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Couple from '16 and Pregnant' TV show arrested in Ark. on charges of child endangerment, drugs

Ebony Jackson-Rendon (left) and Joshua Rendon AP Photo/Jacksonville Police Department

Ebony Jackson-Rendon (left) and Joshua Rendon
AP Photo/Jacksonville Police Department

(CBS/AP) JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - A couple featured on the first season of the MTV reality show "16 and Pregnant" has lost custody of their child and faces criminal charges after officers found their home was filled with feces, flies and maggots, police said Thursday.

Joshua Rendon and Ebony Jackson-Rendon, both 19, were charged Tuesday after the search of their home at the Little Rock Air Force Base. The Arkansas Department of Human Services took custody of their 2-year-old child, who was born while the TV show was taping.

The couple faces felony charges of maintaining a drug premises and unauthorized use of another's property to facilitate a crime. They are also charged with misdemeanor child endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers arrived at the home after being called in by base officials. According to Jacksonville police Capt. Kenny Boyd, officers found one gram of synthetic marijuana, empty packaging and pipes allegedly used to smoke the drug.

Boyd said the home was in "deplorable" condition, with human and animal feces on the floors and walls in each room. Animal control officers took away three dogs that were kept in the house, Boyd said. The house was full of flies, with collections of maggots in a number of areas, he said.

Rendon's desire to join the Air Force was an element in the show. He and Jackson-Rendon lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., which is home to the Air Force Academy. An MTV bio calls Jackson-Rendon a "military brat," who lived with her mother but spent most of her time with Rendon, who was her fiance at the time.

They both had planned to enlist in the Air Force, but a recruiter told them only one of them could because Jackson-Rendon was pregnant.

A court appearance for them is scheduled for Oct. 6, when they may enter a plea. Both are free on $8,000 bond, Boyd said.

  • Crimesider Staff

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