Jenelle Evans’ son Jace Evans has been hospitalized after he ran away from his grandmother Barbara’s house, TMZ reported.
The 14-year-old will be taken into custody by Child Protective Services, who will place him in foster care after he is released from the hospital – because he has run away so many times.
The outlet’s source said that the teenager got in trouble at school for vaping, and Barbara took his phone away as punishment – which led to him running away for the fourth time.
He ran away from Barbara’s home on Saturday and was not found until 11:45 pm Sunday.
Mom and son: Jenelle Evans ‘ son Jace Evans has been hospitalized after he ran away from his grandmother Barbara’s house, TMZ reported; Evans shares Jace (pictured together) with ex Andrew Lewis and is also mother to son Kaiser, nine, with ex Nathan Griffith; and daughter Ensley, six, with Eason
News: The 14-year-old will be taken into custody by Child Protective Services, who will place him in foster care after he is released from the hospital – because he has run away so many times; Barbara and Jenelle seen in 2015 in LA
Barbara was advised by Jenelle, CPS and the foster care team not to give him a phone, but thought he could handle having it.
Jace has primarily lived with Barbara until Jenelle regained custody of him this year.
He ran away for the first time September after stepdad David was accused of injuring him.
The outlet’s insider said that if Jace gets into more trouble he may end up in a juvenile detention facility.
The teen has been maintaining radio silence with his mother and his stepfather David Eason.
He has reportedly had no contact with the 31-year-old Teen Mom 2 star or her husband David since he was moved out of their home and was sent to live with Jenelle’s mother Barbara again.
And the new arrangement seemed to have been benefiting the teenage boy, who had been happier than he has been in recent weeks, according to sources with direct knowledge who spoke to TMZ.
Jace was moved out of his mother and stepfather’s home after David was accused of injuring him and was charged with a misdemeanor count of child abuse.
Although Jace was back living under Barbara’s roof — where he has lived for much of his life — he was technically under the custody of Child Protective Services, which removed him from his mother and stepfather’s home.
Radio silence: Jenelle Evans’ son Jace, 14, has had no contact with her or her husband David Eason since he was removed from their home by CPS and sent to live with his grandmother Barbara again
According to the same sources, Barbara — who has had a tempestuous relationship with Jenelle over the years — is also not in touch with her daughter or David.
At the time, sources said that Jace was happy to be with his grandmother again, and he reportedly felt like he’s home finally.
He has lived with her most of his life, while it was only early in 2023 that Jenelle regained custody of him from her mother.
Jace appears to have been out of school since August, when he ran away after the end of the school day. However, he’s now attending a new school.
While Jace is staying away from the rest of his family, David will be required to go to court later in November to address the misdemeanor child abuse charge.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, he is accused of injuring Jace in a way that left ‘marks on the right art and left and right side of [his] neck.’
The documents also state that Jace’s alleged ‘injuries weren’t sustained by accident.’
The alleged incident is said to have taken place on September 28 — the same night Jace was reported missing for a third time after he slipped out of a window.
Serious charges: Jace was removed from the home after his stepfather David was accused of injuring him was charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse
Alleged incident: Jenelle’s husband David allegedly injured Jace on his neck and arm, leaving marks (pictured Evans and Eason in 2019)
Police were called to Evans’ home at around 8 p.m., where the reality star told officers Jace had left the home — which is surrounded by woods — and didn’t have a cell phone with him. He was later found safe.
This comes after Evans claimed late last month that there was no arrest warrant against Eason.
Evans said that the reporting around Eason is ‘getting insane at this point.’
Evans’ complaint came after a court clerk in the couple’s native North Carolina told The U.S. Sun Wednesday that records indicated a warrant for Eason’s arrest which had not yet been served.
The clerk told the outlet of Eason: ‘I don’t see anything that has been served. But there is a warrant out for his arrest.’
Evans accompanied her message with a short clip in which she sang along with the 2018 Snow Tha Product single Today I Decided.
Evans on Tuesday said in exclusive comments to DailyMail.com that the charge ‘doesn’t have anything to do with’ Eason and claimed police were ‘looking into the wrong person right now.’
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.
Comment: This comes after Evans on Wednesday said that there is no arrest warrant against Eason
Response: Evans advised her followers not to believe reports coming from certain outlets or Teen Mom fan pages, saying ‘they get stupid sources and don’t fact check [beforehand]’
Defense: Evan defended her husband n the wake of his charge for child abuse (pictured 2019)
Evans said that ‘there is a vile situation going on and it’s not pertaining my husband. This story is one sided and no interviews were conducted asking what happened when the “incident” occurred.
She added: ‘I cannot say any details at this time because this is about my son’s mental health, not about my husband and I cannot stress that enough.
‘Our time will come in court and we will have our day to present the evidence that has been adding up since 2017, and again it doesn’t have anything to do with my husband. I would love privacy at this time for my own mental health and my family’s well-being.’
The charge is a misdemeanor, TMZ reported in October, adding that the probe against the Oak Island, North Carolina native and her husband began after Jace’s third disappearance.
In a clip she filmed on Monday and posted to TikTok last month, 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 social media 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.’
Comment: The Teen Mom 2 star said the charge ‘doesn’t have anything to do with’ Eason and claimed police were ‘looking into the wrong person right now’ in exclusive comments to DailyMail.com
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
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?
‘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 said, ‘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.’ Pictured in LA in August of 2015
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 in October that the CPS probe of Evans and Eason ‘is in the final stages’ and that it is probable that one or both are 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.
Charges: Evans and her husband were investigated after Jace claimed his stepfather assaulted him September 28
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.
Eason 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.
Investigation: The investigation has expanded, and CPS investigators have been ordered to speak to Jenelle’s other kids: Kaiser, nine, and Ensley, six, away from Jenelle and her husband Eason. David’s daughter, Maryssa, 16, also lives with the family
‘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.’
Depending on the result of the investigation, both Evans and Eason could be facing charges for neglect and assault, according to TMZ.