Amanda Bynes Placed in Involuntary Psych Hold After Setting Fire!

photo: foxnews.com

photo: foxnews.com

In some startling news, actress Amanda Bynes has been forced to go into a 5150 psychiatric hold by authorities after she was caught setting fire to some clothing using a plastic gas container that subsequently exploded.  Reports say that Bynes set the fire in a stranger’s driveway  causing a mini-explosioin, but that no one was hurt and the fire was put out quickly by a neighbor using a fire extinguisher.

Authorities then questioned Bynes and determined from her answers that a W.I.C. Section 5150 psychiatric hold for 72 hours was in her best interest.  “(She) met the criteria of 5150 (California Welfare & Institutions Code),” Police Capt. Don Aguilar told sources.”She was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation.  There’s no criminal investigation at this time.

photo: thes4p.com Amanda Bynes during happier times....

photo: thes4p.com
Amanda Bynes during happier times….

Bynes has been in the news more for her outrageous behavior than her acting these days and her actions are reminiscent of Britney Spears mental problems back on January 8, 2008 that also led to a 5150 psych hold before Spears was placed into a conservatorship.  A 5150 hold by definition is necessary when a peace officer deems a person to be a danger to themselves or others, necessitating up to a 72-hour placement in a facility approved by the California Department of Health Care Services for treatment and evaluation.

Let’s hope Amanda Bynes gets the help she seems to so desperately need.

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