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Amanda Bynes' mother granted temporary conservatorship; psychiatric hold extended for 30 days
Amanda Bynes, the former child star who has been in a Los Angeles hospital under psychiatric hold for 17 days, was deemed not well enough to attend a court hearing Friday morning, according to People magazine.
Her mother, Lynn Bynes, was granted a temporary conservatorship of the troubled actress at the hearing later, which enables her to make decisions about her daughter's treatment in case the actress is released from a facility where she is being treated for mental health issues.
Ahead of the hearing, a judge granted a request by Bynes' team of doctors to extend the 5150 hold -- under which a person can be held involuntarily -- for another 30 days, People said. It can be ended at any time, according to The Associated Press.
Sources told TMZ the judge traveled to Bynes' hospital to conduct an emergency meeting there. The law states doctors can only get such an order if the patient is "gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder."
The conservatorship decision by Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser came more than two weeks after Bynes, 27, was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital after months of erratic behavior.
The ruling permits Lynn Bynes to control decisions involving the health and finances of her daughter. It will be in effect until Sept. 30.
The actress did not appear in court. Her court-appointed attorney said Bynes did not feel that a conservatorship was necessary.
Reiser said his ruling was based on a doctor's evaluation and an investigator's interview of Bynes. The judge said ruled the actress had a "lack of capacity to give informed consent to medical care."
Her parents Richard and Lynn Bynes sat calmly in court and spoke only to acknowledge that they understood the ruling.
They sought the conservatorship on July 27, days after authorities involuntarily committed their daughter after she started a fire in the driveway of a home in her hometown of Thousand Oaks.
The petition states that their daughter had become increasingly paranoid in recent months and expressed fears she was being watched by smoke detectors and devices in the dashboard of her car.
"We are deeply concerned that Amanda poses a substantial risk to herself, to others, and to property based on recent events in her life," the filing stated.
In May, Bynes was arrested for allegedly throwing a marijuana bong from a window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment. Police had come to the building to investigate a complaint that she had been smoking marijuana in the lobby.
Last year, Bynes was charged in Los Angeles with driving on a suspended license. The license had been suspended after she was charged with driving under the influence and misdemeanor hit-and-run.