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Dec282010

MTV 'Teen Mom' Charged With Domestic Battery

Photo Courtesy - MTV Networks International(ANDERSON, Ind.) -- A fight captured on tape from MTV's Teen Mom is what got Amber Portwood charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, one felony charge of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, according to TMZ.com and RadarOnline.com. 

Police in Indiana pursued domestic violence charges against Portwood, 20, who appeared on the 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 in November. "The incident was witnessed by the couple's one-year-old child, who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed."

If convicted, Portwood would face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Portwood has denied hitting Shirley in front of their daughter.

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