The events on Teen Mom are frequently troubling, but today things took a particularly tragic turn when Amber Portwood reportedly attempted to commit suicide. According to the police report, a caller said Amber “was depressed and threatening to end her life. The victim, who did not appear to be injured, was transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation.” A source says that the call was placed by Gary Shirley’s mother, and that EMTs found her semi-conscious will a rope loosely knotted around her neck.
A source said Portwood, the mother of two-year-old tot Leah, was found just after noon on Tuesday. The source said Portwood later admitted to hospital staffers she had taken a cocktail of pills.
Portwood’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Gary Shirley became concerned about Portwood’s state of mind after having a phone conversation with her, the source told Star.
He sent his mom to check on her.
After being let into her home, according to the source, Portwood was discovered unconscious on a couch.
“It’s believed she may have taken an overdose of some kind of pill,” the source revealed. “She also may have tried to tie a piece of rope or string around her neck.
Amber’s brother, Shawn Portwood, says, “Amber told us she had a panic attack last night after Gary began calling her names, telling her he was going to take Leah away from her … He’s verbally abusive to her. Our whole family thinks he’s the reason behind all of Amber’s problems.” Shawn says no one called Amber’s family when she was taken to the hospital, and suggests that Gary may have tipped the tabloids because he’s still trying to win custody.
At risk of overstating the obvious, if she seriously wanted to die she’d let Gary be on top for once.
But MTV, now it’s time to get that child of hers into a stable adoptive family. I’m not one to firmly believe that having dysfunctional parents automatically makes one a dysfunctional person, but I can’t help but imagine poor Leah on year 2024′s season of Teen Mom. Oh wait, that just means a future star to line the MTV CEO’s pocket with gold. Carry on then.