Cops Called to Britney’s Home: Former Pop Star Under 72-Hour Mental Evaluation
Oops, she’s done it again. Britney Spears is, again, in the news for outrageous behavior and the welfare of her children is at stake. Local police were called to Spears’ home in Beverly Hills last night, January 3, 2008, for what People Magazine is calling a custody dispute.
Custody Dispute at Spears’ Home
Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, have a joint custody agreement with their two sons, Sean and Jayden. Federline has custody and Spears gets visitation several times per week. On the evening of January 3rd, Spears was supposed to give the boys back to Federline, as her visitation time for the evening expired.
According to People Magazine sources, while Spears’ court appointed monitor was putting Sean into Federline’s vehicle Spears locked herself in room with son Jayden and refused to come out. The monitor then called the police and an hours-long standoff ensued.
Spears and Son Taken to Hospital
It’s unclear what happened after that but the next thing that is known so far is Spears’ was wheeled out of her home on a gurney, loaded into the back of an ambulance and taken away, all the while smiling and crying intermittently. A police spokesperson said Spears was “under the influence of an unknown substance,” at the time of the incident. Jayden was taken in a separate ambulance as well for unspecified reasons.
Jayden has since been released and no reason has been given so far as to why he was taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai. Britney is still at the medical center and has been put on a 72-hour mental lockdown for observation.
Aftermath of Britney’s Breakdown
In past court orders, a judge put stipulations on both Federline and Spears stating neither could ingest alcohol within 12 hours of having visitation with their children. If Spears was actually under the influence at the time of the standoff then she’s in direct violation of the order since she would’ve had alcohol in her system WHILE the boys were in her custody.
Dr. Janet Taylor, a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Columbia University-Harlem Hospital was on the Today show talking about Britney on the morning of January 4th. She stated that she doesn’t think Britney will have complete custody taken away permanently right now but court-supervised visitation could be a possibility of what’s to come next.
Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, will be holding a press conference after an emergency court hearing with a judge and Spears’ lawyer, Tara Scott.
Breakdown: Mental Instability or Substance Abuse
With Spears’ wild nights of partying with random men,head shaving and a blatant disregard for the court’s orders, people have started to speculate whether Spears is suffering from some sort of mental disorder like bipolar or depression or if her problems are stemming from drug and alcohol abuse.
Hopefully this new twist in the Britney Spears saga will be the cry for help she seems to need to get her life back on track.