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Nov192010

MTV 'Teen Mom' Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(ANDERSON, Ind.) -- Police in Anderson, Ind., are pursuing domestic violence charges against Amber Portwood, 20, who appears on Teen Mom, the MTV reality show that chronicles the challenges of being a young mother. In footage taped by the show, Portwood is seen repeatedly punching and slapping her on-and-off boyfriend Gary Shirley in the presence of their daughter, Leah.

"On Aug. 14, 2009 ... Portwood shoved Shirley against a wall, slapped him on the face and choked him," Anderson Police Detective Mitch Carroll told ABC News Indianapolis affiliate WRTV. "The incident was witnessed by the couple's 1-year-old child, who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed."

Domestic violence in front of a child is a felony in Indiana. Police have recommended that the district attorney file one misdemeanor and two felony charges against Portwood. If convicted, she will face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

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