Amber Portwood has rejected a plea deal from the District Attorney’s office that would have kept her out of jail. Prosecutors offered Portwood 90 days of house arrest and two years probation stemming from charges of felony domestic battery and child neglect. The incidents involving Portwood choking and hitting then fiancé Gary Shirley in front of her daughter Leah were caught on camera by MTV. She was charged shortly after the episodes aired last year. Portwood told “The Herald Bulletin” that the house arrest would interfere with her job as a mother.
This turn of events marks a hard week for Portwood who called the authorities earlier this week when her car was vandalized by a neighbor. The neighbor claimed that Portwood was romantically involved with her child’s father behind her back and vandalized the car out of anger.
The Madison County judge gave Portwood and her attorney 60 days to work out another plea deal or the case will go to trial. If convicted, she could face up to three years in jail and $10,000 in fines. Viewers have reacted strongly to seeing Portwood’s actions on TV and have called the state’s child abuse hotline. In the meantime, Portwood will still be featured on MTV’s “Teen Mom” which was just renewed for a third and fourth season.
“Teen Mom” returns on July 5th. Portwood’s trial will start later this year if no plea deal can be reached.