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Jennifer Del Rio: ’16 And Pregnant’ Star Flees Florida To Escape Abuse, Files For Sole Custody Of Children

Jennifer Del Rio flees to Illinois to escape abuse

Jennifer Del Rio, the star of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” has fled her home in Florida and moved more than 1,000 miles away to escape an abusive boyfriend and is now filing for sole custody of her children.

The person Del Rio is fleeing, Joshua Smith, is also the father of her children. The two are no strangers to domestic disputes, the Christian Post reports. More than a year ago Del Rio was accused of assaulting Smith, though Del Rio claims that she was set up by Smith.

Jennifer Del Rio’s exodus from Florida was reportedly over the safety of her children. She appeared in Lake County, Ill., where she filed for sole custody of her 2-year-old twins. Del Rio claims that she is sole caregiver to the children–feeding them, bathing them and grooming them–so it is in their interest to stay with her, TMZ reported.

Jennifer Del Rio claims that joint custody is out of the question because of Joshua’s history of domestic abuse, TMZ reported.

Smith has claims of his own. He accused Jennifer Del Rio of being a “compulsive liar” last year and said the she tricked him into getting her pregnant so she could appear on the MTV reality show, the Christian Post reported.

Back in March the “16 and Pregnant” star announced her split with Smith. A follow-up special on MTV, 16 and Pregnant: Where Are They Now,” revealed that Jenifer Del Rio didn’t feel like she or her twin babies were safe in Florida and that she had moved from there to Chicago.

Jennifer Del Rio files for sole custody of 2-year-old twins

Jennifer Deo Rio has extended family in the Windy City, where she earned her GED and started school. She also started an organization to help teen mothers. At the time Del Rio gave no indication that the move was intended to be permanent.

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32 Responses to “Jennifer Del Rio: ’16 And Pregnant’ Star Flees Florida To Escape Abuse, Files For Sole Custody Of Children”

  1. Rina Elizabet

    I think the show is just plain stupid; has no point whatsoever. It's just basically showing 16 year olds that it's ok to get pregnant & have a shot at having a t.v. show. Back in my days if a girl that age ended up pregnant she would get her butt whooped. If children answered their moms 99% of how these teens nowadays do, they got slapped
    to the other end of the house!

  2. Patty Mendoza

    This show makes that having sex without protection is correct. Should be out of air. Kids should be at school. Having friends and leatning about life. Not having chldren and wasting an important time in life. Not ready for kids

  3. Bonny Grotte

    I think the show is stuiped cuz it makes teens want a baby and they would think there man would stick around well they don't be a kid and don't have kids u should wait

  4. Tommy Rabid

    Dear teenagers of the United States,

    1) Dating is temporary. Test a few people out. Since it's not the 1700's, you're not forced to marry or have children with the first person you have a crush on… Enjoy playing the field a bit. Just try and be discreet, and use protection.

    2) Most people under age 25 are still trying to figure out (Realistically) what they want to do with their lives. It's cute that you think your boyfriend will join the NFL, and you'll be a famous TV star… and in a few more years, you'll realize how stupid that is. Since any relationship you get into involves at least 2 people, your odds are doubled that ONE OF YOU will choose to do something that the other is not interested in: Going away to college, joining the military, taking a job that involves moving far away, starting a business, or dating new people… Those things tend to end relationships, and having a child before those decisions are made is dumb. So stop destroying all your options before any are presented to you!

    3) Most importantly: You can't support yourself, so what the hell makes you feel like having a child is a good idea? Your mommy & daddy shouldn't be forced to do it, and when many of them refuse to do it… You make ME pay for it with welfare and social programs that are paid for with MY taxes.
    So, unless you're a child-genius that just landed a solid, $40,000+ job with medical/benefits (HA!) while in high-school, you're not able to support yourself, let alone a kid.

    4) You are unable to impart ANY wisdom to a child, because you are a child. You know very little about the way things outside of high-school work. And with the way education is going these days, you don't know very much in general. Life is far tougher once your parents stop proving things for you. In the end, you're just going to create another dumb, unprepared child that will follow in YOUR footsteps. And trust me, we don't need any more stupid people.

    My vote would be to take your children away, put them in a foster home (With a family that is financially capable of raising them right) and to force you to get your tubes tied until you were old enough to support a family and make sound decisions…..And we wonder why this country is getting dumber!

    Sincerely,
    -Tax paying adults.

  5. Shawnerz Todd

    humans are technically animals, its only fair we should have to spade and neuter our children if we have to do it to our pets…

  6. Ryan Carranza

    The show overall is really just a cash cow for MTV. They bank roll on the stupid decisions of teenagers and then exploit it. The parents of those children allow for their children to be on camera for their own personal selfish reasons. Nobody wins in this show other than the network itself.

  7. Amanda Markland

    Actually some of the most smartest people come from sruggling parents they kno what life is really like cuz they wernt spoiled there whole lives most kids with parents who have money & supported them all their life become drug addicts. I think this post is the most insulting post i ever seen!!! Sometimes people do use birth control & condoms but unexpected shit happens then the kid comes. Somtimes people get raped & yeah they do use welfare. How do you really know what your tax money goes to do you have a tracking device on every dollar??? Stop being a bitch & wining about shit everyone has to do in the united states i get welfare & i pay taxes too they all get it back in some way & so do you every year between january and april. If it bothers you that much then dont fuckin pay taxes quit ur job nobody is forcing you to do anything!!

  8. Dannie Myers

    so true! if I would have talked to my mom in a nasty tone or cursed at her I would have been slapped in the mouth or had my mouth rinsed out with soap.

  9. Toni Shelton

    Whether there was this show or not, teenagers are still having sex and still having babies. If watching a show about girls having babies, mostly left alone to take care of them and the constant fighting they seem to be doing with their child's father makes any teenage girl want to run out and get a baby of her own, she has problems that cannot be blamed on this show……..

  10. Toni Shelton

    Whether there was this show or not, teenagers are still having sex and still having babies. If watching a show about girls having babies, mostly left alone to take care of them and the constant fighting they seem to be doing with their child's father makes any teenage girl want to run out and get a baby of her own, she has problems that cannot be blamed on this show……..

  11. Raychel Powers-Williams

    Yea, because beating a pregnant teen will set her straight?? In some states that could be considered attempted murder. I don't think a butt whooping will stop children from having sex… Teach the kids, don't beat the kids…

  12. Raychel Powers-Williams

    Yea, because beating a pregnant teen will set her straight?? In some states that could be considered attempted murder. I don't think a butt whooping will stop children from having sex… Teach the kids, don't beat the kids…

  13. Dannie Myers

    even if a teenager is pregnant you can still whoop their butts. If they respected thier mom's they would not talk the way they do around them (I WOULD NEVER EVER curse in front of my mom; i barely curse as it is because I was taught not to)

  14. Dannie Myers

    even if a teenager is pregnant you can still whoop their butts. If they respected thier mom's they would not talk the way they do around them (I WOULD NEVER EVER curse in front of my mom; i barely curse as it is because I was taught not to)

  15. Raychel Powers-Williams

    If you have ever seen the show, you would know that the show in no way glamorizes teen pregnancy. In fact, it only shows how difficult it is to be a teen mom and the tragic effects that it has on what seems to be the "perfect" teen relationships. Teens tend to have an idealistic vision of what being a teen parent would be, this show wakes them up to the realities of the situation. Teen pregnancy has been steadily decreasing even with the popularity of this show. If you don't watch it, you have no right to comment on what it is doing to our youth.

  16. Tim Fizzano

    I'll touch it Shawnerz! I think what she meant is: Children from low to moderate income households have learned to do more with less because they've always had to. The part about not paying your taxes however is completely wrong, ask any of the most smartest people you know.

  17. Tommy Rabid

    The only thing they seem to be "getting out of it" is the possibility of getting on TV.

    And having a fun baby shower, with great gifts.
    And the attention from family, friends, and strangers.
    And the chance at getting unconditional love from a baby who doesn't exist yet.

    I don't watch that show about little girls in beauty pageants either, but I have no problem commenting on how gross it is.

    As a informed adults, we can watch a TV show, a music video, or a movie, and immediately recognize when the creative forces have decided to inject a little marketing scheme, or use sex appeal to draw in viewers, or go "over-the-top" to make a point: Most teens don't seem to have that ability these days. They watch things at face value. And the only thing they see when they watch that show is that THOSE girls are getting a lot of attention.

    I'm not just attacking that show, but I'm attacking television in general. It's all garbage nowadays, and loaded with commercials.

  18. Tommy Rabid

    We need to stop making excuses.
    While I agree that this show obviously isn't 100% to blame, I think (As many others do) that it IS a PART of the problem: The media in general is responsible for spreading half-truths, glamorizing negative behavior, "downplaying intelligence, while glorifying sex appeal", devaluing women, emotionally desensitizing our youth, and destroying everyone's self-esteem while simultaneously making us feel like we're the center of the universe and entitled to untold riches. If people refused to watch trash, they would stop producing it.

    Our education system is partly to blame. We're not just creating dumb kids with no problem solving skills, or ability for critical thinking… We've created a zone where you can't fail, or get left behind. How does that in ANY way reflect the real world? Kids are going to screw up, but at least if they do it while in school (And learn from it) there is no major harm done, and they might actually learn a lesson.

    This country has become a social-cultural nightmare. Nobody reads books. Nobody communicates by talking face-to-face: They simply text, e-mail, talk on the phone/skype, or blog. And we wonder why nobody can communicate ideas effectively?! We fill all of our free time with TV, facebook, and video-games and we wonder why we can't establish meaningful relationships!?

    We supposedly treasure our freedoms, but nobody expected us to exercise the right to be stupid, lazy, greedy, self-entitled, short-sighted, narrow-minded, arrogant, and prideful so often. How did it become "cool" to fit into those categories? Why do people seem to idolize the morons on the "Jersey Shore", but they can't tell you who their state leaders are? That's not alarming to any of you?

    We are allowing this stuff to continue by being passive, silent, or remaining willfully ignorant. And it's only going to get worse unless people get off their asses and stop blaming everything but themselves.

  19. Toni Shelton

    To blame this show at all would be to insinuate that girls were not getting pregnant before the show began. And while I agree with you on our education system, I have to say that blaming TV shows or anything else for the way our children are is part of the problem. If people took the time to communicate with their children about what they see on TV and how much of it is scripted and not real would we have this problem? How do we blame television shows for the way society is when we use the TV as a babysitter and entertainment? I am constantly encouraging my kids to spend time with people and discouraging texting when an actual conversation is quicker. I watch some of these shows with my children so I know what it is they are seeing and discussing it with them, giving them feedback on what seems real and what seems set up. My children read because I instilled that in them. And even when as parents we do the best we can to combat the influences of TV and the outside world it is our children who themselves determine what kind of person they will be.

  20. Dee Towers

    Dear teenagers of America stop having babies @ such a young age, it will ruin your lifelong dreams. Babies are not accessories or will they get you a reality show. Stop wanting to grow up so fast a baby is a lifelong responsibility. Enjoy your teenage years you have a lifetime to experience life.