The reality TV star will be behind bars for 24 hours on domestic battery charges

By Lesley Messer
December 27, 2010 08:00 PM
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Just a few hours after criminal charges were filed against Teen Mom star Amber Portwood stemming from a physical altercation with her ex-fiancé Gary Shirley, the reality TV star was put behind bars.

“Domestic battery has an automatic 24 hold,” an officer at the Madison County jail in Anderson, Ind., where Portwood is being held told PEOPLE. “Even if someone pays your bond, you still have to wait 24 hours to be released.”

Earlier on Monday, Portwood was charged by the Madison County prosecutor with three felonies, including two counts of domestic battery and one count of neglect of a dependent. She was also charged with one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. She was booked at 4:21 p.m. and bail was set at $5,000.

In September, the reality star expressed concern that one day her daughter Leah, 2, would see the footage of her slapping Shirley.

“I don’t want her to see that and think that it’s okay,” Portwood said at the time, noting that she and Shirley had vowed never to have another physical altercation. “We made that decision because of Leah.”