Gary Shirley Won't Tell Daughter Amber Portwood is in Jail

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Teen Mom Amber Portwood’s daughter has no idea her mother is serving time in an Indiana jail, because baby daddy Gary Shirley won't tell her, he confesses.

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Portwood has been at Rockville Correctional Facility after she chose to give up a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program and was given a five-year sentence.

“I haven’t been able to say that ‘Mommy’s in jail,’” Shirley said.  “When I tried to tell her, ‘Mommy’s in trouble,’ she got upset. So, I’ve said, ‘Mommy’s at work,’ or 'on vacation.’”

However, communication between Amber Portwood and Leah hasn’t been completely cut off. The pair do talk to one another over the phone from prison.

Leah will say, “‘I miss you. When can I see you?’” Shirley revealed. “She actually said, ‘Can I come over to your house?’ I don’t really think Leah understands at all.”

The situation has taken a toll on Gary as well.

“I’m doing the best I can,” he confessed. “The last time I cried was two weeks ago. It’s so important to have help with Leah, and people aren’t always there. It’s very frustrating.”

Despite his struggles, Gary hasn’t filled in the “complicated” paperwork to visit Amber in prison. Amber claims to have sent it, but feels he is simply afraid.

“I try to give him excuses,” she said.

Gary Shirley admitted he gets “stressed” and “depressed" and that “I’m sure one day Leah will see the show, or the kids at school will say stuff about us."

Very sad situation all around.

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Amber Portwood Biography

Amber and Leah (Teen Mom)
Amber Portwood is a star on MTV's Teen Mom. She is the mother of Leah Leann Shirley, whose father is Gary Shirley, Amber's on-off fiance... More »
Anderson, Indiana
Full Name
Amber Portwood