Amanda Bynes free from arson charges
Amanda Bynes won’t be charged with arson for Monday’s bizarre driveway blaze, reportedly due to mental health issues.
The 27-year-old former child star ignited a fire outside a home in California on Monday night.
Although it was initially thought the incident wasn't high risk, reports have since indicated gasoline was involved and she also set fire to her trousers.
Media Relations Officer Don Aguilar of the Venture County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Cover Media “no charges” will be pressed against Amanda by his department for this incident “for now”.
The actress was placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold after being taken into custody earlier this week. TMZ reports medical professionals have asked to extend their legally ordained 72-hour observation hold over Amanda because they believe she is experiencing signs of schizophrenia.
It has been reported that Amanda's parents believe she is unable to care for herself and will seek for her to be placed under a conservatorship.
TMZ alleges that mother Lynn Organ and father Rick Bynes wanted to take action earlier, but felt they didn't have sufficient evidence to present to a judge.
According to the website, they are now confident they have a strong case following this week's events.
Despite charges being dropped in Amanda’s most recent case she is still not in the clear.
She faces a driving under the influence offence in California stemming from an incident in April, 2012 in which she rammed a police car.
A judge earlier this month granted Amanda a continuance as her lawyers work on a plea deal.
A hearing in that case is scheduled for August 22.
She is also fighting a charge of driving on a suspended license following a separate arrest in her home state in September 2012.
In New York, Amanda is facing charges of tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Prosecutors accuse her of throwing a bong out of her apartment window during an incident in May in which officers were present.
Amanda has denied any wrongdoing in the latter case.
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