Amber Portwood loses primary custody of her kid

Teen Mom star has lost custody of the baby that made her an MTV reality star, as a judge gave custody to the kid’s father, Gary Shirley. But it does not have anything to do with her arrest for arrest for domestic battery against Shirley. (Last week, Amber rejected a plea deal to settle the charges of felony domestic battery and child neglect.)

TMZ reports that “an Indiana judge decided he was a more suitable parent” in part because “Child Protective Services recommended that Gary have primary custody because of recent vandalism to Amber’s house and car,” and “both parties agreed it would be best for baby Leah to stay with Gary until further notice.” She will have visitation.

As to the vandalism, The Daily Mail notes that she “called police after her Ford Taurus was spray painted with obscene language outside her home in Anderson, Indiana. Her house was also pelted with eggs.”

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