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Teen Mom OG's Catelynn & Tyler Baltierra Reveal to Family They Are Expecting a Third Child

Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra had a huge reason to celebrate on Monday night’s episode of Teen Mom OG.

The couple told Catelynn’s mother, April, and her younger siblings that they were expecting their third child together after last week’s episode showed Catelynn breaking the news to Tyler.

The two are parents to 3-year-old daughter Novalee Reign and are also the biological parents to 8-year-old Carly, whom they placed for adoption.

April was shocked when she opened Nova’s sweater and saw a pink T-shirt that read, “I’m going to be a big sister.”

“Are you serious? Really,” she asked, tearing up. Catelynn said, “I am! I swear to God! Hopefully, it’s a grand-boy,” referring to Tyler’s wish for a son.

“I’m happy with whatever it is,” April said. “Could be twins, you could get one of each!”

Catelynn called their child a “summer baby.”

The couple told Tyler’s father, Butch, separately. He told the two, “What if it’s a girl? Are you going to keep trying for a boy? Rock it out, baby.”

Last week, Catelynn surprised Tyler by having Nova walk out into the living room with a pink T-shirt that revealed the news to him. She also dropped a positive pregnancy test on the dining table in front of him.

“Oh my God,” Tyler said, seeing the test and quickly dropping his head onto his hands.

Catelynn, laughing, walked into the kitchen as Tyler asked her, “How many did you take?”

“Four,” she said. “Oh my God,” he reiterated, laughing and dropping his head again.

“Fertile Myrtle,” he said as she nodded and said, “Yeah!”

Catelynn turned to Nova, who was standing nearby, and said, “There’s a baby in mommy’s tummy.” The mother of two has not mentioned her pregnancy on her social media accounts. 

On a recent episode of Teen Mom OG, Catelynn and Tyler discussed the possibility of having another baby after he expressed his desire to expand their family.

But despite her husband’s desire for more children, Catelynn — who struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of Nova — openly expressed her fears when it comes to being pregnant.

“It’s a daily fight in my mind to not be afraid of postpartum ,” she told Tyler. “I can’t let my mind stop me from one of the most amazing things ever.”

The mother of two recently entered rehab in early January to deal with “childhood trauma.” She also entered rehab in November to battle suicidal thoughts.

 

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on MTV.

This Scientist Was Abused As A Child By A Relative. She's Fighting For Other Adult Survivors To See Justice.

Purnima Govindarajulu

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NEW DELHI — An Indian scientist who was repeatedly abused as a child by a family member is on the verge of a major victory to help other victims bring their abusers to justice.

Purnima Govindarajulu’s years-long campaign to make reporting child sexual abuse for adult survivors easier in India is finally having an impact, after a minister promised to look into amending the law.

Govindarajulu, a scientist based in British Columbia, Canada, has spent the past two years reliving the excruciating nightmare of the abuse she endured as a child from her cousin’s husband, taking months off from her job to campaign and raise awareness about the issues survivors face.

The 53-year-old, who suffered abuse up until the age of 13 at her family home in the Indian city of Chennai, told Buzzfeed News that her mission was not one of personal vengeance, or to even take her cousin’s husband to court, but to create a system of accountability.

“Predators rely on the shame and silence of children,” she said. “They know that no one will listen to a child over an adult, and many of them carry on abusing children well into their dotage. It needs to stop.”

While Indian law does not technically mention a statute of limitations for rape cases involving adults or children, prosecutions become practically impossible as time passes, due to the lack of physical evidence about the crime.

Govindarajulu wants Indian laws to clarify that adult survivors should be able to report past abuse, no matter how long ago it occurred; police officers and the Indian judiciary to be trained in evidence-gathering for sexual crimes like these, by listening to corroborative testimony rather than trusting physical evidence alone; and the government to offer legal and emotional support to adults suffering from decades-old trauma.

“I was watching television and saw a program on child survivors of sexual abuse. … It was like a light bulb went off in my head.”

Since 2016 she has raised awareness online over the issue, speaking with the police in Canada to understand how investigations for older cases of child sexual abuse are conducted (Canada does not have a statute of limitations), and spreading awareness in India about the importance of counselling for survivors and the necessity of amended laws. She has repeatedly spoken out about her experiences in the press, and registered a Change.org petition that finally got the attention of India’s minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, who has promised that she will look into amending the laws around child sexual abuse to allow easier reporting for adult survivors.

If the laws were to change as Gandhi has promised, it would represent a significant step toward justice for survivors in India. According to the country’s official source on crime data, the National Crime Records Bureau, reported incidents of children being sexually assaulted rose by 82% between 2015 and 2016, with 19,765 cases registered in that year. In the past two months alone, Indian newspapers have reported on the rape of an 8-month-old child by her 28-year-old cousin, and the death of two young girls as a result of sexual assault.

In the rare cases where there is physical evidence of a child having been sexually abused, lengthy forensic processes combined with the tremendous pressure on a minor witness to present their testimony clearly and coherently mean conviction rates for the sexual abuse of minors are abysmally low.

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Govindarajulu’s activism and apparent victory has come at a cost. She has repeated the details of the abuse she was subjected to so many times, that the trips to India are emotionally exhausting. “Reporters want physical details about my own abuse — how often, how far, to what degree,” she said over the phone. “Revisiting these memories is painful, but I know it’s the hook for the press to tell my story.”

She was only able to name what she’d experienced as abuse once she was in her twenties, having moved away from her abuser and even her country of birth.

“I was watching television and saw a program on child survivors of sexual abuse. … It was like a light bulb went off in my head,” Govindarajulu said. “It sounds naïve in this age when you can google just about everything, but this was a time when no one spoke to children about sex or puberty — the first time I got my period I thought I was dying of cancer. There was certainly no conversation about what constitutes a ‘good touch and bad touch’ at our home [the way children are sometimes taught to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate touching now].”

The first person Govindarajulu told about the abuse as an adult was her brother — because she was concerned that her nieces would encounter the same man who abused her.

“He confronted my abuser, who first denied it altogether and then admitted to touching me, but only ‘out of love,'” she said. The man denied ever having touched any other members of their family inappropriately, a claim Govindarajulu suspects is untrue.

“If it means we can move forward, I’ll do it over and over.”

“When my brother and I told the rest of our family about his confession, there were several people who expressed sympathy but continued to invite him to family events and act as though nothing had changed,” she said. “That is the hardest part of speaking about abuse — people make you feel as though your truth doesn’t matter.”

When perpetrators are familiar to the child — as they are in a majority of cases in India and the world — the additional fear of bringing shame to the family or exposing their “dirty secret” to the public is often used to silence children.

When she and her brother first confronted the abuser, Govindarajulu’s cousin admitted that there had always been something strange about the way her husband showered Govindarajulu with gifts and attention when she was a child, even though she appeared to be physically repulsed by him.

Despite this, she asked Govindarajulu to cease her public campaign, as it brought shame to their family. After the first few reports that appeared in the Indian press, Govindarajulu has stopped using her abuser’s name. “It’s enough for now that anyone who knows our family knows who I’m talking about — and more importantly, he knows he’s under scrutiny.”

Over the years, Govindarajulu, who works as animal conservation specialist, and is an assistant professor at the University of Victoria, said her family’s response has improved — several cousins have cut ties with her abuser.

Despite the progress she has made, Govindarajulu said the scars of abuse that she experienced as a child have never completely healed. She takes time out to recover when home in Canada by hiking in nature, and surrounding herself “with love and my dogs.”

“I am financially independent now; I have a system of support that most victims, especially minors, don’t. It’s triggering for me to look back and recount the physical details of what was done to me. I still have trouble with intimacy,” she said.

“But if it means we can move forward, I’ll do it over and over.”

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Shiloh Child Star Blake Heron's Death Ruled an Accidental Drug Overdose: Report

Blake Heron’s cause of death has been revealed, five months after he was pronounced dead at his Los Angeles area home in September.

The 35-year-old former child actor, best known for his role as Marty Preston in 1996’s Shiloh, died of an accidental drug overdose due to the “effects of multiple drugs,” according to his death certificate obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

Heron, who had also previously battled heroin addiction and had completed rehab, reportedly overdosed on the opioid fentanyl and also had other medications in his system.

The Los Angeles County Coroner did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Fentanyl is the same opiate that killed Prince in April and Tom Petty in October.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that fentanyl is 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin. Classified as a Schedule II drug by the federal government, its medical uses are typically pain management following surgery or for chronic pain.

In September, Heron’s girlfriend found him dead at his Los Angeles area home, law enforcement told TMZ. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

When news of Heron’s passing was made public, The Handmaid’s Tale actress and Heron’s Shiloh costar Ann Dowd, told PEOPLE she was deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

“Blake Heron was a very sweet, kind, generous and talented young actor and it breaks my heart to hear of his death. My deepest sympathy to his family,” Dowd said.

Heron had small parts in films like We Were Soldiers and 11:13. He also recently appeared in a documentary called A Thousand Junkies, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Woman Unknowingly Adopts the Beloved Dog She Was Forced to Give Up as a Child

Seven years ago Nicole Grimes of West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, had to say goodbye to her best friend.

Then 14 years old, Grimes was forced to give up her dog Chloe, who was picked out for her by her late grandmother, because her father, who worked from home, found the dog too distracting, reports the Observer-Reporter.

Upset but compliant, Grimes surrendered her dog to Washington Area Humane Society to be rehomed. Ever since that dark day, Grimes has often wondered what happened to the gray-and-black dog she adored.

A random chain of events brought the two best friends back together again, which ended with Grimes answering a Facebook post. Not too long ago, Grimes was scrolling through the social media platform when she spotted a post from a friend looking to find a new home for her senior dog. Since the dog looked like her beloved Chloe, Grimes responded she would take the canine in.

Once the dog was in her arms, Grimes couldn’t get over how much the dog reminded her of her old pet. The pup even acted like she knew Grimes already. So she took her new pooch to a local vet to have the dog’s microchip scanned. The unique number on her new pet’s chip was an exact match for Chole’s microchip number. Grimes new dog was actually her old friend.

“I felt like I won the lottery,” Grimes told the Observer-Reporter. “That was one of the most exciting moments of my life. I just never thought I’d see her again.”

Grimes later learned that after she surrendered Chloe as a child, the dog was adopted by an older couple who cared for the pup until they died. The family of the pair found Chloe a new home with a neighbor, who also happened to be Grimes’ Facebook friend.

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Now 11 years old, Chloe doesn’t look too different from the dog Grimes remembers. She has lost a few teeth and has a little more gray hair, but her loving spirit is the same.

“What are the odds,” Grimes added. “I knew it was going to be her, I just knew it.”

Michelle Branch Expecting Second Child

She’s happy now!

On Thursday, Michelle Branch announced she’s pregnant with her second child and first with fiancé Patrick Carney.

“Well, we were just about to send out Save The Dates for our wedding in May when we got this little surprise,” the 34-year-old musician shared on Instagram alongside a sweet ultrasound video of their unborn child.

“Baby Carney is happening this summer and Patrick and I couldn’t be more excited!” she added.

Branch is also mom to daughter Owen, 12, with ex-husband Teddy Landau.

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The “Everywhere” singer and the Black Keys drummer got engaged on Branch’s 34th birthday after Carney popped the question just as Branch was about to blow out the candles on her cake.

“Thank you for all the birthday love and wishes. Last night, right before I blew out my candles, Patrick asked me to marry him and then I had nothing left to wish for … 34 might be the best year yet,” Branch captioned a photo of her Art Deco engagement ring and her birthday cake.

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The couple met in February 2015 at a Grammys party in Los Angeles. They soon began writing and recording together — they co-produced her latest album, Hopeless Romantic — and fell in love along the way.

In April, Branch told PEOPLE her relationship with Carney and their family dynamic was a lot “like Modern Family.” She and daughter Owen moved in with Carney in Nashville.

“I’d never had someone who was that supportive. He’s an amazing, amazing human,” Branch said of her now-fiancé. “We both just jumped in with both feet.”

Hailey Baldwin Praises Pal Kylie Jenner as 'Being 20 & Welcoming a Child Is Not an Easy Thing'

Hailey Baldwin has nothing but love and praise for her good friend Kylie Jenner after the reality star welcomed her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott.

Baldwin, 21, congratulated the new mother at the amfAR Gala in New York City on Wednesday night, telling E! News that she is so proud of her friend and “can’t wait” to meet Stormi Webster.

“I’m super excited for her,” the model said of Jenner. “I think that she’s so awesome for doing this the way that she’s done it. I think it was a really mature way for her to have handled this whole thing being 20 and welcoming a child into the world is not an easy thing for anybody, so I mean she’s going to be the best mom ever.”

Baldwin also said Jenner was a “very nurturing type of person.”

The beauty mogul revealed the full name of her daughter on Tuesday in a sweet Instagram post of the proud mom’s thumb held in Stormi’s tiny hand.

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Jenner announced her first child’s birth with a social-media post and accompanying video montage on Feb. 4, writing on Instagram, “I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world.”

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She added, “I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.”

A source recently told PEOPLE that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star loves being a mom and is “still over the moon” about it.

“All she talks about is her baby girl,” the source said. “She is surrounded by her and Travis’ family. Everyone is pitching in and helping Kylie so she can do things like shower. But all she wants to do is hold her baby.”