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Amanda Bynes

Hospitalized

On 5150 Hold

7/23/2013 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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8:35 AM PT
-- TMZ just spoke to the woman whose driveway Amanda built the fire on, and she tells us, she had no idea what was going on until cops knocked on her front door. She says cops asked her, "Do you know anyone by the name of Amanda Bynes, or why she would have some vendetta against you?" She said no ... not surprising because the woman is elderly.

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Cops then described to her that there was a young lady in her driveway, who had lit a fire and was carrying a little red gas tank. The homeowner says cops told her Amanda had burned part of her clothing.

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Amanda Bynes
is currently hospitalized on a 5150 hold ... after starting a small fire in the driveway of some random person's house Monday night, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the fire department responded to the home in Thousand Oaks, CA around 9 PM -- near where Amanda was just accused of trespassing -- after someone noticed the small blaze in the driveway. The sheriff's department was subsequently called when Amanda was found standing near the campfire.

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When sheriff's deputies arrived, they questioned Amanda about what she was doing, and why she was doing it -- and based on her answers, they determined she needed to be hospitalized on a 5150 hold. Translation: her answers were really wacky.

A 5150 hold is an involuntary hospitalization for mental evaluation. Amanda can only be held for 72 hours though.

Britney Spears was famously taken in on a 5150 in 2008 during her pre-conservatorship period.

And just to give you an idea of what Amanda looked like yesterday, these photos were taken at Bloomingdales in Santa Monica just hours before the hospitalization ... around 5 PM.

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358 COMMENTS

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226.

scrappy    

Am I as bat Sh*t crazy as she is or does anyone else see a face in the bottom burn mark?!

355 days ago
227.

Iharttmz    

Hopefully she will get the help she needs. Her parents can take over conservatorship now and she'll get back to normal like Britney.

355 days ago
228.

J.E.B.    

Put her in a rubber room and WELD that door shut!

355 days ago
229.

Yes    

There's nothing funny about mental illness

355 days ago
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After 5150 involuntary 72-hour hold, a person can be held an additional 14 days.
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A bedside hearing is conducted to make the determination.

355 days ago
231.

TAMMY BAMRICK    

AMANDA BYNES IS A MESS! WHAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT SHE JUST GOT A NEW DOG. I WORRY ABOUT THE PUP. IS SOMEONE TAKING THE DOG, I HOPE.

355 days ago
232.

Matt1701c    

Finally, this needed to be done eventually. This might nudge her to do something better with her life. But she might not.

355 days ago
233.

kenblazed    

Finally.. maybe she'll get some help

355 days ago
234.

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Fortunately, this happened in California. Her parents have a greater chance at helping her vs. New York.
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Now California has jurisdiction over her.

UCLA Medical Center seems to have advanced care in psychiatry.

355 days ago
235.

beth    

This crazy b*tch needs to be locked up before she hurts or kills somebody. Her parents have more than enough proof to take over things for a while!

355 days ago
236.

bill    

who caress

355 days ago
237.

Uncle Rufus    

I hope NOW she gets the HELP she apparently needs.

355 days ago
238.

sca    

Today is a great day... not because Amanda may be in trouble, but because hopefully she will get the help she needs! Amanda is a beautiful girl and has some real talent. All the attention she's been getting stems from someone who is suffering mental issues IMO, not like Lohan who is an pathetic human being, who uses people, acting like a self entitled brat.

I am on team Amanda, and look forward to a positive and happy life for her!

355 days ago
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bobjet47    

Looks like a bad trip that went wrong. When you start to have behaviors that are likely caused by Schizophrenia, then it is maybe too late in terms of her mental health. She could be institutionalized for a while

355 days ago
240.

Diane     

Amanda: "Some nice guys in white coats just gave me some candy and a jacket that makes me 'hug myself;! This is so awesome-ly rad!"
Ah, just give her some drugs and a bottle and let her make her own decision about where to spend eternity.

355 days ago
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