- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Medical professionals evaluating Amanda Bynes will seek a two-week extension on her 5150 psychiatric hold so they can properly diagnose her, citing signs of schizophrenia, sources close to the family told TMZ.

According to the gossip site’s report, ever since the troubled actress was taken into custody Monday night, people close to her are convinced she’s suffering from a mental illness.

Miss Bynes was hospitalized and placed on a 5150 involuntary hold for mental evaluation in California, after she allegedly lit a makeshift bomb in an elderly woman’s driveway.

The sheriff’s department then was called by a man who later told reporters that he found the actress lying down near the driveway with her left pant leg on fire. He said she quickly put out the flames and didn’t appear injured, but she said told him her dog had been burned, TMZ reported.

Surveillance footage from a nearby liquor store show Miss Bynes enter with her small Pomeranian that the manager said reeked of gasoline. She rushed to the back of the store to try and wash the dog off in the sink, but “freaked out” and left when the owner confronted her.

“Amanda’s parents will now ask a judge to put the 27-year-old in a conservatorship, a la Britney Spears, because they believe she is unable to care for herself and could be a danger to others,” TMZ reported.



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