Bobbi Kristina’s case is a ‘criminal investigation’: police

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  • Thursday, 12 Feb 2015

In a surprising turn of events, the police have announced that they're treating Bobbi Kristina’s bathtub discovery as a criminal investigation.

The discovery of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late singer Whitney Houston, face down and unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan 31, is being investigated as a criminal matter, says the police in Georgia on Feb 10.

Authorities in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, have been questioning people about the circumstances leading up to the discovery on at her home, but have not made clear the nature of their investigation. “I can confirm that we have a criminal investigation ongoing,” says Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant. “From the beginning it has always been a criminal investigation.”

Police earlier said they responded to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home in reference to a drowning. Her partner and a friend found her unresponsive in the tub and performed CPR until help arrived.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, who family sources say is currently "fighting for her life", is the subject of a criminal investigation into how she ended up face down in her home bathtub. – Reuters

Few details have been released about the 21-year-old aspiring singer, the only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown. A family source says on Feb 10 that media reports suggesting Bobbi Kristina would soon be taken off life support were not accurate. Brown’s family previously said she was fighting for her life.

A candlelight vigil on Feb 9 at an amphitheatre in suburban Atlanta drew hundreds of people and prompted expressions of gratitude from family members – even as they asked for privacy.

“We continue to request privacy in this matter,” says Bobby Brown in a statement released through his lawyer, Christopher Brown, on Feb 10. “We thank everyone who supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers.”

The lawyer criticised erroneous media reports about her condition while maintaining that details needed to be kept private. “This is a criminal investigation and the integrity of that process requires silence,” he says.

Houston, a six-time Grammy Award winner and actress who battled substance abuse, drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb 11, 2012. Authorities said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death at age 48.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was hospitalised twice with anxiety after her mother’s death. She is currently receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to CNN and other media outlets, and her father has been seen outside the facility.

Family friend and gospel singer Kim Burrell told Access Hollywood last week that doctors had put the young woman in a medically induced coma to stop brain swelling. – Reuters

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