Brit's Parents Fear Her Life's 'At Risk'
Pop star released from psych ward without their consent
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 7:15 AM CST
In a file photo Britney Spears performs with a snake during the finale of the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. Britney Spears has been released...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Britney Spears' parents are terrified of the potentially life-threatening consequences of their daughter's release against the recommendations of her psychiatrist from UCLA Medical Center, where she was being treated for mental problems. "We are deeply concerned and believe her life is at risk," said the singer's parents, who charged that a court order giving Spears' father control of her affairs had been "blatantly" disregarded.

"We ask the orders be enforced so that a tragedy may be averted," they said in a statement. Britney spent her first day of freedom driving around with an unidentified male companion among a swarm of paparazzi. “Patients like Britney go back to their habits until they’ve hit rock bottom," one source explained. Spears' increasingly bizarre behavior resulted last month in a court-ordered termination of visitation rights with her two sons.