Amanda Bynes' Parents Headed to Court to Request a Conservatorship

E! News confirms that the 27-year-old's mom and dad are seeking temporary control over their daughter's affairs in the wake of her being detained on a 5150 hold

By Natalie Finn Jul 25, 2013 3:33 AMTags
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Amanda Bynes' parents are taking a cue from the now dog-eared Spears family playbook.

The 27-year-old starlet's mom and dad, Lynn and Rick, will be in court Friday morning to ask that a temporary conservatorship be established to give them control over their daughter's financial and personal affairs, E! News has confirmed.

Their decision comes after Bynes was detained Monday night on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after allegedly setting a fire in the driveway of a home near her parents' house in Thousand Oaks, Calif. No injuries were reported and Bynes was not arrested, according to authorities, but bystanders have attested to seeing the actress' pants on fire.

One witness described Bynes' state at the time to E! News as "frantic and discombobulated."

Ventura County Sheriff's deputies eventually caught up with her and, per a sheriff's spokesperson, soon "determined that she met the criteria of a 5150 [hold]," meaning she had been deemed a potential danger to herself or others.

The Ventury County Fire Department confirmed that they received a call about a "miscellaneous fire" at around 8:30 p.m. and the blaze was put out by local residents.

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If a judge grants her parents' request, they will be legally in charge of Bynes' estate for whatever amount of time the court sees fit.

Per California law, Rick and Lynn would need to show evidence that their daughter is unable to care for herself or otherwise handle her own affairs.

A source told E! that Bynes' pet Pomeranian was handed over to her parents after she was detained and they are currently caring for the pup.

—Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum