Thursday 27 April 2017

Britney Spears' niece was 'trapped by her seatbelt after ATV plunged into a pond' as she remains in critical condition

Jamie Lynn Spears poses with her six-year-old daughter Maddie and Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom park August 14, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Jamie Lynn Spears poses with her six-year-old daughter Maddie and Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom park August 14, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
(L-R) Actress Jamie Lynn Spears, Maddie Briann Aldridge, and Lynne Spears in the audience at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/BBMA2016/FilmMagic)
Maddie Briann Aldridge, Britney Spears poses in the press room at the Teen Choice Awards 2015 at Galen Center on August 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Jamie Lynn Spears poses with her husband, Jamie Watson, her six-year-old daughter Maddie and Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom park August 14, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Jamie Lynn Spears poses Aug. 14, 2014 with Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Britney Spears and her sister Jamie Lynn Spears at "The Teen Choice Awards 2002" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Sunday, August 4, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images/FOX.
Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears backstage during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar April 12, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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Jamie Lynn Spears' eight-year-old daughter was trapped by her safety belt after the ATV she was driving plunged into a pond on Sunday, according to a local police report.

Britney Spears' niece Maddie had to be airlifted to hospital after the Polaris off-road vehicle she was in flipped over in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.

Initial reports suggested Jamie Lynn's child with ex-boyfriend Casey Aldridge had been on a hunting expedition, but authorities reveal the accident happened on family property, as the 25-year-old mum and Maddie's stepfather Jamie Watson looked on in horror.

According to the police report from Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Maddie had swerved to avoid running into a drainage ditch.

Maddie Briann Aldridge, Britney Spears poses in the press room at the Teen Choice Awards 2015 at Galen Center on August 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Maddie Briann Aldridge, Britney Spears poses in the press room at the Teen Choice Awards 2015 at Galen Center on August 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

"In doing so, she overcorrected causing the ATV to enter the pond," he explains in the document. "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.

"Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters."

Maddie remains hospitalised in a stable but critical condition.

(L-R) Actress Jamie Lynn Spears, Maddie Briann Aldridge, and Lynne Spears in the audience at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/BBMA2016/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Actress Jamie Lynn Spears, Maddie Briann Aldridge, and Lynne Spears in the audience at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/BBMA2016/FilmMagic)

After news of the accident broke, the Spears family thanked fans for their support as Maddie's grandfather, Jamie, asked the public to keep the eight-year-old in their thoughts.

He told Entertainment Tonight: "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie".

Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears backstage during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar April 12, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears backstage during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar April 12, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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