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Teen Mom hot mess star Amber Portwood appeared in an Indiana courtroom yesterday and got some bad news.

Amber’s reason for being court? It all stems from hitting her baby daddy Gary Shirley. If you recall, Amber was charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, one felony count of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery for striking Gary in front of their two-year-old daughter, Leah.

According to E! News, Amber, 21, reportedly broke down in tears when a judge set a hearing date of November 16 to determine her fate. “She was really upset,” says a source says, adding that Gary, 24, was present for the hearing (the two are reportedly back together). “She was crying,” the source adds. Another witness adds that Amber “stormed out” of the courtroom after the announcement. “You could tell she wasn’t happy.” Amber had reportedly hoped the charges against her would be dropped.

In other news, not even twenty-four hours after the latest episode of 16 and Pregnant aired, TMZ is reporting that new mom Jamie McKay is petitioning the court for sole custody of her daughter, Miah. She claims that her ex-boyfriend and her baby’s father, Ryan McElrath “has a history of cocaine abuse” and is “not responsible and not in a position to provide a stable environment” for baby Miah.

On Tuesday night’s show, we watched a blurry-eyed Ryan almost miss his daughter’s birth after being up for several nights. Jamie, while in her fifth hour of labor chastised him for smelling of booze and later learned that he’d been out partying with another girl when her contractions started. The couple’s strained relationship imploded, with Jamie blaming Ryan’s “bad habits” and Ryan claiming that Jamie wouldn’t permit him to take Miah to his parents’ home to visit. Say what you will…yes, I would be an idiot to think Jamie didn’t know about Ryan’s addictions before and during their relationship, and yes, it is probably rare for someone to date someone like that and not share some of the same tendencies, but it is possible.

Jamie is now petitioning the judge to order Ryan to “submit to appropriate drug and alcohol assessments and testing and to comply with all treatment recommendations.” She also wants Ryan to successfully complete a parenting class. In an interview with TMZ, Ryan stated, “She’s doing this just to cause problems … it will all clear out in court.”

I guess we will all be waiting with baited breath (or not) as we’re sure to hear much more about this dispute in the upcoming weeks. Having just filed the papers, Jamie has a date to meet Ryan in court on June 13th. I just sincerely hope the young pair can remain civil and consider what is in the best interest of that seven-month-old baby. What do you think? Should Ryan not have to jump through these hoops to see his daughter, or is Jamie justified in her requests?

TELL US – SHOULD AMBER GO TO JAIL FOR HITTING GARY? SHOULD JAMIE GET SOLE CUSTODY OF HER DAUGHTER?

On this week’s 16 and Pregnant, the most recent young couple to be followed by mtv is Jamie McKay and her boyfriend Ryan from Asheville, North Carolina. Jamie is a senior honor student and student council member who is hoping her baby will have the father she never had. Unfortunately, her daughter’s paternity is the product of a drunken, deadbeat, irresponsible teenage boy. He’s lost his license due to multiple speeding tickets and a DUI. Ryan sounds like a clASS act. I swear, mtv should’ve saved Jordan Ward and her role model worthy baby daddy Brian Finder till the end of the season…not the premiere. Now I am measuring all the young fathers against him, and I know that is a total lost cause.

We learn that (yet again) the couple didn’t use any form of birth control. Calling mtv execs…perhaps you should have more contraceptive PSAs airing during the show and less shampoo commercials–just an idea. Jamie’s friends were shocked to find out her news, and while they don’t seem too keen on Ryan, they are supportive. One lad, wise beyond his years (??) opines (and I paraphrase), “A mother becomes a mom when she gets pregnant, but a father doesn’t feel like a dad until his sees his baby.” Here’s hopin’! Jamie’s mother isn’t Ryan’s biggest fan either, and he heads farther down the pecking order when he can’t attend Jamie’s doctor’s appointment because he’s due in court for that whole “bad driver” silliness. And oh, the doctor’s appointment…the look on that poor ob-gyn’s face when she asks Jamie what she was most concerned about with birth and motherhood. Answer? Stretch marks. Please, sweet young girl, try to realize the gravity of what is about to happen.

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