‘Teen Mom’ Star Amber Portwood Allegedly Threatened Boyfriend With Machete While He Was Holding Their 1-Year-Old Son

Portwood also allegedly threatened to kill herself, downing a handful of pills before throwing them back up, boyfriend Andrew Glennon told police.

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"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood allegedly attacked her boyfriend while he was holding their son and later brandished a machete, leading to her domestic battery arrest July 5.

Portwood, 29, was taken into police custody by Indianapolis authorities early Friday after allegedly assaulting her partner, 35-year-old Andrew Glennon, while their 1-year-old son, James, was in his arms, People reports. An affidavit for probable cause obtained by Radar Online indicates that Portwood threatened to kill herself, even swallowing a handful of pills before throwing them back up, and later waved a machete around during the fight.

The violent incident kicked off when the couple, along with their son, went to see fireworks together on July 4 but were unable to make it to their destination because the roads were closed, according to the report. Portwood was upset and allegedly began berating him because their plans fell through, so Glennon dropped her off at their home to “let [her] cool off” and took their son with him, he said. When he returned to the house later, he told police Portwood took a shoe — a sandal with a “one-inch chunky heel” — from a nearby shoe rack and tried to hit him with it while he was holding their child, forcing him to turn away in order to shield their son.

Amber Portwood

The shoe connected with his shoulder, causing “pain and redness and a light abrasion,” the report states.

Glennon told police that he left again at that point, driving around with their son for three hours before returning with a gift and food for Portwood. However, when he got back to the house, he found Portwood upstairs, where she began “coming at him like she was going to hit him,” the report says. Glennon said that Portwood then told him to put down their son, but he wouldn’t because the child was “crying and upset.” She then allegedly threatened to kill herself, grabbing a “handful of Klonopin” and “[tossing] it back like it was nothing,” the report states. Once Glennon said that he was going to call for help, she “regurgitated” the pills.

The incident allegedly grew more violent from there.

“Mr. Glennon stated Ms. Portwood picked up machete towards him and J.G.,” the report reads. “Mr. Glennon stated he locked himself and J.G. into the office.”

Glennon held the door closed with his foot as Portwood swung the knife, slashing the door, the report states.

“Mr. Glennon stated she hit the door with the machete and kicked the door and broke the handle. Mr. Glennon stated that is when he called for help. Mr. Glennon stated Ms. Portwood then broke down and started crying. Mr. Glennon stated he took J.G. downstairs and Ms. Portwood was sitting at the top of the stairs talking and crying.”

The report states that Glennon texted police at around 2 a.m. that day, writing in his message, “I need help. … My life and my son’s life is in danger.”

When authorities arrived, both parties spoke to officers, and while Portwood admitted to hitting Glennon while he was holding their son, she denied taking any pills or threatening anyone with a knife, the report states. Police said the actions Portwood admitted to were enough to warrant an arrest.

Glennon reportedly told officers that Portwood had assaulted him before and that she’d threatened to hurt him “countless” times in the past.

Police confirmed in their report that Portwood has a previous conviction stemming from domestic battery.

In response to the July 5 incident, Portwood was charged with domestic battery, criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old, Page Six reports, citing court records. Those same documents reportedly reveal that Glennon has requested an emergency hearing as he seeks to gain sole custody of the child he shares with Portwood.

Portwood was released from custody on July 6 after an unnamed woman covered her $2,000 cash bond, Radar Online reports.

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