Amanda Bynes Has Been Hospitalized By Police On A 5150 Psychiatric Hold [UPDATE]

The Inevitable?

Amanda Bynes, the troubled former actress who has been wreaking havoc on NYC and the surrounding area for the past few months, has made her way back home to LA and was apprehended by police last night after she reportedly started a “small campfire” in the driveway of a stranger’s home. As I understand it, Amanda had a bizzy and very odd night last night. First she was caught trespassing on the property of a retirement home in Thousand Oaks, CA then she was found next to a burning fire that she supposedly set in the driveway of someone’s home. Police questioned her and determined that she needed to be hospitalized under the 5150 psychiatric hold for the next 72 hours for evaluation. Looking back at the odd behavior she has exhibited in the past year, this development is not at all very shocking to anyone, I don’t think.

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 9pm — 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. 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 … 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. 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.


Hmmm … now this behavior is disturbing. Setting a fire like this randomly on someone’s home is clearly more serious than the silly, odd behavior that Amanda has exhibited in the past few months in NYC. I have to admit, I still have my suspicions about the cause of this behavior but even I have to admit that when a person starts playing with fire in this way (whether intentional or not), they are in serious need of help. For the next 72ish hours, Amanda will be evaluated by psychiatric doctors and then will be released … possibly into the care of her family but, more likely, she will be released on her own if it is determined that she is mentally fit. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but for now, Amanda is in the care of medical professionals … hopefully getting the help she desperately needs.

UPDATE: TMZ has just provided a bit more information about this dangerous incident that landed Amanda Bynes in the psychiatric hospital:

Amanda Bynes didn’t just build a fire in a driveway Monday night … she put a flaming cloth on top of a gas tank … effectively creating a makeshift explosive — this according to an eyewitness 911 call. The caller describes it as a small fire — a flaming cloth sitting on top of a gas tank in a residential driveway. He says the reason he called 911 is because of the gas tank … i.e. the obvious possibility of a massive explosion. The caller says he couldn’t tell if the gas tank was full or not. Thankfully, the gas tank did NOT explode — but as we reported, the fire department rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire … and sheriff’s deputies placed Bynes on a 5150 psychiatric hold.

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  1. Setting a fire near someone’s house is so dangerous…especially in a fire prone area like southern California. She’s very lucky no one got hurt.

    Hopefully this is the first step in getting Amanda professional mental health care.

  2. lolo

    This was set in a friend-of-a-friend’s mom’s driveway. (Yeah I know, but really.) Apparently she LIT HERSELF ON FIRE or at least caught herself on fire – her clothes were literally burning. Yikes.

  3. BC

    Amazing that her wig did not go up in flames.

  4. Our mental heath system is broken, keeping a patient for only 72hrs is not even close to the amount of time needed to observe them to make a proper evaluation. By the time the 72hr time frame comes up yes the patient will be more stabilized but only because a lot of the time its due to any harmful substances such as drugs or alcohol being out of the system. Looking at Amanda’s past actions its very clear something is very wrong and she needs at least a months worth of inpatient mental health treatment to be able to assess and treat her. Sending her away after 72hrs is putting not only her but the general public in severe danger.

    • Megan

      They can change her status at the end of the 72 hours. If she’s still a danger to herself or others they can decide to hold her longer. It’s not like 72 hours is the magic number and they release involuntary commitments regardless of their mental status once those 72 hours are up.

    • @Megan — Yes, you are correct. The 72 is the maximum they can hold a person if they are determined to NOT be a danger to themselves. If they are found to be mentally unstable, they can be held longer.

    • Mike, I think out country needs to have a big discussion about mental health system. We have seen far too many examples of its failure to help and protect both the afflicted and the general public.

      I think the biggest issue is at what point is it necessary to take action on someone who is refusing medical help. At what point can we say that it is right and just to take away someone’s freedom, medicate them against their will, etc. How do we more accurately determine who is a danger to themselves, the public, etc? How do we prevent mentally ill individuals from getting weapons without violating their medical privacy? It is so complicated, and I think it would be very interesting to hear mental health professional debate the pros and cons of options for changing and improving the system.

  5. papa can you hear me

    Where is her family? I don’t understand. Are they in hiding or do they hate Amanda or are they somehow to blame? Its all so strange

    • @papa can you hear me — From what has been reported, her family has repeatedly reached out to help and she has refused to see them.

    • Lulu

      Yep, apparently they moved to Cali to be closer to her, and she moved to New York to get away from them. Really they can only do so much for her when she doesn’t want help! Especially if they don’t have the financial means to chase her across the country.

      So sad :(

    • The challenges of having an adult child with a mental illness are vast. They can legally only do so much if the child is over 18. Hopefully this incident will now give them the opportunity to take action and get her some help.

  6. Megan

    Wow, craziness. Honestly Trent, it kind of annoyed me how you always thought she was intentionally acting crazy because to me it was obvious mental illness. But maybe that’s just the cynicism of dealing with celebrities/living in LA. Idk, but girlfriend definitely needs some help.

    • To be fair, after the bong-out-the-window, police-sexually-harrased-me shenanigans, I stopped posting on Amanda related articles because I seriously considered the same thing. [For the record, I live nowhere near LA (though I'll admit to being a bit of a cynic sometimes, lol).] HOWEVER, this set of events is truly disconcerting. Truth is we don’t know exactly what is going on with her. She clearly needs help. I’m still not sure what kind of help she needs, but I sure hope she gets it.

  7. MzLadyLuck

    wow. I really hope she gets the help she needs.

  8. Trent, it amazes me how quickly you switched your opinion…You were convinced that she was simply doing this for attention and was sane…I wish you would acknowledge this, apologize and move on instead of doing a 180…Disappointing to be honest…

    • @Nisim Z Fra — I haven’t yet changed my opinion. I still have my suspicions about her behavior and intentions going back some time. Setting the fire with gasoline is the first time, IMHO, that her behavior became dangerous. All this talk about schizophrenia is coming out 4th hand at best so we don’t even know what is going on for sure. I’m not doing a 180 at all, I’m merely passing along the information as it is being reported/speculated by “sources” who are not giving any official information at all.

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