‘Teen Mom 2’: Whitney Johnson’s Husband Speaks About The Stunning Custody Decision
Last week a judge stunned the world when she dismissed the case against Jenelle Evans and David Eason. The troubled former reality TV star had lost custody of three of their children back in May. Experts weighed in on the proceedings for weeks and alleged the case would likely drag on for months. When the tides suddenly turned in Evans and Eason’s favor, everyone was shook. Now, Whitney Johnson’s husband, Shane Rich, is speaking out against the court’s decision.
Shane Rich is speaking out against the court’s decision
Rich spoke directly with The Ashley, about the court’s shocking decision. He noted that both he and his wife were incredibly shocked and dismayed by the sudden decision. According to Us Magazine, Rich is terribly concerned about Maryssa’s well-being, noting that she is traumatized.
Maryssa took the stands in the weeks leading up to the decision. During her testimony, the 11-year-old allegedly told the judge that she had been coached to lie to CPS if they showed up at the family’s home. The preteen also shared her experiences while living in the house. Maryssa, along with her half-sister, Ensley, and stepbrother, Kaiser, were in the home when Eason shot and killed the family dog.
Rich noted that Maryssa was back in the home and would be forced to stifle her feelings. It seems, based on Rich’s interview, that the child doesn’t wish to be back with her father and stepmother, but was forced to return based on the judge’s decision. She was turned over to the couple on the afternoon of July 4.
Why did Jenelle Evans and David Eason regain custody?
During the court proceedings, Evans and Eason kicked up a stir. First, they allegedly took issue with the original judge presiding over the case. Then, they reportedly brought up a criminal record they believed belonged to a CPS worker. Finally, the pair took the stand in their own defense.
It appears as though the case was dismissed on the grounds of a lack of evidence. According to Champion Daily, Evans and Eason were allowed to take their kids home because the evidence against them amounted to “hearsay.” Fans were stymied by the notion that the evidence against the couple wasn’t enough to keep the kids out of their home.
Eason admitted to shooting and killing the family dog while the children were in the home. Twenty-five emergency calls were routed through police dispatch about or from the household in the last 12 months, and CPS testified that holes riddled the wall of a home that was otherwise filthy.
Could Rich and Johnson fight to regain custody of Maryssa?
While Johnson and Rich appear to be in a good place in their relationship, it seems that fighting Eason for custody would be an uphill battle. Eason was granted custody of the now 11-year-old girl in 2017. Allegedly, Maryssa was removed from her mother’s care due to substance abuse issues.
When Maryssa was removed from Evans and Eason’s home back in May, she was placed into the care of her maternal grandmother. Johnson and Rich had previously visited with the girl and even had unsupervised visitations while she resided with Evans and Eason, but it seems like getting custody back could be difficult.
Rich noted that “There’s no redemption for a woman who’s had a previous substance abuse problem. My wife already knew how she was going to be looked at.” That doesn’t mean they won’t be looking at their options; it’s just likely to be a difficult battle.