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11 Feb 2015 11:28
Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown attend the opening night of "The Houstons: On Our Own" in New York. (REUTERS)
The discovery of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late singer Whitney Houston, face down and unresponsive in a bathtub last month is being investigated as a criminal matter,
police in Georgia said on February 10.
Authorities in Roswell,
a suburb of Atlanta, have been questioning people
about the circumstances leading up to the discovery on January 31 at her home,
but had not made clear the nature of their investigation.
“I can confirm that we have a criminal
investigation ongoing,” Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said in an email to Reuters.
“From the beginning it has always been a criminal investigation.”
Few details have been
released about the 21-year-old aspiring singer, the only child of Houston and
singer Bobby Brown. A family
source said on February 10 that media reports suggesting Brown would soon be taken off life support
were not accurate. Brown’s family
previously has said she was fighting for her life.
A candlelight vigil on February 9 at an
amphitheater 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,” Bobby Brown said in a statement released through
his lawyer, Christopher Brown, on February
“We thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina.
Details needed to be kept private 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 said.
Police have said they responded to 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, police said.
Houston, a six-time Grammy Award winner and actress who battled
substance abuse, drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on February
11, 2012. Authorities said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her
death at age 48.
Brown was hospitalised twice with anxiety after her mother’s
death. She is 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.
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