‘Teen Mom’ Jenelle Evans’ Son Jace Hospitalized After Running Away, CPS Investigating Parents
Jenelle Evans is being investigated by Child Protective Services after her 14-year-old son, Jace Evans’ third disappearance and recent hospitalization. Jace was checked into the hospital after he was reported missing and found for a third time.
“CPS got involved when Jace was checked into [the] hospital,” the “Teen Mom 2” alum’s manager told InTouch. “Jace is still in the hospital yes, they are doing a mental health evaluation.”
Jace, whom Jenelle shares with ex, Andrew Lewis, was reported MIA for the third time on September 28. Jenelle told the police that the teen exited through a window without his cell phone, per a TMZ report.
The former MTV star gave her fans and followers an update two days later, confirming that her son had been found.
“I just want privacy for me and my family right now,” Jenelle said in a September 30 video. “He’s safe but that’s not the point of this video. I just kind of want to keep my content away from the drama right now, kay?”
Jace lives with his mom, his stepfather, David Eason, and his younger half-siblings, Kaiser and Ensley. The incident marked the third time that Jace had run away from the family home.
On August 15, Jace was reported missing by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department after leaving school that afternoon. The troubled teenager was eventually located “in the trees behind the school building” per his Snapchat location. On August 28, Jenelle called the cops after she hadn’t heard from Jace for several hours. He was later located at a gas station about 10 minutes from their house.
“Jenelle is a momma bear raising a teenage boy. Jace likes exploring his extensive property that has woods, lakes,” the MTV personality’s manager, August Keen, said in a statement at the time. “He decided to explore too far. Jenelle got worried and called the police after he didn’t come back before it became dark.”
Jenelle took to TikTok on August 30 to complain about being hit with “a lot of hate.” She added that she felt that her son’s actions were being “pinned against her.”
She implied that she had discovered inappropriate content on Jace’s phone, but didn’t share specific details.
“I will say one thing: Monitor your kids’ phones,” she told her followers. “Because, you know, I monitor my kid’s phone, and sometimes they get in trouble. Sometimes they get it taken away for consequences to their actions, right?”
Jenelle also insinuated that there was a “big reason” behind her mother, Barbara Evans’ decision to give back full custody of the teen, in March.
“My son has been having a hard time for the past two, three years,” she said. “None of this has gone public because we’re trying to keep his privacy — me and my mom.”
Janelle has faced her share of challenges, particularly when it comes to mental health. Alongside battling anxiety and depression, she has grappled with drug addiction and engaged in unpredictable behavior during her younger years. Jenelle’s past includes a history of substance abuse and periods of impulsive choices, especially in her relationships.
In a candid conversation with E! News, Janelle admitted, “I think my low point was with my drug issue and the whole heroin thing. I almost overdosed and died. I was trying to run away from my problems.” This perilous cycle of drug abuse, coupled with high-risk activities, prompted her to seek help, leading to her admission into a detox center and a rehab facility in 2013.
Olivia Davis is a Staff Writer at All About The Tea. Olivia’s hobbies include binging Netflix series, and watching Housewives on Bravo. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in History.