Britney Spears' Child Abuse Allegations

Does soda in a baby bottle and a bag of Doritos every now and then rank as child abuse?

Attorneys for both Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were back to work yesterday, for a hearing in dependency court, which handles child abuse claims, among other things. According to our friends at Access Hollywood, these matters will take precedence in Brit and Kevin's ongoing custody battle, with all other issues being put on hold.

"If the county feels the kids are at risk, they will begin an investigation. If they find either or both parents aren't capable or unwilling to parent the children, the county will file a petition in juvenile court, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron told Access. If that happens, Britney and Kevin would be allowed a 'full blown' hearing where they can bring witnesses and experts to testify on their behalf. The judge would then decide if the county needs to step in, possibly taking over custody over the kids, according to Cron."

For now, the details of the dependency court hearing are confidential, so we can't positively say if they are investigating Britney's parenting, Kevin's parenting, or both.

TMZ.com reports that the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services "abuse investigation" into Britney Spears does not involve physical mistreatment of her children. The concern is centered around Sean Preston and Jayden James' alleged "poor eating and sleeping habits."

I have to admit that, just yesterday, I bribed my 16-month-old with cookies and ice cream to smile for a picture at the Sears Portrait Studio. Does that make me a bad mom? 

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