

WRITTEN BY: Jason Oliva
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Amber Portwood, 22, of the MTV show "Teen Mom" waived custody rights of her child Leah, three, to her on-again off-again boyfriend Gary Shirley. The decision comes after Portwood's conviction of a felony drug charge and five-year prison sentence, evidence that was captured on tape by the maternity train wreck program.

Portwood, who was first arrested in November 2010 on felony domestic violence charges following the airing of her on-screen abuse towards boyfriend Gary Shirley, finds herself back in legal troubles.

The not so teen mom was arrested again in December 2011, when a probation search uncovered "a fairly sufficient amount of several different prescription pills" that were not prescribed to her. Portwood then served more than a month in jail before coming to a plea deal for her felony drug charge.

The plea included a drug rehab program, which Portwood dropped out of in May 2012 after failing a urine test and lying about it. So, the teen mom decided to opt out and take the five year prison sentence, thus granting Leah's father, Gary Shirley, full custody.

Portwood, who admitted to mental problems during her rehab program, has signed away full parenting rights to Shirley and hopes to get her life back on track while serving her time in an Indiana state prison. Hopefully now, CPS will call off their hounds for the young couple.

"I'm not just going to sit," Portwood assured viewers. "I'm going to substance abuse classes. I'm going to get my GED."

 

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