On Tuesday, May 28, a judge ruled that for the time being Evans will not regain custody of her children Jace, 9; Kaiser, 4; and Ensely, 2; reported E! News.
“Jenelle was stunned that the judge did not give her back her kids,” a source close to Evans told E! News.
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The children are all currently staying with caregivers.
“Of course I would like for Jenelle to get them all back eventually, but certain things have to happen first,” Evans’ mother, Barbara Evans, told E! News. She currently has custody of Ensley and Jace.
Meanwhile, Kaiser is currently staying with his biological father, Nathan Griffith.
According to E! News, the custody hearings began after Kaiser “told his school counselors about the alleged murder of their family pet.”
— Page Six (@PageSix) May 1, 2019
Eason allegedly shot Evans’s dog, Nugget, after it bit their 2-year-old daughter, Ensley, in the face, according to the report.
On May 1, Eason posted a video to his Instagram story of the dog snapping at Ensley’s face, according to People magazine. “I don’t give a [expletive] what animal bites my baby on the face… whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I don’t put up with that [expletive] at all,” he wrote in the video, according to People magazine.
“I’m all about protecting my family, it is my life’s mission. Some people are worth killing or dying for and my family means that much to me. You can hate me all you want but this isn’t the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively. The only person that can judge whether or not a animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.”
Later that same day, Evans confirmed the death of her dog in an Instagram post.
“Nugget … I’m crying everyday. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless…You’re gone forever and there’s no coming back,” she wrote, adding the hashtags #heartbroken and #distraught.
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Nugget… I’m crying everyday. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless. You were my side kick and knew the moment I felt bad and would cuddle with me. You still had a lot to learn and a lot to grow from your lessons. Everyday I wake up you’re not here, when I come home you’re not here, when I go to bed… you’re not here. You’re gone forever and there’s no coming back. #Heartbroken #Distraught ????????????
Following the alleged incident, Child Protective Services removed Kaiser from the house.
On May 10, child protective services “authorized a family member to get Kaiser from his daycare,” a source told The Ashley, which broke the story. TMZ also reported that Kaiser was taken on Friday and is currently staying with his father, Nathan Griffith.
Griffith has been fighting for custody of Kaiser for nearly a year, after alleging that Evans took drugs during her pregnancy, according to Us Weekly. On April 30, Griffith contacted the Columbus County Sheriff’s department to request a welfare check on his son.
— The Ashley (@TheAshleysRR) May 13, 2019
“The male caller referenced making sure his son was safe because his ex-fiancée’s husband shot a dog in front of him,” a public information officer told People magazine.
Meanwhile, Evans said she is “fighting to get my son back.”
“Kaiser was taken away Friday without my consent, before Mother’s Day, and I have been in touch with my lawyer pertaining this matter,” she told Us Weekly.
Until the next court date, a rep told E! News that Evans is “cooperating with the judge and legal team from court.” A source close to Evans added that until then, Evans is “focusing on getting her kids back and she is focusing on working on her marriage.”