TEEN Mom Jenelle Evans had her custody battle with mom Barbara sealed after she revealed her son Jace’s “out of control” behavior in court documents.
A North Carolina court clerk exclusively revealed to The Sun that Jenelle, 29, and her mom Barbara’s custody case over Jace, 11, has been sealed, meaning all filings and upcoming court hearings are not public record and could only be accessed by parties involved in the case.
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The Sun previously reported that the Teen Mom 2 star filed for sole custody of her troubled son Jace and in an emergency request on January 28, 2021.
Barbara currently has primary physical and legal custody of Jace, as Jenelle has visitation with him every other weekend, after she signed over custody of her son to her mother in June 2010.
According to the custody filing, Jenelle claimed there has been a “substantial change in circumstances affecting the welfare of the minor child” that warrants a change in the custody agreement.
The former Teen Mom 2 star claimed Jace is “at risk of bodily injury” in the care of his grandmother, which is why she is filing for emergency custody.
Jenelle alleged Jace has had “increasingly worse behavior problems that cause him to be physically aggressive, out of control and unsafe.”
The YouTuber claimed Barbara told her she “cannot control the minor child’s behaviors.”
Barbara was instructed by his health care provider “multiple times” to call a crisis hotline or go to the Emergency Department if Jace’s “aggression escalates,” Jenelle alleged in the filing.
Jenelle noted an alleged December 19, 2020 incident where Jace and Barbara “argued throughout the day.”
The court papers claimed: “The minor child physically assaulted [Barbara] twice causing injury to [Barbara.] The minor child also burned the carpet because he was angry with [Barbara].
“The minor child has a history of starting fires in the home of [Barbara].”
Jenelle claimed her mother “did not contact the crisis line or seek any treatment or professional help for the minor child during this incident.”
The former MTV star alleged Barbara reached out to Jenelle for help with Jace.
Jenelle claimed that on December 20, 2020, she picked up Jace to bring him to live with her primarily at the consent of Barbara.
She said her son stayed with her until January 18, 2021, when Barbara allegedly backed out on their new custody agreement for Jace to live with her full time and demanded he be returned to her home.
Jenelle, who is also mom to Kaiser, 6, with ex-fiance Nathan Griffith and Ensley, 4, with husband David Eason, said Jace’s behavior “improves substantially” in her care and that they “do not struggle with conflict or aggression.”
The filing continued: “[Barbara] cannot manage the minor child’s behavior without assistance from [Jenelle] and the conflict in [Barbara’s home] has resulted in domestic violence between [Barbara] and [Jace].
“It is not safe or healthy for the minor child to remain in the custody of [Barbara] as [Barbara] is not properly treating the minor child’s mental health or managing his behaviors.”
Jenelle said she is “fit and proper” to have sole legal and physical custody of Jace, while Barbara is “not fit and proper to have the care, custody and control of [Jace] due to her lack of ability to properly care for the child and ensure he has a safe home environment.”
She asked for any visitation between Barbara and Jace to be “therapeutic in nature until they are able to appropriately manage the conflict in their relationship.”
Jenelle requested the court issue an emergency custody order for Jace to be transferred to her care “immediately.”
Barbara responded by requesting Columbus County Department of Social Services provide her attorney with documents, including medical records and psychological evaluations, for review.
All court hearings following the filing were postponed.
Only one week before the motion for custody filing, Jenelle revealed she regained custody of Jace.
She said in a TikTok video: “I have custody of Jace. He lives with me now full-time. My kids are happy, they’re healthy.”
But Barbara denied Jenelle’s claims that she has full custody in an interview.
Jenelle then posted a YouTube video firing back at her mom.
She claimed: “Jace was with me the past week because of his behavior. It was really bad… My mom couldn’t handle it. His behavior was horrible. The things he was doing was horrible. That’s all we’re saying about that.
“My mom couldn’t handle it… He wouldn’t do his school work. I’m the only one who could make him do his school work.
“'Next time you act up you’re coming to my house, you’re going to be living here' and my mom agreed. She said, 'I can’t do this anymore.' Things are getting really bad. He’s cussing a lot. I don’t know where he gets it from because he’s definitely not getting it from my house.”
Jenelle said he had been with her for one to two weeks and was doing his school work.
“My mom and Jace are not safe around each other. I’m sick and tired of everyone trying to make me look like the idiot when I am telling the complete truth.”
She then said it is “time to get lawyers involved.”
Though Jenelle is on the outs with her mother, she continues to have weekend visitation with Jace.
Jenelle also revealed her son Kaiser has experienced behavioral struggles in her YouTube series Addicted to Growth.
She said: "Kaiser had a really hard time at school in North Carolina. He was in his first school and got kicked out.
"In the second school, he basically got kicked out, wouldn't behave. And when we got to Tennessee, he started school again.
"Luckily, he got to picked up by the bus and brought to school, I just had to bring him to the apartment complex but he was bad in the bus and when he got to school, he was bad in school and things weren't going that great and they would call me every other day to come pick him up.”
Kaiser graduated from Kindergarten this week after repeating the grade.
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