Update: The Federlines tell People magazine that while the nanny was lifting Sean out of his highchair two Saturdays ago, something snapped in the chair and Sean fell, hitting his head on the ground. A doctor examined the baby the day of the accident and he seemed fine. However, Britney and Kevin were still concerned about bruising on their son’s head, so they took Sean to the emergency room on April 7th. The hospital automatically files reports with DCFS in the case of head injuries and other injuries that can be associated with shaken baby syndrome and other forms of child abuse, just in case. While DCFS visited the Federline home yesterday to complete a report, the case was soon closed. "While there was an automatic report by the hospital to the Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS immediately responded and determined there was no problem and no reason to open a formal investigation…They determined that the parents were not involved in any injury and that nothing improper was done within the home," read a statement from Britney’s lawyer Marty Singer.
Star Magazine is reporting that Britney Spears’ son Sean Preston was taken to the hospital on April 7th. He had fallen out of the high chair a few days earlier and was sleeping a lot, so they brought him to the hospital to have it checked out. It turned out he had a minor skull fracture (sometimes called a "scalp fracture" in babies), and a blood clot. Two of our sources confirm that this does seem to be the case, despite the tabloid reporting of Star, so we’re posting this under the news category.
The following day, the Department of Children and Family Services began looking into the incident. L.A. Sheriff’s deputies visited Britney’s Malibu home to investigate a child-abuse claim. (California law requires that Department of Children and Family Services be notified whenever a baby is brought into the hospital with a serious injury.) TMZ reports that the matter is now closed. They initially said the DCFS had visited on the 8th to finish up reports regarding Sean’s lap ride in February.
The photo used on the cover is NOT from the trip to the hospital. They were taken back in January when Britney and Sean visited a Hindu temple.
Source: Star Magazine, April 24 issue
Thanks to CBB reader ImAGossip, Tianndria, Pamela, and Jennifer.
With a child this age and any injury, a specialized child abuse medical evaluation is required to determine whether the injury is consistent with the explanation. Considering this would be her second referral in a short period of time, it is very possible that she will be asked to enter into a Voluntary Family Services contract so that the County can monitor the family. Children have also been removed from their parents for less than these two incidents combined.
One of our readers wrote in:
As a former Child Abuse Investigator for Los Angeles County, CA, which is where Malibu lies, I can say that it is not the law for a medical professional to automatically report an injury to an infant. IF Children’s Services was contacted, it is because the medical professional feels that the circumstances are suspicious and indicative of potential child abuse or neglect. It is possible that Brit’s explanation for the incident is not consistent with the injury. Also, the medical professionals may have had significant concern about the delay before seeking treatment.