'Teen Mom 2' Star Jenelle Evans: A Timeline of Her Ups and Downs

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It's been a very hectic few months for Jenelle Evans.

After claiming her husband, David Eason, shot the family's dog, the reality star was subsequently terminated from her role on MTV's Teen Mom 2, and she temporarily lost custody of her children, who were taken by Child Protective Services in May.

In early July, her children were returned to her, but she faced additional controversy when police accused her and her husband of fabricating their story about the execution of their dog for publicity.  Their decision to then adopt more dogs was met with additional backlash from the public.

In the wake of this latest string of high-profile incidents pitting her against the law and the collective outrage of the internet, ET is looking back at Jenelle's tumultuous past including a slate of on-screen scandals and off-screen arrests.

February 2010 -- 16 and Pregnant Premieres

Jenelle made her TV debut during the first episode of the second season of MTV's 16 and Pregnant. She was expecting her first son with then-boyfriend Andrew Lewis. The episode showed Jenelle giving birth to Jace in August 2009, and her breakup from Lewis after he was arrested.

Jenelle continued to party after giving birth, and relied heavily on her mother, Barbara, to take care of her son. In 2010, she even signed over temporary custody of Jace over to her mom.

October 2010 -- First Arrest

Jenelle and her then-boyfriend, Kieffer Delp, were arrested for allegedly breaking into a neighbor's home, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The reality star later pleaded guilty to the second charge and was sentenced to 12 months' probation, which also required her to submit to drug tests on a monthly basis.

March 2011 -- Catfight Caught on Camera

Despite her tumultuous relationship with Delp -- whom she'd already broken up with and gotten back together with following their arrest -- he was apparently important enough to her that when she thought her former best friend, Brittany Truett, had flirted with him, she punched her in the face.

The fight between Jenelle and Brittany was caught on camera, and footage made the rounds on the internet, sparking an investigation by the DA's office, which led to her going to jail. After making bond, Jenelle checked herself into rehab.

August 2011 -- Probation Violation

Jenelle was arrested once again, this time for not abiding by the terms of her probation stemming from her October 2010 arrest, after reportedly testing positive for marijuana and opioids.

January 2012 -- Tempers Flare

Jenelle's temper once again seemed to get the better of her when she was arrested for "communicating threats" and making "harassing phone calls" to her ex-roommate and former friend, Hannah Inman, over a dispute about rent money. She posted her own $1,000 bail to get out of jail.

January 2012 -- Tempers Flare (Again)

Less than a week later, she was arrested again for allegedly violating Hannah's domestic protection order. The former roommate claimed that Jenelle called her, in violation of the order, and Hannah contacted the police in response. Jenelle's attorney denied that the reality star had done so.

March 2012 -- Cyberstalker

Jenelle went nearly two months without getting arrested before her former boss accused her of cyberstalking. Jenelle turned herself in, according to her lawyer, and allegedly spent less than an hour in jail before being released.

May 2012 -- She Said Yes!

Amid her tumultuous relationship with former boyfriend Gary Head, Jenelle accepted his proposal. The engagement, however, was called off two weeks later when she accused Gary of stealing a necklace from her.

June 2012 -- Double Arrests

Tensions between Jenelle and Gary came to a violent head when he hit her during an argument, and she called the police on him. Gary was arrested on charges of domestic violence to which he later pleaded guilty. However, police also arrested Jenelle on charges of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance. In August, all charges were dropped against her.

September 2012 - April 2013 -- Courtland Rogers Romance

Jenelle sparked a relationship with Courtland Rogers, another single parent whom she'd known for some time. Their romance escalated quickly, with the couple getting engaged in November, and married in December. By January, the two had a domestic dispute and split up.

Jenelle reconnected with Gary for a brief time before dumping him yet again and re-entering rehab in February. After a month of treatment, Jenelle left and rekindled her relationship with her estranged husband.

April 2013 -- Wedding Bliss is Over

Once again, Jenelle and Courtland got into a physical altercation, which led to them both getting arrested by police. The pair were arrested on suspicion of heroin possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of illegal Percocet and assault. Jenelle was later bailed out after being placed on two separate $10,000 bonds. Courtland remained in jail for violating probation from a previous criminal sentencing.

June 2013 -- Tinder Match

Following her dramatic relationship with Courtland, during which Jenelle suffered a miscarriage and vowed to never speak with him again, she found comfort in the arms of a male model named Nathan Griffith, whom she met on Tinder. 

August 2013 -- Flunking the Drug Test

Jenelle was arrested once more, this time for failing a random, court-ordered drug test. The Teen Mom 2 star tested positive for marijuana.

December 2013 -- Breaching the Peace

Following news that Jenelle and Nathan were expecting a child together, Jenelle was placed in custody yet again after the expectant parents got into a loud dispute, and police were called. The reality star was charged with "breach of peace," and was taken out of her home in handcuffs. This marked Jenelle's 10th arrest in less than three years. She was released on bond.

June 2014 -- Baby No. 2!

Jenelle and Nathan welcomed their son, Kaiser. Nathan later popped the question the following January, but their engagement was short lived. The couple decided to break up due to their near-constant arguing and fighting.

February 2015 -- Busted Behind the Wheel

One of Jenelle's more minor arrests came early in 2015, when she was pulled over by the South Carolina Highway Patrol for driving without a license. 

May 2015 -- Domestic Violence Charges

Her frequent arguments with Nathan, even after their split, culminated with Jenelle getting arrested on a charge of first-degree criminal domestic violence after a physical altercation with Nathan. She turned herself over to police, and her ex-fiance later dropped all charges.

August 2015 -- Still Fighting Over Her Ex

Echoing her fight with her former friend back in 2011, Jenelle was arrested on assault charges when she allegedly hurled a glass at Nathan's new girlfriend, Jessica Henry, when she came with him to pick up some of his things from the home he shared with Jenelle in South Carolina. Jenelle spent the night in jail.

September 2015 -- Dating David

Jenelle struck up a relationship with David Eason after connecting on Tinder. David, a father of two himself, did not get along with Jenelle's mom, according to reports at the time. 

August 2016 -- Baby No. 3!

After months of speculation and potential confirmations, Teen Mom 2 star took to Instagram to officially share the news of her third pregnancy with her fans. “Time to introduce the world to our baby girl soon, Ensley Jolie Eason,” Evans wrote. “She will be arriving Jan. 28th. We couldn’t be any happier!

The couple welcomed their little girl on Jan. 24, 2017, and went on to get engaged the following month, and tying the knot in September.

February 2018 -- Assault Rifle Outrage

Jenelle faced a lot of heat after David shared a video of her firing an AR-15 assault rifle hours after the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Jenelle later stated in the comments to the post: "We didn’t know it happened until the picture was posted and people commented on the pic. I am deeply sorry for those who went through that incident." The post was later removed.

February 2018 -- Jenelle Reveals Child Protective Services Visit

During an interview with Vince Russo’s The Brand podcast, Jenelle admitted that she tested positive for THC (a chemical found in marijuana) after giving birth to Ensley. 

"I tested positive for THC, and Ensley did not test positive. I did," she says. "So [Child Protective Services] were like, 'Did you smoke when you were pregnant?' I said, 'I did within the past 30 days. I have really bad esophageal spasms and I throw up every five minutes, I can't even eat.' And they said, 'OK, some moms do that. We are not here to judge, we are writing down your information.'"

Child Protective Services then informed her that they would conduct wellness checks after she and David brought Ensley home from the hospital. Jenelle says that, while the checks led to the case being closed, the agency has visited her home “like 30 times” as a result of web rumors about her parenting.

February 2018 -- David Gets the Axe

Jenelle's husband got fired from the cast of Teen Mom 2 after allegedly tweeting homophobic remarks that mocked the LGBT community. David got into a fight with Twitter users over gun control, during which someone asked him, "Are you going to teach your children to hate gay and transgender people?" 

"No, I'm going to teach them not to associate with them or be that way…" David allegedly wrote back. "If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas."

David deleted his Twitter account, and the exchange only exists in the form of screen grabs. However, massive outrage led to MTV terminating his employment.

April 2018 -- Road Rage

While the footage of Jenelle's road rage incident didn't air until July, North Carolina State Highway Patrol told ET that it occurred back in April.

The harrowing encounter -- which occurred while her 8-year-old son, Jace, was in the passenger seat -- saw the 26-year-old reality star allegedly pulling a gun on a man who had cut her off in traffic. North Carolina State Highway Patrol told ET that no charges were filed against either Jenelle or the other driver after an investigation.

A source close to the Teen Mom 2 production told ET, "Janelle has not commented on the scene, but she’s still on the show -- and we will see her in future episodes, which include the season finale, next Monday, and a reunion [show] at the end of August."

July 2018 -- Road Rage Fallout

The road rage episode of Teen Mom 2 aired in July, and the following episode saw Jenelle insinuating that her son had lied about her pulling out the gun.

Following the incident, Jace told Jenelle’s mom and his legal guardian, Barbara, that his mother had pulled a gun out. When Barbara confronted her about the incident, Jenelle denied that she had shown her gun, and accused her son of lying.

"No, I didn’t Jace. Why are you telling her I pulled a gun out on him? I did not do that,” she said as Jace looked uncomfortable.

While she did not admit to pulling out the gun, she did imply to her mother that she has the firearm with her at all times, insisting, "I'm protected all the time."

After seeing the footage of the road rage incident on the show, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol told ET that there were still no plans to reopen the investigation.

August 2018 -- She Wants Out

Angered that her husband had been fired from the show, Jenelle revealed that she wanted to quit Teen Mom 2.

However, she later said that she's unable to pursue other job opportunities because she's locked into a contract with MTV.

"Have lots of offers from many different people, but you have to turn them down when you’re locked in a contract #Annoying," Evans tweeted. 

As for the offers she was referring to, Evans told producers during an episode of the show, "I will go do my own thing and I will get out of my contract. Best believe, mark my f**king words. I’m not doing it. I’ll go do my own thing. I have people offering me stuff for Netflix and Amazon right f**king now."

She later skipped the Teen Mom 2 reunion special, and sat down with Dr. Drew Pinksy for an interview in which she claimed to have PTSD from her road rage incident, admitted to lying when she accused her son of lying, and defended her husband's homophobic tweets, arguing, "He thinks he shouldn’t have said it the way he did, but he still stands by his views… He just doesn’t want his kids to grow up and be that way. Just like if you don’t want your kid to grow up and be a doctor. 'I don’t want you to be a doctor. I want you to be in the military.' Well, some dads are just like that."

October 2018 -- Hospitalization and Denial

Jenelle was hospitalized in mid-October, and multiple outlets reported that police officers in Columbus County responded to a 911 call regarding an alleged assault at her home at around 10 p.m. An ambulance was reportedly initially requested for Jenelle, though it was later canceled and she was brought to the hospital via private car. No arrests were made and a police report was not filed.

A week later, Jenelle took to Instagram to post a confessional video while hiding in her closet, supposedly to avoid being overheard by her children. In the video, she also denies reports that she was assaulted by her husband.

"I know everyone's concerned about me, and I know everyone wants to know, 'Is she OK? How are the kids?'" she shared. "Everything's fine. You know, I’ve been in so many domestic violence situations in the past that I would not put up with it now. So I don’t know why you guys would think that I would continue to stay in this relationship if I was being abused."

February 2019 -- A 'Drunk Misunderstanding'

An episode of Teen Mom 2 that aired in early February featured Jenelle's 9-1-1 call to police, in which she is heard saying, "My husband, he just assaulted me. He pinned me down on the ground, I’m sorry, in the yard. And I think I heard my f**king collarbone crack. I can’t move my arm."

However, while speaking with her mother, Jenelle said the whole incident was "a big drunk misunderstanding."

According to the reality star, she had too much to drink while her husband was out hunting deer at night. After he failed to return her calls, she got aggravated. When he finally came home, she claims she drunkenly confronted him in their yard where she tripped in a hole, reached out toward David, and then pulled him down on top of her. 

She further claimed that she called the police in a rage, believing David had pushed her to the ground out of confusion over falling due to her supposed inebriation.

May 2019 -- Dog Killing

The tensions between Jenelle and her husband were thrust into the spotlight once again when she took to Instagram claiming that David shot and killed the family's French bulldog, Nugget. This post was met with immediate uproar on social media and David later seemingly confirmed the allegations, claiming that the dog had bitten their daughter, Ensley, in the face.

Following the backlash against her and her husband, Jenelle was fired from Teen Mom 2, which reportedly took the embattled reality star by surprise.

Days later, Child Protective Services removed daughter Ensley and son Kaiser -- as well as David's daughter, Maryssa, from a previous relationship -- from their custody.

July 2019 -- Home Again and New Dog Drama

More than a month after having her children removed from her custody, the reality star revealed that two of her three children had been returned to her, while Jace remains in the legal custody of Jenelle's mother.

After celebrating being reunited with her kids, Jenelle and David found themselves in hot water yet again, when police accused them of having fabricated their story regarding David shooting their dog.

According to police investigating the animal cruelty reports, there was no evidence of David having killed the dog. Police further allege that Evans made up the story for publicity and that her account of the alleged event changed over the course of the investigation.

Jenelle recently changed her story publicly as well, claiming she doesn't know if her husband killed their dog or not, and never asked. Speaking with TMZ, Evans was asked if Nugget is still alive, she said, "I have no idea. You would have to ask David that. I still have not asked David to this day."

"After David went outside with the dog, I walked over to him, and he was by the edge of the woods and he said, 'You don't want to come over here.' And I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'Your dog is not here anymore.' So I assumed that was my dog being dead," she said. "[So] yes. I mean, the dog isn't here. I mean, I don't know what happened. And she hasn't been around since, so I don’t know."

They have subsequently added two new Anatolian Shepherds to their family, after giving their pit bull, Jax, away to a friend after he ate some of the chickens on their farm and attacked their pig. 

For more on the latest drama surrounding Jenelle and her family, check out the video below.

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