Police treat Bobbi Kristina Brown case as criminal investigation

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:32pm EST
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By Karen Brooks

(Reuters) - The discovery of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late singer Whitney Houston, face down and unresponsive in a bathtub last month is being investigated as a criminal matter, police in Georgia said on Tuesday.

Authorities in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, have been questioning people about the circumstances leading up to the discovery on Jan. 31 at her home, but had not made clear the nature of their investigation.

"I can confirm that we have a criminal investigation ongoing," Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said in an email to Reuters. "From the beginning it has always been a criminal investigation."

Few details have been released about the 21-year-old aspiring singer, the only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown.

A family source said Tuesday that media reports suggesting Bobbi Kristina would soon be taken off life support were not accurate. Brown's family previously has said she was fighting for her life.

A candlelight vigil Monday at an amphitheater in suburban Atlanta drew hundreds of people and prompted expressions of gratitude from family members - even as they asked for privacy.

"We continue to request privacy in this matter," Bobby Brown said in a statement released through his lawyer, Christopher Brown, on Tuesday. "We thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers."

The lawyer criticized erroneous media reports about her condition while maintaining that details needed to be kept private.   Continued...

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, poses at the premiere of "Sparkle" in Hollywood, California August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser