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Britney Sprung from Joint

1/5/2008 3:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has confirmed that Britney Spears has been released from Cedars-Sinai hospital, following an explosive morning in which she was done, done, done with it!

Sources say the hospital released her without notifying any of the principals involved in the ongoing kiddie drama. So, you ask, how could she have been released so quickly, given that she had been declared a danger to herself and others?

We're told the "5150 hold" means that she can be held against her will for a max of 72 hours, but if the hospital determines she is no longer a danger, they can release her before that.

UPDATE: Additional sources now tell TMZ Cedars absolutely made the decision on its own -- without consulting any of the lawyers in the case. We're told it is Cedars policy (and the policy of other California hospitals) to evaluate whether the "danger" has subsided at any point during the 72-hour hold.

As we have reported, even though there is significant evidence that Brit has a bipolar disorder, Cedars cannot hold her against her will to treat such a problem. If doctors determine she is no longer a danger, they must let her go -- pure and simple.

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Susan    

First

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Jadey    

This is sickening ...

2380 days ago
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No she didn't......    

WTF?
The system in LA sucks.

2380 days ago
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p.    

this girl keeps getting a break after break. Its pathetic. WHAT NEXT?? Full custody?!

2380 days ago
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lilmiscantberong    

Weeeee!! Here We Goooo!!!

2380 days ago
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mike    

Britney, GET HELP!

2380 days ago
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roughdaddy    

tmz should issue usernames for the website for all commentors! the plagirizing of usernames is getting out of hand!

2380 days ago
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smb    

This just might be the biggest mistake this hospital could have ever made, She holds her kids hostage and has a serious mental breakdown and she is deemed okay to be relased less than 48 hours later?

2380 days ago
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bev    

what in the hell is wrong with these idiot doctors?? giving in to this spoiled brat?? if she is bi polar she is indeed a risk to herslf and others!! i tell ya if i was standing next to brit id clip her upside the head because she is in need of that and some serious help, sedate her if she is acting like a loon!

2380 days ago
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Pam    

So when she kills herself, or God forbid, her kids, can we hold the hospital responsible?

this girl is going to die. her membrain is damaged and she is crazy.

2380 days ago
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Tangie    

Gas station here I come!!!

2380 days ago
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GrayceesMama    

Unreal!!!

2380 days ago
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Arleen    

Why she gets away with everything when a regular person would have sent to jail inmediately after all that she's done!!
I just don't get it!!!!

2380 days ago
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TheLostGirl    

She's still a danger, lets she what she does next...

2380 days ago
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Kat    

Tertiary Syphilis.

General paresis, otherwise known as general paresis of the insane, is a severe manifestation of neurosyphilis. It is a chronic dementia which ultimately results in death in as little as 2-3 years. Patients generally have progressive personality changes, memory loss, and poor judgment. More rarely, they can have psychosis, depression, or mania.

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