Teen Mom's Jenelle Evans Shares Son Jace Is Living With His Grandma Barbara

Jenelle Evans revealed that her 14-year-old son Jace—who she regained custody of earlier this year—is now back with her mom Barbara Evans as her husband David Eason faces child abuse allegations.

By Gabrielle Chung Oct 28, 2023 12:37 AMTags
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Jenelle Evans is sharing insight into her family's dynamic amid legal drama over her son Jace.

Seven months after regaining full custody of the 14-year-old, the Teen Mom 2 alum shared that Jace—who has a history of running away from home—is back to living with her mom, Barbara Evans, amid her husband David Eason's child abuse allegations

"He is with her temporarily and they are looking to possibly transport him somewhere else due to his behavior in the past," Jenelle told The Messenger on Oct. 27, adding that her other kids Kaiser, 9, and Ensley, 6, are "doing great."

Earlier this month, David was charged with a child abuse misdemeanor in a case involving Jace, according to TMZ. Though Jenelle, 31, did not specify what happened that led to the charge, she did confirm in her new interview that David and Jace were involved in a September incident during which the 35-year-old "searched" the teen and confiscated items. 

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"My son has been having mental health issues for the past two to three years," explained Jenelle, who shares Jace with ex Andrew Lewis. "He has been on and off medication that was not prescribed under my care. They are thinking it's because of the effects of the medication, it's causing him to have behaviors he shouldn't have. He's had outbursts. He's in intensive therapy at the moment and getting the help he needs."


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She also said Jace has been "seeking mental health therapy for a while" and his struggles with boundaries is "one reason why I got custody." As she recalled, Barbara—who previously had custody of Jace for more than a decade—"would call David and say 'Can you come help me, he just ran out of the car?'"

However, Jenelle said she fell out with her mom during a family summer trip to Puerto Rico.

Earlier this week, Jenelle claimed that there was a "smear campaign" against David in response to his abuse allegation. "You would think police wouldn't make a one sided police investigation," she wrote on her Instagram Story Oct. 24. "They didn't conduct interviews, didn't ask any information from the parents. This seems like a very bias [sic] situation like everytime before."

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She continued at the time, "I feel so violated by the system. Wait until the day you hear the truth."

E! News has reached out to Barbara and David's reps, as well as the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, for comment but hasn't heard back.

Keep scrolling to see Jenelle and her family throughout the years.

Some Bunny Loves You

Jenelle Evans celebrated Easter 2023 with her kids Jace, Kaiser and Ensley, as well as husband David Eason and his daughter Maryssa.

Mama Knows Best

The Teen Mom alum was joined by her own mother, Barbara Evans, for a Mother's Day celebration in May 2023.

Snow Place Like Home

Jenelle hit the slopes with her kids and stepdaughter Maryssa.

Let's Swim

Jenelle and her son Jace, who she shares with ex Andrew Lewis, took a dip in the local lake.

Field Trip

Kaiser, whose dad is Jenelle's ex Nathan Griffith, enjoyed the day at the WonderWorks amusement park with mom.

Spooky Squad

For Halloween 2022, Ensley—who Jenelle shares with her husband David—dressed up as the titular heroine of the 2009 flick Coraline. Meanwhile, Kaiser went trick-or-treating as Freddy Krueger.

Family Vacation

The entire family—including Jenelle's mom Barbara and stepdaughter Maryssa—had a blast vacationing in Puerto Rico.

Forever Flock

Jenelle captioned this photo with her three kids, "All of momma's ducks in a row."

All Grown Up

"He's almost taller than me," Jenelle captioned this mother-son snap with Jace on Instagram. "#GrowingUp."

'Tis the Season

Jenelle rang in Christmas with Kaiser and Ensley in December 2022.

Birthday Girl

David and Jenelle celebrated Ensley's 6th birthday in January 2023.

Fun Times

Jenelle took Kaiser and Ensley to Medieval Times.

Life's a Beach

Jenelle and David had some fun in the sun with the kids at the beach in August 2022.

A Special Place

In 2022, the family spent Fourth of July hiking North Carolina's Beacon Heights Trail, where David proposed to Jenelle back in 2016. The former MTV star wrote on Instagram, "So happy to share this view/experience with our kids!"

Like Mother, Like Daughter

"Wonder where she gets all her sass from," Jenelle joked of her look-alike daughter Ensley. "#Twinning."

Milestone Memories

"#HappyBirthday to Jace!" Jenelle wrote on Instagram in August 2023. "You're growing into a such polite young man. I'm happy as long as you're happy!"

Back to School

Jenelle sent her kids back to school in August 2023.

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