Jenelle Evans and David Eason were back in court today for day five of their lengthy custody hearing.
And we're guessing the controversial couple is less than pleased with the judge's final decision.
The Ashley's Reality Roundup was the first to report moments ago that Jenelle and David will not be regaining custody of their children anytime soon.
A source tells The Ashley that the children will remain in the care of their current guardians for the foreseeable future and will not be returned to the property the Easons have dubbed "The Land."
While it's the decision that the majority of Teen Mom 2 viewers seemed to be rooting for, it's still somewhat surprising, as family courts are generally very reluctant to deny custody rights to birth mothers.
Here's a look at how it all transpired and what might happen next:
The Terrible Twosome
As seasoned Teen Mom 2 viewers are well aware, Jenelle Evans and David Easons have been flouting the law and openly mistreating their children for years. Now, it seems their questionable behavior has finally caught up with them, and then some.
After an unusually lengthy custody hearing (these matters are generally decided within hours, not multiple weeks), a judge ruled this afternoon that Jenelle and David have failed to provide a safe and healthy environment for the three children who were in their care on The Land, their North Carolina property.
As a result, 2-year-old Ensley will remain with her grandmother, Barbara Evans (as will Jenelle's son Jace, who lives with her already); 4-year-old Kaiser will continue to reside with his father, Nathan Griffith; and 11-year-old Maryssa, David's daughter from a previous relationship, will stay with her maternal grandmother.
The Easons sure are incredible, but not in the positive sense of the word. “The judge deemed Jenelle and David not credible,” a source tells The Ashley.
Stating the Obvious
“He also told Jenelle that she did not do her job as a mother to protect her kids," the Ashley's insider adds ... as Teen Mom Nation collectively nods, because obviously.
While those who have been observing the Carolina Hurricane's wild behavior over the years may have easily predicted this outcome, Jenelle reportedly never saw it coming. Self-awareness is not her strong suit.
Devastated and Shocked
“She was devastated and shocked,” the source says of Jenelle’s reaction to the ruling, and while we can understand the first part, what's most shocking to some observers is that it took authorities this long.
"She was very confident that the judge would give them back the kids," the insider adds. Again, self-awareness is not one of her notable character traits.
The Downward Spiral
The CPS investigation into life on The Land began earlier this month when Eason brutally shot and killed Evans' French bulldog, Nugget. The pup was executed after allegedly nipping at the couple's daughter Ensley.
Justice For Nugget
The dog became an unlikely martyr when Griffith, Jenelle's ex-fiance and the father of her son Kaiser, contacted police and informed them that all three of the children were at home when Eason flew into a rage and murdered the animal.
The ensuing investigation by CPS officials led to all three children being removed from the home and placed with other caretakers.
The Company She Keeps
It was David, not Jenelle, who was under investigation, but because Evans remained with her husband after everything that happened, the two parties were essentially treated as a single entity by the court.
Too Little, Too Late
At this point, even if Jenelle were to leave David, it would not be enough to convince the judge in her case that she deserves to regain custody of her kids; Griffith has made it clear he doesn't want Kaiser around Eason, and she's shown no inclination to leave him.
Failure to Protect
“At this point, it doesn’t matter if she left him or not, because she failed to protect her kids," says The Ashley's source.
Jenelle in Hell
Throughout the hearing, Jenelle was reportedly confident that she would easily regain custody ... but she frequently behaved erratically while at court, which is not typically a good way to improve one's odds.
Off to a Great Start
On the very first day of the hearing, David brought a gun with him to the courthouse and ominously placed it on his dashboard in full view of reporters. Yes, that actually happened.
An Odd Decision
Then on Friday of last week, Jenelle left the courtroom early and skipped a scheduled visitation session with her children, citing illness as the cause. Again, not a great strategy, mom.
There were several incidents in which the couple seemed to be daring the judge to decide against them, such as when David threatened a reporter outside the North Carolina courthouse where the hearing took place. This made some critics question if they secretly wanted to be relieved of parenting duties.
It's important to note that today's hearing only decided the matter of temporary custody. CPS will continue its investigation in an effort to determine where the children should be placed permanently.
But Jenelle and David have both previously lost custody of children (her son Jace has lived with Barbara since infancy, as Teen Mom fans know, while David has a son from a previous relationship who he's even not permitted to visit), so they definitely have an uphill battle ahead of them.
Sad Ending to a Sad Story?
While Jenelle and David will almost certainly appeal the decision, many Teen Mom 2 viewers will likely look at this as the end of one of the strangest sagas in reality TV history.
Her career path is equally uncertain. Jenelle was fired from the show when it became clear she intended to stay with David even after he executed her dog in a violent fit of rage.
... And Dad
David was fired from the network back in February of 2018 after he hurled homophobic slurs at Teen Mom 2 fans who urged him to be sensitive to the families of the Parkland school shooting victims.
Lost on the Land
We're sure Jenelle and David will continue to plead their case in court - as well as on social media - but for many, with no TV show and no kids at home, the Easons are nothing more than a pair of formerly well-off rednecks.
More to Come
As always, this situation is fluid and still unfolding. The Hollywood Gossip will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: House of Tears
An insider has filled Jenelle in on some of what happened in court, saying, “The judge heard testimony that David and Jenelle were constantly screaming and arguing, and the children were terrified."
“CPS described the state of the home as horrific. It was filthy, and there were holes in all of the walls,” the insider adds, and sadly, that does not come as a huge surprise at this point.
An Appropriate Reaction
“Jenelle was sobbing in court,” the source adds, although she walked out of the building with Eason, not her children.
“Jenelle believed that her lawyer was going to be able to get her children back and she seemed stunned when this happened,” the tipster says ... making us believe she needs to either get better legal representation, if someone told her that, or a reality check (and we don't mean reality TV).
Limited Face Time
Meanwhile, a different source tells TMZ that at least for the immediate future, the Easons will be allowed only one hour of visitation time per week. One hour, per week. Goodness.
Safe at Last
Insiders tell the site that Kaiser is "terrified" of returning to Jenelle and David, and the 4-year-old seems to have suffered the brunt of the abuse.
Sounds Right to Us
TMZ's source sums the situation up succinctly, saying, "It's all David's fault."