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    >>> up.

    >>> let's begin with a harsh reality for a young woman featured on a hit reality show .

    >> reporter: amber portwood is on mtv 's "teen mom." she now faces felony charges in a story line that was not expected to be part of the show.

    >> amber --

    >> i swear to god, i wish i was bigger than you, would whip your --

    >> reporter: the episode seen by millions last september showed portwood slapping, kicking and cursing at her ex-fiance as their 2-month-old daughter looked on. when the scene aired on tv, the police department in anderson, indiana was flooded from calls from outraged viewers. police opened a criminal investigation and on monday, the madison county prosecutor's office charged the 20-year-old with two counts of domestic battery, one felony count of neglect of a dependent and one count of domestic battery.

    >> this is a decision she didn't really have control over, so we're going to do our best to respond and keep our family together.

    >> reporter: portwood appeared on an mtv reality show .

    >> were you blacked out?

    >> i don't remember it being like that. i feel like i hit him one time.

    >> amber, do you wish you hadn't done the show?

    >> reporter: late tuesday portwood posted $5,000 bail and with orders to stay away from her daughter and her ex-.

    >> most important to give some measure of comfort and safety to her child .

    >> for her part, amber portwood maintains her innocence. she faces up to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted. and we reached out to mtv , they said we have no comment on portwood 's arrest.

    >> gail salt is a psychiatrist and a "today" show contributor, wendy murphy is a former prosecutor. five months for these charges to be brought.

    >> certainly the defense is going the raise it at a minimum with a jury if it ever gets to that point. why if it was all about this child what took so long? i think ultimately it will be a tough issue to make much of as a defense tactic. but i think it's an important question for the prosecutor to answer, what took so long?

    >> in the meantime, you have got exhibit a playing over and over again right here and you have the public that stepped forward and made the calls. how does the public play a role in this and does that help or hurt the prosecution?

    >> again, a really good question. prosecutors should not be making decisions to bring these kinds of serious charges based on how many e-mails they get. that's not the way the justice system works. on the other hand, lester, i think it's a terrific thing that these charges are being brought in part because i'm worried that reality television is making entertainment in terms of violence something we should be excited about. i hope that this puts the brakes on the idea that violence should be entertaining.

    >> that's a good point to bring gail in here, you say reality television , there's a performance art that comes with so called reality television . how does that play, gail ?

    >> i think it's very concerning. it's desensitizing all of us to what behavior is acceptable. even if it's not illegal, it's immoral. we can only speak with our television sets be so far we have been speaking we want to see this kind of thing and that's a bad message for adults and children. i would hope this would raise the awareness of domestic violence in terms of men. i think this is very much in the closet that there are women who hit men and men don't want to talk about it.

    >> the guy is less likely to call 911 and call the police.

    >> there aren't shelters for men, there aren't systems for men because this is kept under covers. because this absolutely happens, it absolutely robs a man of self-esteem. women have killed men in domestic violence .

    >> you mentioned children watching, when there's a child in the room, amber's 2-year-old. at that age, could she be affected by it?

    >> absolutely. even preverbally. kids have memories, incorporate them. i would be very concerned about this child because of the fact that the children who see domestic violence are much more likely to become victims or much more likely to become perpetrators of it and i think she would be at great risk with a mother this volatile and this potentially violent.

    >> she's been ordered to stay away from her ex and her dare.

    >> you don't have to be charged with a crime for things like neglect and exposing your child to your own form of violence. i don't see that happening, lester. she doesn't have a record. she's a young mom. but she should take a lesson here, she thought she was winning ratings for this television show and now she may well land in jail.

    >> and i have got to ask you, it was a television show , there were cameras rolling, there were producers in the room is there any culpability that those who witnessed this firsthand might be in?

    >> technically the answer is yes. i don't expect charges, but under indiana law unlike most states, a person not just a care giver, any person who witnesses the neglect of a child is mandated to report and as far as we know no one at the television show reported or reportedly cared about the well-being of the child or the child 's father.

    >> we'll have to end right

updated 2/16/2011 8:34:51 PM ET 2011-02-17T01:34:51

Teen Mom trainwreck Amber Portwood is about to get a little bit of joy in her otherwise drama-filled life--she gets to reunite with her 2-year-old toddler as soon as today.

A lawyer for the 20-year-old reality mom says daughter Leah will be placed back with Portwood, just one day after her release from an Indiana jail on domestic abuse charges.

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"I think that Leah is doing well. My understanding, based on conversations yesterday, is that she should be back with her mom some time today. All reports are that she's doing a nice job with her," Portwood attorney Robert Schembs told CBS' The Early Show this morning, adding that Portwood is "completely able" to take care of her daughter.

Per standard procedure, a protective order had been in place barring the troubled reality star from contact with her baby once felony counts were filed and she was arrested. The order prevented her from having contact with Leah or the target of her ire, estranged baby daddy Gary Shirley.

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While Schembs insists that Leah will be allowed to see her mom, the attorney says that she won't be hanging with her ex-fiance anytime soon, despite the two being on "good terms."

Schembs also says that Portwood is taking the charges "very seriously" and says she could be facing "a lot of time" behind bars.

"She's actually doing pretty well. She's disturbed by all of this, greatly. She's probably in shock to some extent, but she's staying strong and she's really trying," he said.

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Although the lawyer wouldn't go into depth on his defense strategy for the upcoming criminal case, he did agree that his team would explore the possibility that the confrontation between Portwood and Shirley was amped-up "theater" for the MTV cameras.

Or as Portwood's brother, Shawn, more bluntly told E! News, "It's all bull." (Shawn also claims that Shirley is opposed to the stay-away order and wants it lifted altogether.)

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The young mom was released from an Indiana jail Tuesday after spending 24 hours behind bars on domestic violence charges stemming from an on-camera brawl with Shirley that unfolded in front of Leah. She is facing three felony charges--two counts of domestic battery and one count of neglect of a dependent, along with one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

The MTV star was investigated after police in her town of Anderson were flooded with complaints after an episode of the show aired in September showing her punching and kicking Shirley.

MTV, for its part, has so far refused to comment. If convicted on all the charges, she could face three years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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