Jen Harley will not face domestic violence charges

By Michele Corriston
July 04, 2018 11:15 AM

It’s daddy-daughter GTL time!

Jersey Shore star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro brought his 3-month-old daughter Ariana Sky to New Jersey for the Fourth of July, where she’ll meet his MTV family for the first time as the cast films season 2 of their reality show’s revival.

“Someone’s excited to go to #Jersey #ChaCha #ChaChaCha #FistPumpinLikeChamps,” Ortiz-Magro, 32, wrote on his Instagram Story alongside photos of his baby girl at the Las Vegas airport Tuesday night.

It’s not baby Ariana’s first time at the beach, though; he brought her to the sands of Santa Monica in June.

The trip east comes as the Clark County District Attorney’s Office confirmed there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute Ariana’s mom, Jen Harley, following an incident in which it was alleged she briefly dragged Ortiz-Magro with her car.

Credit: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro/Instagram
Credit: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro/Instagram

A source told PEOPLE that on June 24, the exes were at a barbecue with friends and got into a “verbal fight.” On the drive home, “the fight escalated” and Harley “was pummeling his face,” said the source.

“He was screaming for her to stop the car as she was driving,” the source said. “She hit the median and got a flat tire which caused her to slow down. He begged to get out and opened the door but she continued to pull away while he was getting out and it tore up his entire arm. It’s a mess from road rash and from being dragged along the street as he was caught in the belt.”

A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that a suspicious vehicle call came in at about 10:22 p.m. A patrol unit was dispatched to the intersection and determined that a male and a female were in a struggle over a vehicle. Callers reported that the male was bleeding and the car had two flat tires.

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Officers determined that Ortiz-Magro had gotten out of the vehicle and Harley had driven away as he was holding onto the vehicle, dragging him briefly, according to the spokesperson. She was determined to be the primary aggressor and arrested on one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.

Ortiz-Magro had apparent minor injuries to the mouth and arm as well as road rash. He was not transported to the hospital.

Harley, 31, was charged with domestic battery. She was released from the Clark County Detention Center the following day after posting the $3,000 bail.

According to the spokesperson, “the child was picked up by a family friend before officers arrived on the scene.”

Ortiz-Magro was not filming Jersey Shore Family Vacation when the incident occurred and MTV had no comment when reached by PEOPLE. A rep for Ortiz-Magro also had no comment; Harley was unable to be reached.

PEOPLE’s source said Ortiz-Magro had been “trying his best” to make things work with Harley for the sake of their daughter. “If the kid wasn’t involved, it would be over,” the source said. “He’s constantly trying to make it work for the sake of his daughter. But we’re hopeful this is the final straw and he doesn’t put himself and his daughter back in danger.”

Season 2 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation premieres in August on MTV.