Another “Teen Mom,” Jenelle Evans, arrested for assault caught on tape

I haven’t watched Teen Mom this season, but from what I’ve heard this Jenelle Evans chick is the bad seed in the bunch. She’s has custody of her infant son taken away from her and awarded to her mom, and was arrested for marijuana possession and breaking and entering last year. (She’s due back in court on that charge on April 29.) She also got in a brutal fight with another woman, over her boyfriend or something. This was caught on tape, but it looks like an onlooker taped it on their cell phone without bothering to intervene at all, and ended up selling it to a photo agency. At least in this case it wasn’t an MTV camera person witnessing abuse and not stepping in to stop it.

TMZ has the tape of that fight, and it made me sick to my stomach to watch it. Janelle really lays into the girl and punches her repeatedly in the face, using her fingers to spread open the girl’s mouth when she’s not wailing into her. It’s awful to watch. Thankfully this lowlife Jenelle was arrested for that attack, though. She was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault after the victim pressed charges this weekend. Jenelle posted bond of $500 and was released shortly afterwards.

Jenelle Evans was taken into custody late Sunday in connection with two misdemeanor charges of simple assault and simple affray (i.e., a physical altercation) and has her just-released mug shot for you.

The arrest stemmed from a video of Evans, 19, fighting a love rival named Britany Truett over a boy named Kieffer Delp, who was also arrested Sunday on an unrelated outstanding drug charge. In the clip, Evans is seen punching Truett (who’d pressed charges over the weekend) repeatedly in the face.

The North Carolina native — who’s forfeited legal custody of her son Jace to her mother Barbara in this season’s edition of the MTV reality hit — was apprehended by Oak Island Police and booked into Brunswick County Jail, where she was released at 11:25 p.m. ET on bond of $500.

Evans is the second Teen Mom in as many seasons to be arrested based on incidents caught before the show’s cameras, as Indiana native Amber Portwood is currently facing a pair of felony charges in connection with her televised attack on baby daddy Gary Shirley.

Evans will face the charges in court April 26; in the meantime, you can see more of Jenelle when Teen Mom 2 airs on MTV Tuesday at 10/9c.

[From Radar Online]

What kind of kids is MTV paying $280,000 a year to be on TV? We had Amber last year and now here’s another two bit abusive criminal getting semi-rich and famous thanks to having a child underage that she’s not fit to care for. I hope that MTV makes an executive decision and doesn’t give these kids any more air time after they commit crimes, but you know that’s not going to happen. They get way more press for the show when the stars fight and get arrested.



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  1. dorothy says:


  2. YAY says:

    EW! So gross.

  3. guesty says:

    Jennell’s mother is a real piece of work. Like nails on a chalkboard.

  4. malachais says:

    I honestly wish people would petition MTV so it would go away completely, but the American public apparently loves guidos, babies having babies, and trashy drama.

    There are people that commit worse crimes and keep their children, which is sad.

  5. Jillian says:

    I can’t get over her eyebrows.

  6. Quest says:

    Reality show at it’s best, huh? Don’t follow this show, don’t even understand why it is even showing. These new reality shows (scripted) suck-ass

  7. francesca says:

    I am waiting for MTV (which claims to care about preventing teen pregnancy) to begin showing condoms being used EVERY time kids have sex on their channel. Why not incorporate it into the action of their scripted shows? Oh, that’s right. Because it’s just not as sexy.

  8. Anastasia says:

    I’ve watched Janelle and her mom from when they were on 16 and Pregnant. I have a few observations about them:

    Janelle is NOT bonded with her son. Not at all, not even a teeny tiny little bit. She’s never been his primary caregiver and though she will sometimes say she wants to see him or she’ll express remorse that she’s not with him, when she does get the chance to be around him, he’s not even on her radar much. She might pick him up once and then set him down again. He’s like an afterthought.

    However, in the early days, her mom would yell at her to “TAKE CARE-A YOUR KID!” when she WAS trying to take care of the baby. But according to Janelle’s mom, she wasn’t doing it “right.” I couldn’t see anything wrong with Janelle’s care of the baby and eventually Janelle would have grown more confident in her skills with him and her bond with him, but Janelle’s mom, for whatever reason (I still can’t figure it out–her own controlling issues?) would constantly step in and take the baby from her and do things differently.

    Janelle obviously gave up. So on the one hand you have Janelle’s mom yelling at her to take care of the baby, but when she would attempt to, it was “wrong.” So Janelle began staying out all hours, partying with her friends, like someone her age would.

    I’m not excusing Janelle, but her mom doesn’t see how much of this problem she created, too.

    Now Janelle’s mom has custody of one year old Jace, and that’s probably appropriate at this point, since Janelle has gone right off the rails, smoking pot, fighting, taking off with her scuzzy new boyfriend, etc.

    But honestly, if you’ve watched the show as much as I have, there’s nothing evil or horrible in Janelle. She breaks down from time to time talking about how her mom thinks she’s horrible and a failure and she wants to make things right. She doesn’t have the skills or the resources to fix anything, though. She even attempted to further her education in college, but screwed that up, too, when she took off for New Jersey with her boyfriend and TOOK her mother’s credit cards and then denied it.

    It’s all just a mess. That baby only hears screaming whenever his mother comes around, from both Janelle and the mom. They’re BOTH a mess.

    I just feel sad for the baby. He’s growing up in a chaotic, crazy house and I fear he’ll be the next generation in that family with major issues.

  9. heb says:

    thank god they arrested her, I watched that on Friday and like you-it made me sick. She is such an idiot.

  10. Anastasia says:

    I want to add, I’m glad the girl who was beat up on tape pressed charges and Janelle was arrested. Janelle’s mom may not be mom of the year, but at least maybe Janelle can get a huge wake up call and get her life together.

  11. Franny says:

    It might be hard for Jenelle’s mother to be civil toward her daughter when it’s clear the girl is immature, disrespectful, and violent. I wouldn’t want my grandchild near her either. And now the lady has to raise another child when maybe she was done raising her own kids( however poorly). It’s a mess and I’m appalled MTV is putting this garbage out and that people are watching it.

  12. MeriJaan says:

    I watched that video ( it was very painful to watch) and I can tell you that Janelle was full of displaced anger. She brutally attacked and beat that girl to a pulp. As much as that made me very angry, I think it all boils down to the verbal and emotion abuse she suffers from her Mother. Should Janelle be arrested, hell yes, but so should her Mother; for child abuse. Her Mother is pure evil.

  13. Roma says:

    I saw the video last week too and felt sick to my stomach.

    Fights like those seem just so vulgar and low class. I can appreciate a “you’re so ugly” bitch fest but I hate physical violence. I’m so glad she was arrested.

  14. Vixenella says:

    This article referred to Keiffer as a boy…that guy looks a whole lot older than a boy!

  15. lem says:

    the video made me sick too. i could not believe the people standing around cheering her on. knowing that she is making that much money off the show might even make it worse.

  16. CarinC4 says:

    It’s about damn TIME!~!!! I’m kind of surprised that people didn’t get as riled up over her behaviour on the shows like with the Amber and gary situation…just her main attitude…why so angry?

    I just remembered thinking while watching her- “If i acted that way towards my mum at ALL, she wud have slapped all of my teeth out”
    She was SO disrespectful and violent towards her!! Why didn’t the camera crew stop her?

    Is our society really so bad that the media will film anything to get ratings even if it’s so violence? We really have evolved….

  17. mollination says:

    She didn’t have much chance with that piece of work mother of hers. Now the poor son will be the next in line to be a complete wreck. Good on ya, MTv.

  18. CarinC4 says:

    Just saw the video….What the F*ck!

    She just wailed on that girl’s face….

    I think the most distrubing thing was the friend’s chanting “Hit her. hit her. Beat her ass!! Elbow her!!!”

    And the girl that kept pushing Jenelle to fight? Classy broad.

  19. TQB says:

    I don’t mean this in any way to defend her, but technically she signed away custody to her mom – he was not taken away. I mean, good thing, because now he *should* be, but the one responsible thing this girl has ever done was agree that her kid should be in the care of a responsible ADULT.

  20. NayNay says:

    Anybody can become pregnant, which, as it seems, is the only criteria this show cares about. How about having some psychological testing done on these teen moms? Especially, since they seem to have become some sort of hero to young girls that want to follow in their footsteps. If testing was done, most probably, these poor excuses for moms would never have been on this show. Perhaps!! Better screening should have been a priority, especially when babies/children are involved.

  21. Isabel says:

    Can we spay her?

  22. Just Sayin says:

    It’s disgusting that she was in a fight over that douche Keifer. What a tool.

  23. jover says:

    Agree francesca – what’s truly pathetic and laughable is that MTV still – still – thinks its cool hip cutting edge,etc. but it’s making robber baron 19th century capitalists look like saints – this is exploitation for fun, profit and ratings, and that they have not been blasted, especially by libs/progressives, for this exploitation is astonishing. A nationwide boycott of MTV should be started for exploiting these kids.

  24. melinda says:

    I had heard that she and Kieffer had broken up and I was really glad. It was so clear he was using her for pretty much everything, not supportive of her trying to go to school and better her life. He had no intentions of working. He was just serious dead weight and she was wasting her time with him instead of focusing on her child and school. It’s so sad that she would get into this horrible fight over a total loser. I’m really glad this girl filed charges, and I hope that Jenelle can stop and reevaluate what she wants out of life. Does she want to be in and out of jail? Be a dead beat and spend all her time dating dead beats and fighting for them. Ugh. I feel sooo bad for her little guy. He is caught in the middle of constant screaming matches.

  25. Gemm says:

    hey guys…apparently kieffer was arrested according to tmz as well. He had a previous cocaine charge from last year

  26. Circe says:

    @ Anastasia: excellent post.

    I watched the original episode of 16&P and it was one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. Janelle was bitter and spiteful and clearly unhappy. Sure, her behaviour is horrible, she should be punished, and I bet her son is better off outside her custody, but I can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for this girl.

  27. Anastasia says:

    Thank you to the person who pointed out that she signed over custody to her mom. She spent quite a long time trying to figure out what to do, spoke to a lawyer (quickly realized she couldn’t afford to get legal representation), and finally decided fighting her mother over custody wasn’t worth it.

    I think that decision was partially because she never bonded with the child in the first place, so she doesn’t have that “momma bear” feeling of protectiveness and wanting to have her child with her. I think it was also partially because she’s never really been able to bond with that child, due to, again, her mom interfering so much when he was a newborn all the way through the first six months.

    I’m a mom and have a 16 year old daughter. If she were to, God forbid, have a baby at this age, I’d be there for support, BUT I would not take the baby out of her arms and do things MY way. I’d encourage that bond. I’d make her take responsibility for the child. Janelle’s mom yelled at her for going out all night, but Janelle KNEW her mom was going to take care of the baby anyway. Janelle’s mom made it easy for her and then bitched about the situation at the same time.

    So it’s crazy. They’re both bad. I don’t see any winners in any of this, least of all the child. Janelle doesn’t feel motivated or compelled to fix her life, because she certainly wouldn’t be doing it for her child. She doesn’t feel like his mom.

  28. Anastasia says:

    I think it’s gross to suggest “spaying” a young woman like she’s a dog.

    There have been people who have turned their lives around, fixed their mistakes, made better choices, GROWN UP. Who among us can predict with 100% certainty that she won’t do just that? She might not, but then she might. And it’s not up to us to say “you’re never allowed to have another child, even if you grow up and get responsible and fix your life.”

    She’s 18 or 19. I was a fucking idiot at 19, I just didn’t have a child. Thank God no one suggested spaying me.

  29. mommyesq says:

    Janelle’s mom is horrible. I blame her. This kid didn’t stand a chance.

  30. the original bellaluna says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the mothers of our future leaders.

    (MTV should change it’s name to XTV – Xploitation TV.)

  31. Melanie says:

    That girl’s life is dysfunction junction.

  32. The_Porscha says:

    Anastasia, I agree with you. I understand that what Isabel said was likely in jest, but since people of lower socioeconomic status and other minorities actually have a long history of being forcibly sterilized in the U.S., I don’t think that’s something to joke about. She may be a screwup of a “mother” but sterilizing her isn’t the answer. Getting her help, possibly in the form of incarceration, probably is.

  33. Sigh. says:

    Jace is simply being raised by the lesser of two evils. BOTH mom AND gramdmom needs some help/counseling. Think about it, who allowed 19 year-old Janelle to be so become so spoiled, disrespectful, and mean? She didn’t see this coming?

    I did not see the point in accepting custody of Jace, just to let Janelle stay in the home and become MORE of a loose cannon. She went from staying out late to staying out for days at a time. She was getting more and more hostile with her mom, to the point of getting physical in front of her friends on the front lawn. And all along, Janelle’s mom wasn’t teaching Janelle how to take care of her child, she totally removed her from the responsibility because she wasn’t doing it her way, like Anastasia pointed out. How is this better for JACE?

    I stopped watching steadily because it was becoming tedious feeling sorry for the babies as we watch their parents just take more steps back than forth. And with money coming in to stay a mess, why shouldn’t they? Now, I’m done with the show altogether.

  34. kg says:

    her mom is a piece of work though. if youd watch the show you would see how she ended up like this.

  35. Anastasia says:

    Janelle’s mom said in the most recent episode that she can’t pay the $400 or $700 credit card bill Janelle ran up (they dispute which figure is correct) when she stole her Discover card because Janelle’s mom makes just above minimum wage and is trying to survive. Given what we’ve seen on the show of the house and surroundings, I tend to believe that.

    My question is, does the payment for the show go to Janelle or Janelle’s mom? If Janelle’s mom is the custodian of Jace, wouldn’t it go to her or not?

    I’d be curious to know that. I did read that MTV doesn’t pay the participants until the season is wrapped, which is why you don’t see their circumstances change or anything during the show. What we’re seeing is about four months behind in real time–we’re up to about October on the show.

  36. Kayleigh says:

    Anastasia Hit it on the head. Sorta. At her age though, and her situation, she has to realize she is responsible for her own actions. Yeah she acted like a real c word towards her mom, and you could FEEL the tension when they were together, but really both parties are in the wrong. You can’t blame parents for everything but they do have a good influence on kids. And if you raised your daughter to be like this, you shouldn’t be raising your grandson, chances are he’ll turn out quiet the same.

  37. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @Anastasia “She’s 18 or 19. I was a fucking idiot at 19, I just didn’t have a child. Thank God no one suggested spaying me.”

    ITA, I’m now the 30 y/o mother of a 2 1/2 y/o (with another on the way any day now), and motherhood is my first priority. However, at that age I would have been totally unfit.

    As an aside, I CANNOT STAND the “facebook face” (pursed lip pose) this girl is giving in the last photo. That look in general has douche written all over it!

  38. Meghan says:

    Janelle lost any sympathy she had from me (and there wasn’t a lot of sympathy to being with) when she started crying and screaming that her mother was “just trying to ruin my life!!!!” After she had stolen her mom’s credit cards, gone to New Jersey with the boyfriend and spent over $700. All the mom wanted was for Janelle to pay back what she spent. And then she kept saying she could have an apartment and stuff but her evil, awful mother sent back the FINANCIAL AID check to the school. I won’t lie, when I got back a refund on my loan, I kept the extra, but I bought textbooks with it, I didn’t run out and get an apartment. And then she skips work for two or three days and doesn’t even call in, and expects the boss to be okay with it because she’s had “family stuff going on” and he’s like “well, remember at your next job to call and tell them what’s going on. Good luck. Bye.” I don’t dislike Janelle as much as I dislike Amber, but it’s getting close.

  39. Anastasia says:

    I totally agree with you, Kayleigh. Janelle IS an adult and needs to straighten up. I don’t really know who or what is going to be the motivating factor in that, but she does need to fly straight.

    I think the mom/daughter relationship there is so toxic, they need to take a break from each other for quite a while and maybe try to re-boot later or something. Ug. Everytime they talk, it ends in screaming. Every. Single. Time.

    Her mom does seem to try and you can see that she worries about Janelle, but her mom doesn’t seem to have the emotional tools to figure this shit out, either. There’s no side to take with them, they’re both messed up. And then I start wondering about daddy issues, like where is Janelle’s dad? And the father of that baby just completely disappeared off the planet. Ug.

  40. Faye says:

    That video is sickening. Not just the attack, but the cheering and reveling in the violence by the people standing around.

    What is wrong with people? Violence like that makes me sick to my stomach, but they are cheering like they were watching something lovely. I hope none of those people have children.

    I don’t watch the show but I gather from the comments that the mother of this beast is just as bad. That poor baby.

  41. Anastasia says:

    I know I’m posting like a fiend on this thread and maybe no one will be back, but I wondered why Janelle’s mom didn’t report those cards stolen the MOMENT she noticed them gone? When Janelle went in the first gas station to pay, I fully expected it to be declined and reported stolen.

    Maybe her mom didn’t notice until it was too late? I don’t know, but I would have cut that shit off, fast. There wouldn’t be any $700 run up on my cards, because my kid wouldn’t have had the chance to do it.

  42. MissyAggravation says:


  43. melinda says:

    @ Anastasia- It sounded like her mom never used the credit cards. She said one had a zero balance so she probably didn’t know they were gone until the company called to alert her they were being used.

  44. Sparkly says:

    I hate hearing about kids who “love” this awful show. TV should really balance out with a “real moms” show that can show these poor girls what responsible parenting could be like.

    An abuser and a duck-facer? She’s a real peach.

  45. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    I just want to point out that over Thanksgiving (2010) weekend, Jenelle was hospitalized for a 72 hour hold. Because she was mentally unstable.

    She has serious, serious problems. She NEEDS therapy and probably medication…and she needs family therapy with her Mom to work out all that stuff, and if she ever were to get custody back of her son, then I would HOPE that she would also be required to have taken parenting classes.

  46. boo says:

    To me, the girl in the video looks pregnant. Does anyone know if she actually is?

  47. cindy says:

    The police also arrested the girl that was the victim. What for she didn’t start or finish it?

  48. Amanda G says:

    MTV has become the Jerry Springer of TV stations. It’s really disturbing if they pay these abusive teen moms. Amber was the worst though. Totally neglected her child and MTV did nothing.

    What I find most disturbing about that TMZ video is that all her stupid “friends” were cheering her on as she beat this girl to a pulp. Sick.

  49. jc126 says:

    She’s a moron. And seeing the previews for the next 16& Pregnant made me ill. I really at this point think MTV is being really irresponsible keeping this show on the air. I really, seriously think that a few nutty teens are trying to get pregnant to get on this show.
    Janelle is pure trash.

  50. Anastasia says:

    Cindy, she was arrested on unrelated charges. She had an outstanding warrant.

  51. Shannon says:

    I actually feel really bad for Jenelle. Her mother uses Jace as leverage and says unforgivable things to her on a regular basis. They need therapy as a family and Jenelle needs someone to just love her instead of judging her. I have a feeling her behavior problems would go away if she had this. She is nothing like Amber; I don’t think she’s a violent person by nature. She’s just frustrated and feels powerless, and she’s not coping very well with the situation because she has no support.

    I’m not saying she hasn’t done destructive things, but she isn’t a bad person. She’s misguided and could easily be put on the right path if she only had someone there to be her mentor. Her mom is frustrated and doesn’t deal with it well either, so it’s not like she’s the greatest role model in the world concerning coping mechanisms. Even watching the video of her beating that girl up, it’s obvious to me that she’s doing it partially because her “friends” are egging her on. She’s susceptible to peer pressure and bad influences because she craves acceptance and feeling like she belongs.

    • Michelle says:

      I know I’m literally commenting a year later, but I couldn’t have said it any better. I agree with you 100% on what’s going on with Jenelle, particularly because I feel I have the same kind of relationship with my dad. It’s a lot of strife definitely but I just dealt with it all better, I guess. I feel really bad for this girl.

  52. Sue says:

    Her mom may be horrible but at some point in your life you need to take responsibility for yourself and your actions and that point for her should had came when she had her baby, with the money MTV is paying her she could have gotten apartment some were away from her mother so her child would have a better life away from all of the drama that happens between her and her mother. She needs to grow up and stop focusing on boys and focus on bettering herself and being a better mother even if her mom has custody that doesn’t stop her from being a good mom.

  53. JQ says:

    Does anyone else remember when MTV first came on the air and actually showed music videos almost all the time, with just a few TV shows (like Remote Control)??? I miss those days! That was when MTV was cool. Now I am so happy I live in China where they don’t have MTV and I don’t have to watch the world go to hell in a handbasket.

  54. poster 1 says:

    Oh come on that fight was nothing more than a lame cat fight. Even though it may look like it she was not hitting her hard at all.

  55. poster 1 says:

    *duplicate comment removed*

  56. DMarie says:

    I feel sorry for Janelle. She had no chance in this world with the mother she has! I wish that someone could step in and help Janelle, so that she can hopefully escape the life she was destined to have with the mother she was given. I DO NOT think that Janelle should have custody of Jace right now, but “OH MY GOODNESS” neither should Janelle’s mother! Janelle is a product of what her mother raises! HOw is she being allowed to do that to another child?
    I will continue to pray for Janelle, that she starts to grow up and become responsible. She can do it, despite the negative influence of her “HORRIBLE” mother. She really needs to know that she is worthy of all things good, and that she is going to have to work extra hard at breaking the cycle, if not for anyone other than Jace! She also needs to get rid of her loser boyfriend, Keifer! Come on girl, you are going to have to do better than that if you want to make it out of the life you are in right now! He is only going to take you down further than you already are! He is a LOSER, trying to ride on your coat tails to some sort of reality celeb status. Get rid of him, you would be much better off on your own right now. You have too much to worry about without having to worry about that LOSER too! Jace needs to be the number one man in your life right now!
    MTV needs to get Janelle out of the spot light and get her the help and support she needs to make it out of the life she is in. I would rather “HEAR” that she has proven her mother wrong and gotten her kid back, than to continually watch her life unravel just for “good” ratings!
    Janelle, I am praying for you, sweetie. You are a beautiful girl, and you need to know that. I pray that you will start to accept that you can be a wonderful person, you just need to start respecting yourself more! Stay out of the fights, and off the weed, baby girl! I have faith in you! .. Also, from what I have seen on the show, you are NOTHING like Amber!I feel like I need to defend you, because you just seem like a sad little girl, who needs to know how much you are worth. It makes me sad to watch your story unfold on MTV. I always want to hug my daughter and tell her how much I love her after watching your segments. I wish I could do the same for you.

  57. cindy says:

    Thank you Anastasia.

  58. Johnny Depp's Girl says:


  59. Arthur says:

    The fact that this girl is earning a living by acting out, being verbally abusive to others, breaking the law and doing other things that there don’t seem to be any consequences for is disgusting and absolutely appalling. She appears to be a pathological liar in addition to having some of the worst judgment of any 18 or 19 year old girl on the planet. So grateful and blessed that my 5 children have done well, act like decent human beings, are concerned for other people’s welfare, are honest, hard working and would never, ever consider acting the way this Janelle Evans girl does. She needs some serious professional help. Dr. Drew, where are you?

  60. Mary ESPARZA says:

    i think this broad is a sad xcuse for a muther plain n simple. She uses her kid as a excuse to move bk in to her moms pad n she dont do shyt. If she cared so much for her kid she be with him n doing sumthing with herself for him. She can go out her way n do stuff for that scummy dirtbag bum of a boyfriend but not her own son. Pathetic. N to add to the crap she beats up on anothe chick for supposely flirting hahah she a jokeee. She well on her way to being what she called her man “a coke head” herself hahhaha she a wiennie she bails out caue she cant face real women who can put her ass straight. Everyone say she beat down on tht girl it just look like she took advantage of sumone who couldnt defend themselves.. Let her go at sumone who can get down let her get a taste of her own medicineeee lt tht pendeja sit in jail forget the bail..

  61. oledurt says:

    Karma is a bitch…I think Janelle Evans is going to end up in a place where her ass is going to get beat like this on a daily basis…Prison. Sad thing is she will only become a better criminal. She will probably pump out a few more kids, and become a welfare mom. by the way MTV loves this shit. More ratings for them as we all watch yet another person on their way to the gutter.