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Jackson case gets attention of DCFS

Paris Jackson’s alleged suicide attempt has turned heads at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services with an agent insisting the 15-year-old should “focus on herself”.

Michael Jackson’s 15-year-old daughter tried to harm herself on Wednesday.

TMZ reports authorities were called to her family’s Los Angeles home after she cut herself with a knife and swallowed around 20 ibuprofen pills.

Late last week it emerged a family court judge had ordered an investigation into her welfare as she recovered in hospital.

Now an agent at DCFS is speaking out about the matter.

"Her focus should be herself,” DCFS Medical Director Dr. Charles Sophy told E! News.

The agency has so far declined to confirm their involvement in the case, saying they are “legally prohibited” from doing so.

In the event it results in a custody hearing the teenager could be asked to testify in court.

"Any child in a situation like Paris' has the option at a certain point in court to have their voices heard,” Sophy said.

Paris is currently under the guardianship of her 83-year-old paternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and her cousin, T..J. Jackson.

She has reportedly been put on a 72-hour hold at a Los Angeles-area hospital but could have left the facility as early as Saturday morning.

Katherine Jackson released a statement after Wednesday’s incident stating the teenager was “physically fine” and “getting appropriate medical attention”.

She cited the 2009 death of Paris’ father, Michael Jackson, as reason for the teenager’s emotional turmoil.

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