Leah Messer: Details of Childhood Poverty Revealed

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Last week, it was widely reported that Leah Messer might be a hoarder after photos emerged which seemed to show the garage of her sprawling Virginia home piled high with garbage.

Now, it seems the troubled 23-year-old might still be adjusting to having so much space (and so many things) following a childhood characterized by poverty and privation.

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Radar Online is reporting today that in the years before Leah became pregnant with her twin daughters, her mother struggled with massive debt and frequently experienced difficulty feeding her family.

Delta Dawn Spears Messer - now a grandmother several times over at just 41 - reportedly had just $200 in her bank account when she welcomed Leah into the world at the age of 17.

Leah would eventually follow her footsteps into very young motherhood, but first she would endure crippling financial hardships throughout her childhood and teen years.

When Leah was 12, her mother - unemployed and unable to feed Leah and her younger brother on just $465 per month in food stamps - filed for bankruptcy.

At the time, Spears told the court that she was over $40,000 in debt and lived in constant fear that her mobile home would be repossessed.

These days, Leah is living a much more comfortable lifestyle, but her addiction issues to her alleged inability to maintain her massive home, the effects of her troubled childhood are still apparent.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to get caught up in time for tonight's season premiere. 

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