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More information has been released after Amanda Bynes was placed on psychiatric lockdown in California earlier this week, and the details are disturbing.
On Monday night, Bynes started a fire outside of an elderly woman's home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. While fueling the flames with gasoline, she accidentally drenched her Pomeranian. Whatever her reasoning for starting a blaze in a stranger's driveway, she was not aiming to burn up her dog; so according to TMZ, she ran to a nearby liquor store and attempted to wash the pup in a sink. The video is here:
Police investigated the fire-setting incident and determined that Bynes met the criteria for California's section 5150 mental hold, which means the state can mandate that she stay in the hospital for as long as two weeks. (The same determination was made about Britney Spears in 2008, when she refused to release her son Jayden to his dad, Kevin Federline.) Bynes has been in the hospital since, and is apparently exhibiting signs of schizophrenia.
The bright side, if there possibly is one, is that this incident may allow her estranged family to intervene. "Amanda Bynes' concerned parents, Rick and Lynn, haven’t spoken with their daughter since she was hospitalized on an involuntary psychiatric hold in Los Angeles," writes Radar Online. "But [they] are now considering getting a conservatorship over her."
A conservatorship seems to be working for Spears. We hope Bynes can similarly benefit.
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