Jenelle Evans is going to court on Thursday, May 16 after a judge ordered all of her children be removed from her care amid a Child Protective Services investigation.
Will the Teen Mom 2 star get custody of her children back at today’s hearing?
Legal experts, who have not worked with Jenelle, exclusively reveal to RadarOnline.com that Jenelle and her husband David Eason could go years before their children are back in their care unsupervised.
Scroll down Radar’s gallery to get details on the next steps they need to take to end their CPS nightmare.
The CPS drama started when David shot and killed the family dog Nugget for nipping at their 2-year-old daughter Ensley.
Baby daddy Nathan Griffith’s mom was ordered to pick up Kaiser, 4, from day care on Friday, May 10.
Jenelle’s mom Barbara, who has custody of Jace, 9, was ordered not to give him to Jenelle on Mother’s Day weekend.
On May 13, a judge signed off on a request to remove all of the children from Jenelle and David’s care. Their daughter Ensley, 2, and David’s daughter Maryssa, 11, from a previous marriage were later removed.
Day In Court
Jenelle, 27, has court in North Carolina regarding the CPS case. But legal experts exclusively reveal to Radar that she likely won’t get the children back today.
Beverly Hills Family Law Attorney Adam Michael Sacks told Radar, “Generally especially at first, the courts want to reunite the family so they try to get the parents to reform. If they go to parenting classes, anger management, etc., and try to improve their parental skills, the kids can be returned.”
He said the process could take “1 year or more.” “Parental attitude is everything,” Sacks said. “The parents must cooperate and be sorry and work to improve themselves. If the parents don't take it seriously and don't do as directed, then the kids are seen only monitored and eventually taken away from them permanently.”
Legal expert Monica Lindstrom said a child being removed from a home is “very serious.” “These departments are often overworked and understaffed so removal is not as common as one might think,” she said. “In order to remove a child from the home the department must have reasonable suspicion to believe the child has been harmed or is in physical or emotional danger. This suspicion can come from reports made by third parties such as neighbors, family members, medical providers or even the police. CPS is looking for any sign of neglect, physical danger/harm or emotional harm.”
Saving The Kids
Lindstrom claimed CPS had “adequate reasonable suspicion to believe the children in the home were in danger.”
“There had been multiple investigations by CPS in the past, her oldest child had already been removed from the home, and her husband admitted to shooting the family dog,” she said. “Regardless of the reason for the use of the firearm, it was still that, use of a firearm around a child. That is almost always going to raise red flags."
Making It Right
Lindstrom continued, “At this point Jenelle Evans, if she chooses, will likely need to hire an experienced attorney to help her with the process of obtaining custody of her children. She will need to prove, most likely through a detailed plan that involves parenting classes, that her children will be safe with her. Dealing with CPS is a serious matter and not one to be taken lightly.”
Jenelle admitted on a Teen Mom 2 episode that CPS has been called on her 20 times before. Griffith accused David of abusing Kaiser. They denied the claims.