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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The MTV show “Teen Mom 2” has many folks in Brunswick County talking and others afraid to. Jenelle Evans, 19, of Oak Island is one of the teen moms on the show. This week, viewers got to see a softer side of her.

This week, viewers saw the teen hit hard with the reality of a child custody battle. Jenelle’s mom Barbara said it’s no joke that she wants custody of Jenelle’s baby Jace, and she won’t stop until she gets it. During one encounter with her daughter, Barbara told Jenelle she needed to get a lawyer.

“I know how to get one,” Jenelle said. “I call them up and hire them. That’s all.”

Jenelle figured out it’s not that easy, and she found herself in over her head, even confessing to Southport lawyer Gina Cecil she sometimes smokes marijuana.

“I don’t drink,” Jenelle told the attorney during a consultation. “I’ve not touched any drugs in my life except marijuana, but i mean i don’t do it that much. OK?”

By the end of the episode, Jenelle asks her mom if she can move back home with her and the baby. Her mom lets her come back, but makes Jenelle promise to help with the baby.

Kim Pitts, a resident of Oak Osland, said Jenelle’s mother is just making things worse.

“The parents of these children taking care of their babies. it very much enables them to do what they wanna do,” Pitts said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Another Oak Island resident, Felicia Maziarz, agreed. She said it’s the parent’s responsibility to talk to their kids in the first place.

“I somewhat can put a blame on the parents not talking about it to their children before they actually go out and do it,” she said.

After seeing Jenelle threaten her mother on last week’s episode, many Oak Island residents we spoke with did not want to talk about the show because they are afraid of what the teen mom might do.

It seems on this episode Jenelle may finally be getting her act together due to a big dose of reality, but will it last? From recent reports of the MTV reality star getting busted with weed, it seems Jenelle’s is still struggling to get on track. We’ll keep a close eye on it and let you know next week.

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  • anne

    For those of you who watch the reality shows – just how real are they? Think about it – there are cameras on these people. Wouldn’t you think that alot of the stuff that goes on is for the camera? Would it really go on without people watching? No. They have to sell a product to get people to watch them. If they didn’t have all this stuff going on, who would really care? It is TV folks – not real. I don’t care how you advertise it.

    The girl needs a reality check in her life. She needs to forget the show and grow up. Teen moms are becoming an epidemic today.Pre-marital sex is rampant and there is no thought of what might happend. Why – because Hollywood and society glamorize it. Having a child is real – it is a 24/7 event and the baby is not a toy to be put aside when it becomes too hard to deal with. We as a society need to put a stop to it. Moderate what your children watch, hear or are involved in. Let them know that it is not acceptable behavior. Turn off the reality shows and tune into reality.

  • teenmommustend

    Janelle is a stupid girl, just like a good majority of the girls. i’ve done the parent gig, even if i was up till 4 in the morning i was up at 7 am regardless for my child. my focus was 120% my child. breakfast, bottle, diaper change, it can suck at times, but that childs smile was worth more than life itself…. you know what? i’ll just say it like this… girls like janelle here are an insult to parents, and to teen moms and teen dads that have common sense. janelle threw her life away and that temporary custody she gave to her mom was the most dumbest mistake ever. Now that corey and leah? had it together…. until the teen came out in leah and she decided to leave corey because she thought he had cheated on him. but she was the one cheating!! and these people get a tv show?????

  • Heather Taylor

    I dont think Jenelles that bad. Yeah, she needs to grow up but what teen doesnt, myself included. To her credit, she is trying. I think her mom is half her problem. Neither of them is the best. I really do hope Jenelle grows up and gets Jace back. I think she will be just fine. Everyone takes time to grow up. Some faster than others. Give her time. Im rooting for you Jenelle.

  • A Mother

    I do not understand why most of you think it’s ok for Janelle to go out at night when the baby is in bed. Even though Jace is asleep someone has to be there and care for him if he were to awaken or in case of an emergency. I watched how Janelle went out all night and didn’t get up with Jace in the morning. Her mother was with Jace all night every night Janelle went out. Her mother is the one that got Jace up, changed, fed, and took him to daycare. What would happen if her mother wasn’t there to care for Jace when she went out? Would she leave him home alone? Janelle made the comment about how she likes the free time she has afterschool when Jace is in daycare. I would take the same actions the Janelle’s mother is if I were in her position. Janelle has proved over and over she is not responsible enough to care for Jace. The issue over what clothes to put Jace in…Janelle didn’t properly dress Jace for bed. Barbara changed Jace into something warmer…HELLO PEOPLE….an improperly dressed child can become very ill. Janelle took off and left Jace with her mother. How many days went by before she went to see Jace? A week? I agree Janelle should not be allowed to take Jace anywhere as she has repeatedly shown that she is not responseable enough to make the right decisions where Jace’s welfare is concerned. What did she want to do…take him to the fireworks at what time at night? She admits to smoking weed. Is it possible that she smokes weed and drives with Jace in the car? Janelle reminds me of my older sister. My sister had her first child (one of six) at the age of 17. When she didn’t have someone to watch her baby she would take off and leave the baby alone. I can’t remember how many times my mother was called by her neighbours in the middle of the night because the baby was screaming for hours and realizing the baby was left alone.
    Barbara has said numerous times “Janelle stay home and take care of your child”. How does Janelle respond to that? That she wants to go out and have fun with her friends. As a parent your first priority is your child and that means you stay home with that child. Janelle finally gets a job and a paycheck and where did the money go? She spent most of it on herself.What about diapers or formula for Jace? Oh yeah…Barbara provides all of that. Janelle decided to have sex and got pregnant and kept the baby. She no longer has the carefree life her friends have which is what she wants. The only postive action Janelle has made since the birth of Jace was to give her mother custody. Child protective services would have taken Jace from Janelle a long time ago if it wasn’t for Barbara.
    Janelle continues to prove she is unfit to be a parent. I pray she wakes up and gets herself together before she ends up having another child or three. Our foster system is full of children from mothers just like Janelle do we need her to add to it?

  • Guest

    We all do not live with them 24/7 but the show does make it seem like Barbara is completly controlling and even before custody was signed over she didnt give Jenelle the chance to try to be a mom. Examples not letting her dress Jace with/out finding fault repeatedly taking him right out of Jenelle’s hand as if she is not capable of feeding, changing a diaper or putting him to bed all of which Im sure she can handle. Like I said Im not sure how much of that was just to make for a tv show but then not allowing her to be alone with the baby to go to the grocery store or even to see fireworks. Barbara you need to suppport your child that you had and teach her and give her half a chance to raise her child yes she will make mistakes and not be perfect no first time parent is but you put her in a position where she had no choice but to sign over custody atleast give her a chance to try to better herself and be his mom.

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