'Teen Mom' Abuse Allegations: Who Is It Now?


Catelynn and Tyler Teen MomThe roller coaster ride that is Teen Mom just took another dip this week with more claims of abusive behavior. No, not Amber Portwood beating on her baby daddy. This time Dr. Drew Pinsky has called out April Baltierra for abusing her daughter, Catelynn Lowell.

Hey America, listen up. He just reminded parents everywhere that child abuse doesn't only mean marks on your child's backside.

Emotional abuse is damaging too, and it affects some 148,500 children every year. Want to put that in perspective? 

We're in the midst of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And that number is more than three times more than the number of women who die from breast cancer annually in the United States.


The mom of Catelynn Lowell and stepmother to Tyler Baltierra, the couple who gave up daughter Carly for adoption more than a year ago, regularly calls her daughter a "bi--h," curses at her (beyond the b- word the f-bomb is frequently bleeped out by the folks at MTV), criticizes her choices for her child and more.

When Pinsky called her on it this week, she jumped to the defensive, claiming she regrets her actions. But as she hemmed and hawed over Pinsky's recommendations that she get into a 12-step program to deal with her own addictions (she's portrayed as a problem drinker on the show), just how she has abused her daughter takes another turn.

Emotional abuse is widely considered to be verbal.

If it's not physically leaving a mark on a child, than it must be screaming at them, right?

Not necessarily. Based on the markers of emotional abuse from the American Humane Society, it could just as easily be "exploiting or corrupting" your child -- presenting them with your poor role modeling and walking them down a path that's going to put them in danger in the long run. That includes being an alcoholic.

Also up there on the list? Ignoring your child. No, this doesn't meant refusing to play a 15th time of Monopoly and telling them to go do it "by yourself." You're a parent, not a martyr. But you have to be both physically and psychologically responsive to your kids. Something like "refusing to touch" your child is abuse.

Give them a hug once in awhile (something watchers of Teen Mom will see Amber Portwood almost never does -- least of all when her child is crying), and when you speak to them, call them by their name. Replacing their name with "b---h" doesn't count.

If this all sounds like common sense, then you're OK Mom and Dad. Unfortunately 148,500 children prove there are to many April Baltierras out there.

Do you think emotional abuse is taken seriously enough?

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Nellyo Nellyo

Catelynns mother makes me cringe. What a sad and pathetic individual. I suppose having children doesnt necessarily mean that you grow up.

Jami Higginbotham

i feel sorry for catelynns i have 2 sons and would love to have a daughter she could come live with me and know she wouldn't be treated lke that, her mom is so mean to her every time i watch the show i want to give her a big hug everytime her mom makes her cry, i think what her and tyler did was the right thing and they have grown up and are dealing with it better then i know i could i can't imagine giving my kid up but with the life they are living they did the right thing by their daugther and her mother should realize that her life isnt'stable

MyKid... MyKidsSccrMom

Catelyn is a much better mother than HER mother. I love how Catelyn put Carly first and broke the cycle of abuse for her. Perhaps April senses her own daughter's maturity far surpasses her own and berates Catelyn for it in an attempt to make herself feel better. Just a thought.


LoriA... LoriAnn87

Catelyn mom is the worst mother in the world.

squish squish

I have often thought that it would have been beautiful for both Caitlynn and Carley to be adopted together. Caitlynn is a child just as much as Carly, and needs and deserves the right to be free from abuse.

Fallaya Fallaya

April is such a jerk.  No wonder the kids didn't want Carly to grow up around her.  

nonmember avatar Jen

I doubt it's just drinking that April does. Everything about her screams drug addict. After all the verbal and emotional abuse she has heaped on Catelynn, on national t.v. no less, I cannot understand how she has escaped being investigated by CPS. I guess it just proves emotional abuse is not taken as seriously as it needs to be.


I grew up with that sort of treatment, and so much more. I can empathize with Catelynn, and it makes me sick seeing and listening to how April treats her. People don't realize that calling their kid names and degrading them is extremely abusive, and is just as, if not more, damaging as physical abuse.

Catelynn keeps proving she is nothing like April, and it makes me that much more proud of her. She is a strong individual! I'd love to sit down with her and discuss everything she and I have both endured and overcome.

mason... masonmomma

I question there not being any physical abuse. In one episode, April hits the couch while cussing out Catilynn and the little boy in the family runs off clearly scared and crying. Pretty good indicator he's being hit often.

nonmember avatar RetardRepellant

do i think that emotional abuse is taken seriously enough? hell no. though, it should be. the way that catelynn's mom treats her on the show makes my jaw drop. how can anyone be so screwed up to her own daughter? she constantly throws it in catelynn's face that she didn't take her feelings into consideration when giving up carly, but quite frankly she was under no obligation to do so. It was HER child, not her mom's and just because that pisses her off, she says she didnt have what it takes to be a mom blah blah blah. like wtf kind of crap is that to tell your daughter who's still hurting about giving up her own child? -shakes head- horrible.

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