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Officials Pay a Visit to Spears

Social workers are called after the singer's baby falls from a chair.

April 12, 2006|Richard Winton | Times Staff Writer

The 6-month-old son of singer Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline fell from a highchair, prompting social workers to visit the couple's Malibu home over the weekend, sources close to the situation said Tuesday.

On Friday, Spears became concerned that her son, Sean Preston Federline, might have a head injury and took him to an emergency room, the sources said. That is when the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was notified.

Martin Singer, Spears' attorney, said Tuesday that there was an automatic report by the hospital to child welfare officials, as required by state law, and "DCFS immediately responded and determined there was no problem and no reason to open a formal investigation. They determined that the parents weren't involved in the injury and nothing improper occurred within the home."

Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said a deputy accompanied social workers to the home Saturday afternoon.

Child welfare officials could not be reached for comment.

In February, child welfare officials visited the couple's home after Spears was photographed behind the wheel of an SUV with her then 4-month-old son on her lap instead of strapped into a rear car seat as required by law.

Spears said in a statement at the time that the photographs were taken during a "horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi."

She said she "instinctively took measures" to protect the baby.

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