Britney Spears in hospital, may lose child visits

Fri Jan 4, 2008 5:50pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lawyers for Kevin Federline, ex-husband of pop star Britney Spears, went to court on Friday seeking to strip the troubled singer of visitation rights to their sons hours after she was hospitalized following a fit of hysterics.

In the latest twist in Spears' year-long personal meltdown, police and ambulances were called to her Los Angeles house on Thursday night, police said.

Television reports showed Spears, 26, being taken out of her home on a gurney early on Friday and driven to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in an ambulance.

Los Angeles police spokesman Jason Lee said Spears was under the influence of an unknown substance and was being detained and evaluated in the hospital. Lee said no injuries were reported.

Lawyers for Federline met in private with the judge handling the child custody dispute on Friday morning and were due back in court in the afternoon to discuss the Spears incident.

According to celebrity news Web sites, Spears locked herself in a room with one of her children and went into hysterics when aides of Federline arrived to pick up sons Sean Preston, 2 and Jayden James, 1, from a court-authorized visit. said Spears was expected to remain hospitalized under evaluation for her mental state for at least 48 hours.

Us magazine, citing a hospital source, said Spears had been designated a "special needs" patient and was under constant watch. Another source told the magazine that in the ambulance Spears had to be restrained like a mental patient and that she "was going between laughing and hysterics."   Continued...

<p>Britney Spears is shown in this frame grab from video as she is wheeled out of the ambulance on a gurney at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, January 3, 2008. REUTERS/</p>