Rock-Bottom Britney; in Custody: A Dishevelled Miss Spears Arrives at the Cedars Sinai Hospital by Ambulance Distraught: She Could Lose Her Boys Hostage: Sean Preston after the Ordeal Refused Entry: Federline Leaves in His Car

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Rock-Bottom Britney; in Custody: A Dishevelled Miss Spears Arrives at the Cedars Sinai Hospital by Ambulance Distraught: She Could Lose Her Boys Hostage: Sean Preston after the Ordeal Refused Entry: Federline Leaves in His Car


Byline: Richard Simpson, Laura Roberts

BRITNEY Spears was on suicide watch in hospital last night after beingforcibly removed from her home on a stretcher.

Police took the drastic measures after the singer held her two young childrenhostage for four hours.

Miss Spears, 26, now risks losing the right to ever see the boys again.

She was being held under Section 5150 of California's Welfare and InstitutionCode at the Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, for a psychiatric evaluation.

To segregate her in such a way, doctors will have needed evidence that she wasa danger to herself or others because of her mental state. They can keep heragainst her will for up to 72 hours.

The events on Thursday mark a new low for the young woman who used to be thebest-selling female artist on the planet.

Police were called to her Beverly Hills mansion on Thursday afternoon after sherefused to surrender Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one, to herex-husband Kevin Federline after an approved visit.

Federline has temporary custody of the boys because Miss Spears has failed tocomply with court orders.

When a court-appointed monitor and later Federline's bodyguards were refusedentry, the situation rapidly deteriorated.

In the ensuing hours police attempted to talk Miss Spears around to opening thedoor, while the media gathered outside. …

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