Jenelle Evans had her day in court on Wednesday to try to hold on to custody of her oldest son Jace— but the fired Teen Mom 2 star had to do it without her ever-present husband David Eason!
The Ashley can exclusively reveal that David was removed from the courtroom on Wednesday after he showed up to the hearing where Jenelle and her mother Barbara Evans were battling legal rights to Jace.
As The Ashley previously told you, a judge ultimately signed Jace into the care of Barbara, although he is currently officially in the custody of CPS. Jenelle was stripped of her custody of Jace and is no longer allowed to see or speak to him unless the contact is initiated by Jace himself.
David is also banned from having any contact with the 14-year-old.
According to a courthouse source, Jenelle and Barbara (as well as Jace) were with CPS all morning, with their court hearing taking place in the afternoon.
“The people at court were shocked when David walked in,” the courthouse source tells The Ashley. “The Easons are very well known around here, obviously, and [we] couldn’t believe it when he showed up, considering what’s going on right now.”
The source tells The Ashley that David was promptly booted from the courtroom.
“David can’t be around Jace whatsoever, plus there is an open investigation on him right now for Jace [stating that David allegedly assaulted him last month],” the source said. “They removed him ASAP.”
Speaking of the investigation, the source tells The Ashley that the detective who was assigned to the case when Jace was admitted into the hospital last month was at court on Wednesday.
“Because Jace told [the court] about the [alleged] assault on him by David, as well as other [alleged] abuse of the other kids, the detective was asking for documentation and other items,” a second source tells The Ashley. “The investigation [into the alleged assault on Jace and other alleged abuse] is ongoing and is ramping up.”
The court source states Jenelle was informed during the hearing that, because she and David allegedly didn’t cooperate with CPS/DSS the first times they tried to come to The Land, a judge has ruled that her two youngest kids, Kaiser and Ensley, will be interviewed by authorities without Jenelle or David present, something the Easons had previously not allowed.
“It was said in court that the first time CPS came, they didn’t let them in. The second time [they came] David thought they were trespassers and threatened to shoot them and the third time, they came in but Jenelle only allowed the kids to be interviewed while she was present,” the source said. “The kids will now be interviewed away from Jenelle.”
As The Ashley previously reported, Jace does not want to see or speak to his mother.
In fact, according to the court source, Jace asked the judge if he could testify in a room because he didn’t want to testify in the same room as Jenelle. (It is unknown if the judge allowed Jace to testify elsewhere or if the teen was required to do so in the courtroom.)
Jace was ultimately placed in the care of Barbara, although he officially remains in CPS custody. Another hearing will take place later this month so that the judge can check in on how Jace is doing with Barb.
As of press time, Jenelle and David have remained silent on losing custody of Jace. On Thursday, though, Jenelle posted several photos to Instagram of her and David toasting over lunch.
She also bragged that David hasn’t had alcohol in seven days because he “just don’t feel like drinking it anymore.”
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