By Adam S. Levy and Alesia Stanford For Dailymail.Com
22:12 24 Oct 2023, updated 00:15 25 Oct 2023
- Probe against the Oak Island, North Carolina native, 31, and her husband, 35, began after her son Jace, 14, went missing for the third time in six weeks
- The charge against Eason is a misdemeanor, TMZ reported citing court docs
- Police said ‘there’s a possibility [Jenelle] could eventually face charges as well’
- Since Jace’s attempts to run away, he has returned to the care of his maternal grandmother Barbara Evans, with whom he has lived for much of his life
- In a social media clip Jenelle posted Tuesday, she slammed her mother, complained about getting harassed on social media and physically stood by the side of Eason, who was seen in the closing seconds of the post
The charge is a misdemeanor, TMZ reported Tuesday, adding that the probe against the Oak Island, North Carolina native, 31, and her husband, 35, began after her son Jace, 14, went missing for the third time in six weeks last month.
Police sources told the site that ‘there’s a possibility [Jenelle] could eventually face charges as well’ in the ongoing proceedings, and that ‘there’s video of an assault involving Jace’ that law enforcement and CPS officials have in their possession.
Evans shares Jace with ex Andrew Lewis and is also mother to son Kaiser, nine, with ex Nathan Griffith; and daughter Ensley, six, with Eason. Since Jace’s three attempts to run away, he has returned to the care of his maternal grandmother Barbara Evans, with whom he has lived for much of his life.
In a clip she filmed on Monday and posted to TikTok Tuesday, Jenelle slammed her mother, complained about getting harassed on social media, and physically stood by the side of Eason, who was seen in the closing seconds of the clip.
In her social media post, Jenelle said that she was getting a lot of ‘feedback’ on her posts and came to the conclusion that her followers hate her.
‘I’m just getting so much harassment and I’m being called a piece of s*** mom [and] horrible mother,’ Jenelle said.
She implied that her mother Barbara was the culprit behind the child abuse probe and charge against Eason, as well as the nasty fallout of the ongoing situation.
‘All of these comments are stemming from one person who is spreading it – if you know who I’m talking about,’ she said.
Jenelle said that she was holding her tongue on the specifics on the case for the time being, and urged her followers to refrain from posting negative sentiments to her social media pages.
‘This will all be over soon and then I’ll be able to tell you guys the full truth and what’s going on,’ she said, ‘but like right now, please just keep your comments to yourself because I’m trying to keep my mental health in check.’
Jenelle said amid the trying times, she still had to ‘go to work,’ ‘post content,’ and ‘make videos for you guys.’
She added, ‘I want to keep you guys updated with real content and not just complaining or talking about my situation all the time.’
In a separate recording in the post, she said that she had ‘been crying for 30 minutes’ and was continuing to try and stay upbeat amid the difficult timeframe.
‘I know you’ll see me all the time on TikTok and you’re like, “She’s so happy she doesn’t care” – I do care about what’s going on, I just try not to film myself when I’m so depressed, you know?’ she said. ‘But I need to keep reminding myself I’ve been through way worse in the past, and this will pass – this too shall pass.’
Jenelle then focused her ire on her mother Barbara – who she has had a mercurial relationship with over the years – saying she has broken the ‘generational curse’ in her family.
‘I think what hurts me the most is that my own parent would do this to me, my own parent caused this whole storm, s*** storm – it just hurts because I would never treat my children that way,’ she said.
Jenelle continued, ‘I know that I will treat my children with love and respect and if they need my help, I will give them my help without making them feel like a burden.’
Jenelle made reference to when she was granted custody of Jace this past March in the clip.
She said, ‘You hand me my son back and you’re like, “Oh I’m gonna take him away again” – like come on dude, when is it gonna stop?”‘
In the clip, Evans was seen walking by the waterfront when Eason was spotted in the background. She said, ‘This is what I needed, the beach, right babe?’ to which Eason added, ‘That’s right – beach.’
The couple was pictured October 15 at the Wilmington Gun & Knife Show in Wilmington, North Carolina in video published by TMZ, amid reports that ‘criminal charges [were] likely’ to be filed against them in connection with an assault and neglect probe by social workers.
The MTV personality and her husband brought children Kaiser and Ensley to the event, where weapons such as guns and knives are displayed for sale on tables, sources told the outlet, adding that Jace was not present for the outing.
Eason and Kaiser looked at items such as rifle scopes, gun holster and knives while at the weapons marketplace; while Ensley remained close to Evans, witnesses told the outlet.
Eason appeared ‘to purchase a bulletproof vest for himself, and a wooden battle ax for Kaiser,’ TMZ reported, citing witnesses.
Evans and her daughter spent about 20 minutes total at the show before leaving, onlookers told the outlet.
TMZ reported earlier this month that the CPS probe of Evans and Eason was ‘in the final stages’ and that it is probable that one or both would be charged as a result.
The Ashley reported that at an October 11 custody hearing, Eason was removed from the courtroom.
In a previous hearing, Evans was prohibited from speaking with Jace, unless he initiated it, while Eason was forbidden to have any contact with the teen.
Law enforcement officials are investigating allegations that Eason assaulted Jace on September 28.
A source told The Sun that the following day, Jace was taken to the hospital, where doctors found marks on his arms and neck.
The source also alleged the physical interaction was captured on the doorbell camera at their home.
It appears that the probe appears to be expanding to include their other children as well, as Jace has claimed he is not the only one to be physically harmed.
‘The judge asked a lot of questions about what Jace saw, and she took the allegations of abuse against the other minors in the home very seriously,’ a source told the outlet.
Evans welcomed Jace in 2009 when she was just 17-years-old – she was filming 16 and Pregnant at the time and still in a relationship with his father, Lewis.
The former reality star regained custody of the teen earlier this year.
Evans shares son Kaiser, nine, with ex Griffith; a source told the outlet the boy had been having trouble at school.
‘Kaiser was suspended from school for a week recently,’ a source said. ‘He’s in third grade. It’s not normal at all. The kids are acting out. And, it’s a total cry for help.’
Eason’s daughter, Maryssa, 16, also lives on the property, which they call The Land, with the family.
CPS investigators were allegedly prevented from speaking to Kaiser and Ensley when they came out to investigate.
‘It was said in court that the first time CPS came, they didn’t let them in,’ a source told the outlet. ‘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.
Per the judge’s ruling on Wednesday, ‘The kids will now be interviewed away from Jenelle.’
Another hearing has been set for later this month to determine how Jace’s living situation with his grandmother is going.