Child welfare investigators are looking into "multiple child abuse and neglect" allegations in the custody battle between Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline, according to court documents.
In a request to unseal parts of the case file, an attorney for the Los Angeles County Dept.
of Children and Family Services wrote that there are concerns about the safety and welfare of the two toddlers if they are left in their mother's care.
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A charge of driving without a license was not dismissed and a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Nov. Spears may not visit her two young children until she complies with a court order.
The ruling, which does not spell out what directives she defied, followed an emergency hearing attended by the parenting coach required for previous visits the singer had with her young children. Spears is booked on charges of hit-and-run and driving without a license.
The singer's mother Lynne Spears, was also in court.
The parents sat with attorney Blair Berk throughout the hearing and they smiled and embraced her after the announcement.
A Los Angeles police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the 26-year-old pop star was being taken to "get help" but did not give the ambulance's destination. A court commissioner awards sole legal and physical custody of Spears' two children to her ex-husband, and suspends the troubled pop star's visitation rights.
The Los Angeles Times, citing unidentified authorities, said Spears was taken to UCLA Medical Center to be placed on a "mental evaluation hold." A court commissioner rules that a Jan. courthouse for a hearing in her child-custody battle, but never made it inside, leaving abruptly amid a swarm of paparazzi. Commissioner Scott Gordon issued the ruling the day after Spears was taken away from her home by paramedics.
It was the second time in a week that Spears entered a rehab facility and checked out before her first day was finished.
Spears is seen at a hair salon in Tarzana, Calif., shaving her head.
She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Entertainment Tonight reported on its Web site.