Police Ready to Slap Teen Mom Amber Portwood Right Back (With a Subpoena)

Investigation into boyfriend battery remains open, cops say reality star could face misdemeanor or felony for her on-camera outbursts

By Gina Serpe Nov 03, 2010 3:40 PMTags
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As if there wasn't enough drama inherent in being a teen mom. On a reality show. With a bit of a violence problem.

Now the cops are getting involved.

E! News has confirmed that police are planning to subpoena MTV (which boasts either the greatest or worst casting, we can't decide) for the unedited footage of the decidedly one-sided fight between the show's most infamous Teen Mom, Amber Portwood, and what has to be the most bruised teen dad, Gary Shirley.

"We're looking for any behavior that would be considered to be unlawful where the law is broken," Indiana's Anderson Police Department spokesman Mitch Carroll told E! News, adding that police are currently drafting a subpoena to send to MTV.

"From what we have seen so far from the allegations, and we have to bear in mind that we're dealing with edited footage, it could be something as simple as misdemeanor domestic violence battery—a Class A misdemeanor. Or if it is in fact found to have occurred in the presence of a child less than 14 years of age it could be upgraded to a Class D felony."

Unless MTV is suddenly in the business of CGI'ing toddlers into reality show scenes, it certainly appears to be the latter.

Carroll said that both Portwood and Shirley have fully cooperated with the police and both even came in last month to provide them with statements in the investigation, which remains open.

But while they came in together to deal with police, it's probably the last such trip they'll make in tandem.

The duo has reportedly (mercifully) split. And cashing in on their 15 minutes seems to run in Amber's family, as her dad Shawn Portwood has already told all to RadarOnline.com.

"They don't belong together," he said. "They just don't mix. There's not enough there. They separated and she's moving on."