Former reality star Jenelle Evans and her husband David Eason have reportedly lost custody temporarily of their three children, TMZ reports. The custody hearing came after Eason allegedly shot and killed Evans's French bulldog, Nugget after Eason claimed he nipped at their two-year-old daughter Ensley.
The couple headed to court on Tuesday where they discovered after four days of testimony they would not regain custody of their children because the "judge decided there were serious issues with Jenelle and David that put the children at risk," according to TMZ. Child Protective Services had previously removed Evans's 4-year-old son Kaiser from the home and placed him with his father, Nathan Griffith, while Ensley was placed with Evans's mother, Barbara who also has custody of Jenelle's 9-year-old son Jace.
Barbara Evans spoke to E! News and stated that she was hopeful her daughter would regain custody of her children. “Of course I would like for Jenelle to get them all back eventually, but certain things have to happen first,” she stated. Eason's daughter Maryssa, who was living with Evans and Eason, is currently staying with her mother, Whitney Johnson, E! confirmed.
While neither Evans nor Eason has publicly commented on the ruling, a spokesperson released a statement to PEOPLE about the case. “At this time we are cooperating with the judge and legal team from court,” Evans' rep said. “We have no comment at this time and appreciate the concerns regarding our client and her children. We will continue to cooperate with the court and their decisions.”
A source told TMZ that both Evans and Eason would be required to complete parenting classes, counseling, and weekly drug testing if they hoped to regain custody of their children with another source claiming Jenelle was "stunned" to be denied custody.
Eason had posted a now-deleted video on Instagram that showed the French bulldog nipping at his daughter after the allegations that he shot the dog began to surface. “I dont give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face… whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I dont put up with that s— at all,” he wrote in the caption. “I’m all about protecting my family, it is my lifes mission. Some people are worth killing or dying for and my family means that much to me. You can hate me all you want but this isnt the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively. The only person that can judge wether or not a animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.”
The outrage was swift. Eason is currently being investigated for cruelty to animals after the incident, and MTV wasted no time in responding to public outrage by firing Evans' from their hit show, Teen Mom 2.
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