Way back in 2008, Lauri Peterson left "Real Housewives of Orange County" after being an original cast member for four seasons. The reason? To deal with her troublesome son Joshua Waring.
Fast forward eight years and it seems Lauri's departure from reality television may have been too little too late. On June 20, Joshua was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
The 27-year-old allegedly shot a 35-year-old man earlier that morning in Costa Mesa, California. A police officer explained in a statement via the LA Times, "Apparently there had been a previous confrontation between [Waring] and the occupants of that residence earlier, and he had returned."
The man that Josh is alleged to have shot is expected to survive, but Joshua will be charged with attempted murder, vehicle theft, felony evading police, hit-and-run and assault and battery due to his actions after the shooting.
According to police, after the alleged shooting Joshua left the scene in a stolen BMW SUV, and proceeded to get involved in a police chase before crashing.
Once he crashed the stolen car, Joshua still continued to evade police, taking off on foot. Police found him hiding in a local business, where he eventually surrendered and was taken into custody. He's currently being held on $1 million bail. Evidence in the SUV showed he was connected to the shooting, but police have yet to recover the gun.
Joshua has had a lot of trouble with the law in the past. The same year Lauri left "Real Housewives of Orange County" Joshua pleaded guilty to three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with an intent to sell and six other misdemeanor counts, all related to drug use or drug possession. He also pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run charge that year.
Unfortunately the legal drama didn't end there. Lauri's troubled son has consistently been in trouble with the law. Joshua pleaded guilty to battery and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2009, and was then charged with resisting a peace officer and drug possession in 2015.
Joshua's most recent arrest occurred in May 2016, when Joshua pleaded not guilty to felony drug and forgery charges, one of which included possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
Lauri has yet to comment on her son's situation. In the past, she has always been vocal about her son's struggles. The former "Real Housewives" regular opened up to Bravo in 2015 about adopting Joshua's daughter Kennady, in order to allow Joshua and his wife to deal with addiction issues.
"As most of the viewers know, I have a son and he's had just a lot of challenges. And he and his wife had a baby almost three years ago. He's really struggling and, well, they're both really struggling. And so [my husband] George and I elected to help out and we actually adopted Kennady, and so we're raising her," Lauri told Bravo's The Daily Dish. "It's been such a great experience because this is helping them out and hopefully they can get their lives together and be OK. But on the other hand for George and I, I've watched him raise his kids, he's watched me raise my kids, but we didn't have a child together and now I get to see a side of George that I've never seen before. And if I was in love with him before, I've fallen so hard in love with him now because he is so generous to take on this huge responsibility."
Lauri chronicles Kennady's life on her own Instagram, and also made one for the tot, @kennadykaydence.
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