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Reality Star Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge

Amber Portwood was arrested Friday in Indianapolis
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2019 5:40 PM CDT
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Amber Portwood's latest mugshot.   (Indianapolis Police Dept.)

(Newser) Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood was arrested Friday in Indianapolis on a domestic battery charge—apparently after attacking her boyfriend in an argument, TMZ reports. The 29-year-old lives with cinematographer beau Andrew Glennon and their one-year-old son, James, who police say was in Glennon's arms when the parents got in a heated 3am dispute and Portwood assaulted Glennon. Radar reports that Glennon texted police emergency saying he and James were at risk. "I received a text message from somebody saying that their life and their son’s life is in danger," the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police responder can be heard saying on the call.

Portwood has run afoul of the law before, including two domestic-battery counts with ex-fiance Gary Shirley in December 2010; she pleaded guilty and was arrested a year later for violating probation after cops caught her carrying prescription pills, Us Weekly recalls. TMZ says "she actually had a choice of prison vs. rehab ... she chose prison," which led to 17 months behind bars. Her addiction and mental-health issues have been open fodder on the MTV show, People notes, and she was diagnosed with bipolar and borderline personality disorder in 2017. "It's real," she once told costar Catelynn Baltierra. "I just happen to be on a popular show with a mental illness that is real." (Read more domestic violence stories.)

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