The Department of Children and Family Services continues its probe

By People Staff
December 05, 2007 10:15 AM
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Hundreds of pages of court documents were released Tuesday in the Britney SpearsKevin Federline custody battle – and in them was the revelation that the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is still looking into “multiple child abuse and neglect referrals.”

“The Sensitive Case Unit … is currently investigating multiple child abuse and neglect referrals concerning the above-referenced parents and their family,” a legal filing reads. “The referrals are for general neglect and substantial risk.”

Spears’s lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.

On Oct. 3, Tony Barretto, the singer’s former bodyguard, had requested that the DCFS open an investigation into Spears, citing drug use and other questionable parenting by Spears.

The document, dated Oct. 25, is a request by the DCFS asking for access to sealed documents in the former couple’s ongoing custody battle, to aid their investigation. The court granted the request on Nov. 26.

“Based on its investigation to date, it should be noted that DCFS has concerns of its own regarding the safety and welfare of the children if the children are left in the mother’s care,” the filing continues. “However, although DCFS has interviewed the parents and several witnesses regarding the allegations in the referrals, the investigation is not complete.”

L.A. family law attorney Joel Schwartz, who’s not involved with the case, says an investigation of this kind “would obviously impact any final custody arrangement. However, people often make child abuse claims in custody battles, so it remains to be seen whether the claims are valid.”

Spears and Federline’s next court date is Jan. 23.

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