Amber Portwood is currently sitting in an Indiana prison where she’s serving a five-year sentence which was given to her after she refused treatment for her drug problem. Amber left behind her 3-year-old daughter who is now being raised full-time by her ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley.
Gary had a tough time trying to figure out how to handle what happened in the best way for Leah, and as he recently revealed, he decided not to tell her. “I haven’t been able to say to her, that her ‘Mommy’s in jail,’” Gary explains. “When I tried to tell her, ‘Mommy’s in trouble,’ she got upset. So, I’ve said, ‘Mommy’s at work,’ or ‘Mommy’s on vacation.’”
According to Gary, Leah tells Amber, “‘I miss you. When can I see you?’” Shirley revealed in an interview with In Touch Weekly. “She actually said, ‘Can I come over to your house?’ I don’t really think Leah understands at all.”
At 3 years old, Leah can’t truly understand what has happened to her mommy or why, so perhaps it is best that Gary hasn’t told her that her mommy went to jail. As long as Leah knows that her mommy still loves her and still wants to see her that is all that matters.
Gary is raising his daughter the best way he knows how and while he’ll surely make some mistakes along the way, no one is perfect, and he shouldn’t be criticised.