’16 & Pregnant’ Couple Arrested, Toddler Taken Into Custody
Jacksonville, Ark., police arrested reality TV stars Joshua Rendon and Ebony Jackson-Rendon this week after police found their filthy home contained drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana. The state took custody of the couple’s young child.
The 19-year-olds, who currently live at the Little Rock Air Force base, appeared on the first season of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” in a plot line that included Joshua Rendon enlisting in the Air Force.
When the police executed a search warrant of the Rendons’ home Tuesday, detectives described its condition as ”deplorable. According to the police report, “Every room inside the residence had human and dog feces on the floors, walls and clothing.”
The house was full of flies and maggots, the police report stated. Photos show dirty diapers, cigarette buds and trash littering filthy carpets in the couple’s home.
Amid the filth was the couple’s 2-year-old daughter. The Arkansas Department of Human Services stepped in and took custody of the toddler.
The teen parents face felony charges of maintaining a drug premises and making unauthorized use of another’s property to abet a crime. They face misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
The two were released from jail on an $8,000 bond, but it’s not known if they have regained custody of their daughter, ABC Affiliate KATV reported.
Military officials won’t comment on whether Joshua Rendon will be disciplined, according to KATV‘s report.
The couple is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 6.