Amanda Bynes hospitalized for mental evaluation after fire
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes faces up to two weeks in a mental-health facility after being hospitalized for evaluation Monday, when police found her setting a fire in a stranger's driveway in California.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that while 72 hours is the norm in such cases, authorities could seek to extend her stay for up to two weeks if they determine she is a danger to herself and others.
The former child star of Nickelodeon's "All That" and "The Amanda Show" was spotted with flames on her pant leg outside a home in Thousand Oaks, a block from her father Richard's house, reported The Associated Press. Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar told AP that deputies responding to a 911 call Monday night said Bynes, 27, had ignited the fire.
Sgt. Eric Buschow told the Los Angeles Times, "It wasn't an attempt to burn down the house or anything" and did not damage the property, he said.
Aguilar told the website Hollyscoop.com, "Deputies investigated the incident and determined that she met the criteria of [section] 5150" of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. Under this, someone exhibiting a "mental disorder" or who is "gravely disabled" may be taken to a medical facility "for 72-hour treatment and evaluation."
In May, Bynes was arrested in Manhattan and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, as well as reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence after allegedly tossing a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment. She was released on her own recognizance.
Bynes attended a brief hearing on July 9. Prosecutors said no bong had been recovered, which Bynes' attorney said bolstered the actress' case. Her next scheduled New York court appearance is Sept. 26.