Teen Mom Amber Portwood has been charged by police with two felonies and one misdemeanor of domestic violence stemming from televised incidents where she hit Gary Shirley, the father of her baby.
She faces up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
Portwood has not been arrested yet as police have submitted an affidavit to a prosecutor who will make the final determination on the exact charges, Mitch Carroll, Public Information Officer for the Anderson Police Department told RadarOnline.com.
The Anderson PD announced on Thursday that the 20-year-old MTV reality TV star is being charged with the felonies because the domestic violence was committed in the presence of a child.
RadarOnline.com was first to report that authorities subpoenaed footage from MTV as part of their criminal investigation.
The police press release spells out the basis for the criminal charges:
“According to police documents, on August 14, 2009, Portwood shoved Shirley against a wall, slapped him on the face and choked him. The incident was witnessed by the couple’s one-year-old child who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed. On June 14, 2010, Portwood was videotaped slapping Shirley five times, punching him three times and kicking him at least once. Finally, on July 18, 2010, Portwood is again videotaped in the presence of their child slapping Shirley in the face, and punching him several more times in the face and upper-body.”
Portwood was also investigated by the local child protective services agency and agreed to a deal where she is being monitored for six months.
Shirley has the couple’s daughter. Portwood is now dating someone else.
Anderson police say that Portwood and Shirley admitted the three violent incidents in statements on October 20.
MTV has issued the following statement: “We are cooperating with all parties and hope for a quick and fair resolution that allows everyone involved to move forward in a positive manner.”