- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears was derailed yet again in her struggle to get her life back on track, losing custody of her two sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

A court commissioner yesterday gave sole physical and legal custody of the former couple’s two little boys to Mr. Federline and suspended the troubled pop star’s visitation rights.

Miss Spears was taken to a hospital by paramedics the previous day, after police had to intervene when she refused to return the children to Mr. Federline after a court-monitored visit.

Commissioner Scott Gordon ordered another hearing for Jan. 14.

Mr. Federline previously had been awarded temporary custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, because Miss Spears has defied court orders, resulting in limitations on her visitation.

“I’m not happy about any of these events,” Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said when he left a closed-door emergency hearing yesterday afternoon. “There’s no winners here.”

Mr. Federline was not in court for the hearing, his attorney said.

Miss Spears’ latest troubles began about 8 p.m. Thursday when officers were called to her home to help resolve a dispute over her refusal to turn the children over to Mr. Federline.

It took two to three hours to resolve the conflict, Los Angeles police Officer Ana Aguirre said.

Miss Spears wasn’t arrested in connection with the custody dispute, Officer Aguirre said.

“There was no actual crime that was involved,” she said.

Mr. Kaplan said he went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after Miss Spears was admitted there, but he declined to provide any details about the pop star, her ex-husband, or their two sons.

Miss Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, also would not disclose any information about her daughter’s condition. “Just say prayers,” she told the celebrity news show “Access Hollywood” yesterday.

Hospital spokeswoman Simi Singer wouldn’t confirm or deny reports in press that Miss Spears would be held for 72 hours for psychological evaluation. The reports didn’t identify their sources.

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