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‘Teen Mom’ Alum Jenelle Evans Temporarily Loses Custody Of Her 3 Kids Over Husband's Alleged Dog-Killing
Social media backlash and an animal cruelty investigation ensued after Evans’ husband, David Eason, allegedly killed the family dog and then justified the decision online.
Amid controversy surrounding her husband’s decision to allegedly shoot and kill the family dog, former “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans has reportedly lost custody of all three of her children temporarily.
After four days of testimony from family and others close to the couple, a judge ruled this week that Evans would not regain custody of her three children — 9-year-old Jace, 4-year-old Kaiser, and 2-year-old Ensley — because her home environment places the children at risk, TMZ reports.
The judge’s decision comes after Evans’ husband, David Eason, allegedly shot and killed Evans’ French bulldog, Nugget, after the animal nipped their 2-year-old. Eason defended his decision to personally put down the animal in a social media post that’s since been deleted, writing, “I dont give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face … whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I dont put up with that s–t at all.”
The animal’s killing resulted in North Carolina police launching an animal cruelty investigation into Eason, and Evans first losing custody of her two sons from a previous relationship. She presumably lost custody of Ensley, the daughter she shares with Eason, later.
Jace and Ensley are currently being cared for by Evans’ mother, Barbara Evans, E! News reports.
“Of course I would like for Jenelle to get them all back eventually, but certain things have to happen first,” she told the outlet.
Kaiser’s father Nathan Griffith, who reportedly testified about alleged issues in Evans’ home, currently has custody of the 4-year-old he shares with Evans, according to TMZ.
Evans and Eason and their children’s temporary guardians are all scheduled to return to court on Tuesday for another hearing on the matter, but in the meantime, the couple is allowed to have weekly one-hour supervised visits with the children, an anonymous source reported to E! News.
Evans was “stunned” by the judge’s decision not to award her custody of her children, the source said, adding that, in the meantime, she is “focusing on getting her kids back” and is “working on her marriage.”
A representative for the former reality TV star stated that she is cooperating with the court, according to E! News.
“At this time we are cooperating with the judge and legal team from court,” their statement reads. “We have no comment at this time and appreciate the concerns regarding our client and her children. We will continue to cooperate with the court and their decisions.”
Evans’ run on reality TV came to an end earlier this year when MTV booted her from the cast of “Teen Mom 2” over Eason’s alleged killing of the dog, USA Today reports.
“We have stopped filming with Jenelle Eason as of April 6, 2019, and have no plans to cover her story in the upcoming season,” the network said in a statement.
Eason was fired from the show last year after he posted a series of homophobic tweets.