Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans and her husband David Eason are being investigated by Child Protective Services in North Carolina after her teenage son Jace went missing for the third time in six weeks.
“Jace is not at home and is currently in the custody of CPS, who are investigating,” the source said The American sun on Monday after the 14-year-old fled the family home on Thursday, with Evans, 31, confirming he was safe on Saturday.
Jace is currently in CPS custody and has not been sent home to Evans and Eason, 35, a source told the newspaper. A pair of law enforcement sources confirmed to the newspaper that a CPS investigation into the couple was underway.
A rep for Evans told the outlet that Jace was “OK” and “going through the care process” following the series of incidents in which he went missing, most recently when he slipped out of a window on Thursday evening.
“It is standard protocol to evaluate the child’s mental health and this is part of his healing process,” Evans’ rep told the outlet. “He was not harmed, nor did he harm himself.
The latest: Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans, 31, and her husband David Eason, 35, are being investigated by North Carolina’s Child Protective Services after her teenage son Jace, 14, went missing for the third time in six weeks
Trouble: A source told The US Sun on Monday that “Jace is not home and is currently in the custody of CPS, who are investigating,” after the 14-year-old fled the family home on Thursday. Eason and Evans were photographed in New York in 2019
“Jenelle and her family ask for privacy and prayers at this time.”
The representative said they were not aware of a CPS investigation against the couple, the outlet reported.
Evans on Saturday took to social media with a short update clip in which she confirmed her son’s safety, while making it clear that she did not want to discuss the situation via the platform.
“Jace has been located – he is safe – but that is not the point of the video,” Evans said. “I just want to keep my content away from the drama at this point; I also want to say that I want to make normal content again.
“If I don’t answer certain questions, please don’t bother me, thank you.”
TMZ Reported police were called to Evans’ home around 8 p.m. Thursday, when the reality star told officers that Jace had left the house – which is surrounded by woods – and did not have a cell phone with him.
Police sources told the publication that Jace had been added to a national missing persons database.
Jace was then moved on Friday, police sources told The US Sun.
Update: Evans took to social media on Saturday with a short update clip in which she confirmed her son’s safety while clarifying that she did not want to discuss the situation on the platform
Details: She said in the clip: ‘Jace has been located – he’s safe – but that’s not the point of the video’
This is evident from a police report obtained on Monday by The Ashley’s Reality RoundupAccording to police, Jenelle’s mother Barbara Evans said Jace “ran away and hid” and called her from an unknown number on Thursday and told her “that she had been attacked by David Eason.”
On Monday, Evans denied on Twitter that Eason’s behavior was a reason for Jace’s disappearance; and said her mother Barbara had given misleading information to authorities about why Jace had run away.
“This isn’t about David, whether you want to blame him or not,” she said. ‘My mother has been saying a lot of untrue things about me lately, but wanted me to get custody? Imagine what you won’t hear from me.’
Evans said she had no idea why her “own mother behaves the way she does,” while she thinks Barbara is “now using the police to file false reports just in an attempt to make us look bad as a family to see.’
Evans said that “there are several people involved in this situation and they know the truth, and so does God.”
She tweeted that Barbara has not made any attempt to visit either of her children since July. (Evans shares Jace with ex Andrew Lewis and is also mom to son Kaiser, nine, with ex Nathan Griffith; and daughter Ensley, six, with Eason.)
“I’m so confused right now and wish I had one parent stable enough to talk to,” Evans said, adding the hashtag #ToxicParents.
In response to a Twitter user who said they believed Jace and Barbara’s words about her or Eason, Evans said, “Well, my husband is still a free man, so…. I definitely don’t need your approval.’
Clapback: Evans denied on Twitter on Monday that Eason’s behavior was a reason for Jace’s disappearance; and said her mother Barbara Evans had given authorities misleading information about why Jace had run away
In August, Evans appeared on TikTok to share clues as to why Jace ran away for the second time in two weeks before being found safe by police days earlier.
The media personality said her son’s actions were “pinned against her,” adding that she faced “a lot of hate” and “a lot of backlash.”
The MTV vet kept her statements ambiguous, but referenced finding inappropriate content on the teen’s Snapchat account and calling the platform a “bad” app.
“I will say one thing: keep an eye on your children’s phones,” she suggested to her audience. “Because, you know, I keep an eye on my kids’ phones, and sometimes they get in trouble. Sometimes it’s taken away from them because of the consequences for their actions, right?’
“But sometimes they don’t take that too lightly, and sometimes kids get really mad at their phones when you take them away,” Evans added.
Evans likened the relationship some teens have with their phones to “addiction.”
She was vague, also saying that “there was a big reason why” her mother Barbara Evans gave her full custody of Jace in March.
“My son has had a hard time over the last two, three years,” she noted, before adding, “None of this has become public because we’re trying to maintain his privacy – me and my mom.”
She danced around the details of the teen’s mental health, clarifying, “(Jace) is doing well, he’s healthy and he’s safe.”
Jace had left the family’s home in North Carolina, and his mother eventually contacted authorities when she couldn’t find him.
Third time: TMZ reported that police were called to Evans’ home around 8 p.m. Thursday when the reality star told officers Jace had left the house and did not have a cell phone with him
Family drama: Jenelle was awarded full custody of Jace earlier this year after transferring custody of him to her mother Barbara Evans shortly after giving birth to him
Jenelle’s rep August Keen told TMZ, noting that Jace “just wants more freedom as he gets older, and he’s just being a typical teenager as a teenager.”
Evans previously denied that Snapchat was a factor in finding Jace after authorities reported him missing on August 15.
On August 16, The sun reported that the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina received a tip from a 911 caller about Jace’s whereabouts, noting that their child had been tracking him through the app.
Jenelle regained full custody of Jace earlier this year after transferring custody of him to her mother Barbara Evans shortly after she gave birth to him.
Jenelle told the outlet that her son ran away after his phone was taken from him due to problems at school.
“As a boy mom, kids can act out and rebel like I’m sure most of us did as kids,” she told TMZ in a statement. “Jace… got in trouble at school, we decided to take his phone away and then he decided to run away.”
Jenelle called Jace “a good kid” and said the situation wasn’t one “everything that most families don’t have to deal with while raising children,” adding, “This is a teenager who, as a teenager, is angry that we decided to take his phone away.”