UPDATE 2/6 5:17 pm. ET: Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter Maddie is “reported to be in stable but critical condition,” the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The sheriff’s report, which did not mention Maddie by name, said the accident occurred around 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, when she tried to avoid driving her ATV over a drainage ditch and overcorrected, plunging into a pond. “The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes. Within seconds the child’s mother, step-father and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail. The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting,” according to the sheriff’s report, which added that ambulance services arrived within two minutes and freed her from the cold water. A source tells Us Weekly the 8-year-old was then airlifted to a hospital in New Orleans.
Maddie’s aunt Britney Spears and grandmother Lynne Spears were in Las Vegas at the time, where the pop star had a show on Saturday night, another source tells Us.
UPDATE 2/6 4:00 p.m. ET: A source tells Us Weekly that Maddie was strapped into her seat belt in the ATV when it overcorrected while trying to make a turn. According to the insider, the ATV tipped over and Maddie was submerged under water in a nearby pond.
“Because she was strapped in, they couldn’t get her out immediately,” the source tells Us. “Rescue workers had to get her out.”
The source adds that the incident occurred on a neighbors property and that Jamie Lynn was present.
UPDATE: The Spears family’s rep released a statement to Us Weekly amid the reports, saying, “The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn‘s daughter Maddie are incorrect. Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, told Entertainment Tonight, “All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie.”
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Jamie Lynn Spears‘ daughter, Maddie Aldridge, was seriously injured in an ATV accident on Sunday, February 5, and is in “extremely serious” condition, TMZ reports. Find out more in the video above, and detailed below.
According to the news outlet, the 8-year-old was riding on a Polaris off-road vehicle when it flipped over. She was reportedly underwater for “several minutes and unconscious,” before being airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Spears, 25, was not with her daughter when the accident occurred, TMZ reported.
The Zoey 101 alum, who is pop superstar Britney Spears‘ younger sister, famously got pregnant with Maddie at the age of 16 with her then-boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. The controversial news sparked a flurry of media attention and ultimately led Nickelodeon to cancel Zoey 101 in 2008 after four seasons. Jamie Lynn welcomed Maddie on June 19, 2008.
Jamie Lynn tearfully recounted her teenage pregnancy in the TLC documentary Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, which premiered in June 2016. “I look back now, and I’m like, Oh, my gosh,” she recalled. “I was a child then. I needed to grow up outside of the world’s view.”
Nearly a decade later, the country singer married Jamie Watson and released her first full-length album, The Journey.
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