Courtney Love Loses Custody of Frances Bean

Kurt Cobain's daughter has new temporary guardians
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 5:11 PM CST
Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain arrive at a gala on Feb. 8, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Troubled singer Courtney Love has lost legal control over her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and a California court has appointed the 17-year-old's paternal grandmother and aunt—Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's mother and younger sister—her legal guardians. Wendy O'Connor and Kimberly Cobain have authority over the girl's education, health care, and living situation.

The court ruling ordering the custody shift didn't give a reason, but Love's Facebook page has been even less coherent than usual in recent weeks, E! reports. "This doesn't necessarily mean that Courtney Love is an unfit mother and has completely lost custody," a legal expert tells People. A hearing is set for Feb. 10, and Frances Cobain will no longer be a minor after she turns 18 in August.

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