Why Did ‘Teen Mom 2’ Leah Messer Lose Custody Of Her Twins To Corey Simms?

Leah Messer and her first husband, Corey Simms, will soon be seen battling over the custody of their 6-year-old twins, Ali and Aleeah, on Teen Mom 2 Season 7.

Although the former couple’s initial court hearing was held last October, scenes from the heart-wrenching event have only just been shared with fans. As People revealed on February 23, the Teen Mom 2 Season 7 trailer features a moment in which Simms is told he has won his battle and will now be the girls’ primary custodian. Meanwhile, in a separate scene, Leah Messer is seen breaking down about the loss.

What happened that led to the judge’s shocking decision? According to an In Touch Weekly report at the time, it was Leah Messer’s allegedly neglectful parenting that led a judge to side with Simms.

Simms “was awarded primary custody, effective immediately” on October 13, a source revealed to the magazine days after the hearing took place. “[Leah Messer] only gets the girls on the weekends now.”

“Leah’s really been screwing up since [Simms’ custody filing], so Corey took her back to court. The judge looked at the girls’ school records, which show that they’ve been late for school, and made the change in custody.”

In addition to the allegations against Leah Messer’s behavior with the twins, the source also revealed a terrifying incident involving her youngest child, Adalynn, 3, which may eventually lead Addie’s father to file for more custody rights, as well.

“Everyone is very worried about Addie. She recently wandered out of the house while Leah was distracted,” claimed the family insider. “Thankfully, a police officer found Addie and brought her back home.”

Losing custody of her children was surely a traumatic experience for Leah Messer, who had been accused of drug use for months prior to the hearing. Luckily for her, she recently regained a couple of days with her children.

According to an Us Weekly report last month, Leah Messer and Simms returned to court in mid-January to reassess their agreement, and after working out a revised plan between themselves, Leah Messer was awarded joint custody and has since had her children from Thursday until Sunday, with Simms having the girls for one weekend out of each month.

“[Leah Messer] is doing great,” a source told the magazine weeks ago. “She had confidence that she would be proven right and get her custody rights back.”

During the hearing, as the source revealed, Leah Messer and her ex-husband “came to an agreement that works best for the girls” and will split their bills 50/50.

“[Leah Messer] was never asking for full custody,” the source added. “She wants the girls to be able to see their dad.”

After the Teen Mom 2 Season 7 trailer was shared on Monday, Leah Messer took to Instagram, where she shared a telling message about being a “fighter,” which read, “She is a true fighter, you can see it in her eyes. She was not born strong, she was made strong. She was sculpted to be her own hero. When the world knocks her down, she just keeps piking herself back up.”

For more of Leah Messer and her family, as well as the family of Simms, tune into Teen Mom 2 Season 7, premiering on MTV on March 21 at 10 p.m. Messer’s second husband, Jeremy Calvert, will also be featured on the show, as will his girlfriend, Brooke Wehr.

[Photo via Leah Messer/Facebook]