A judge has granted a two-week extension of Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold, while her parents will try to seek a legal conservatorship over her today.
If the judge, who held a hearing at the hospital where she's staying, declined to extend the 72-hour hold, Amanda could've walked out last night.
He did not, however, after doctors successfully argued that they need an additional two weeks to properly diagnose Amanda Bynes' severe mental illness.
Amanda was represented by her own lawyer, arguing for the extension to be denied. She will most likely fight any bid for a conservatorship, as well.
In seeking legal control over their 27-year-old daughter, Bynes' parents will argue that she suffers from schizophrenia but will not seek treatment.
This is because in her mind, she doesn't believe she has an illness, therefore the only way to keep her safe is to provide round-the-clock care.
Due to the circumstances surrounding her hospitalization and 5150 hold, it's not a stretch to say she's in danger and could harm herself or others.
Establishing a conservatorship is challenging, however. In order to gain control over her medical, legal and financial affairs, her parents must prove:
- That Amanda Bynes does not have the ability to provide for her own health on even the most basic levels - food, clothing and shelter.
- She cannot make sound financial decisions.
- They can provide a stable home for her.
- There are no realistic alternatives.
We'll know in a few hours if they're successful, but given that she set a random driveway on fire and soaked her dog in gasoline, this might be the best option.
Whatever happens, there is hope. Britney Spears was in a similar position 5-6 years ago and this same arrangement brought her back from the brink.