We've seen our fair share of deadbeat dads throughout the years on 16 and Pregnant and even on Teen Mom. But none were as shocking and astounding as Autumn's baby daddy, Dustin.
Tonight's episode featured Autumn, a 16-year-old sophomore from Richmond, Virginia. She and her boyfriend Dustin (who spent the entire episode clad only in a camouflage sweatshirt and a bright orange frayed cap) have been dating for a year and spending every day and night together. Despite her mother's warnings and pleas, and even after she recently saw her 18-year-old sister give birth, Autumn got pregnant.
Her mother even went with her to get birth control pills or a ring, but Autumn "didn't want to get fat." "And now you gained 40 pounds," her mother quipped. Touche!
So to get a better idea of what they'd be facing in a few short weeks, Autumn's and Dustin's moms took them to dinner to discuss plans for the baby. It was here that we found out that Dustin had made one purchase for the baby: a rundown crib that he bought at a yard sale for a whopping $1.
And worst of all, when his mother asked him if he'd give up smoking weed when the baby was born, he responded: "Most likely, I'm going to get high ... if someone comes over with weed and the baby's not there, I'm going to take a hit." If his mother's shocked reaction wasn't enough, Autumn began to cry. "What's the big deal about that?" he asked. "It's illegal, that's the big deal. And you have a child coming," his mom responded.
Shocked. Just purely shocked. A boy (and notice I said boy) who cannot afford to buy his child a proper bed can spend his money on getting high. Here, ladies and gentlemen, are the priorities of this 18-year-old.
Luckily, he managed to pull his act together for a little while and called around to ask for a job. He finally found work at a local bike shop. But the good moves didn't last long because Dustin's mom (who has clearly been fed up with her son's childish antics) called the cops on him when she found marijuana in his room. The situation was later settled, but it's clear that he's not entirely removed from the bad habits.
So to test him on his new-found supposed sobriety, Autumn and her mom convinced him to take an at-home drug test in a restaurant bathroom. He passed. Well, barely. But still passed.
And thankfully just in time for the labor. Which he missed a little bit of when he fell asleep on the delivery room couch. Really, dude?
But a few pushes later, baby Drake was born and almost immediately clad in a camo vest, just like his pops.
The blissful moments didn't last long, however, because as soon as Autumn arrived home with the baby, Dustin was entirely MIA. Physically, emotionally, and financially. At one point he came over and handed her all the money in his pocket. A massive $2.50. Which promptly went to a box of wipes that would be completely used in the next 48 hours.
Even worse, when he revealed that he made $40 per day, and Autumn asked him to just give her $40 per week, his response was: "Whoa, whoa, that's two grams." He quickly declared that a joke, but the sentiment wasn't lost. He clearly didn't feel the need to help.
So on Valentine's Day, Autumn and her mom drove down to the courthouse to officially file for child support.
As Autumn even acknowledged in her confessional at the end, her life had completely changed. A boy who she thought was her true love turned out to be nothing more than a deadbeat dad. He wasn't supportive, he didn't devote time to Drake, and he didn't help Autumn with any baby-related expenses.
Unfortunately, that's the sad reality for many teen moms. They often dream of happy outcomes, but more often than not, they're met with hardships, financial difficulties, and are separated from their baby's fathers. Hopefully for Autumn, Dustin shapes up quickly.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Will Dustin be more supportive?
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