Britney Spears’ niece, Maddie Aldridge, is fighting for life after an accident that took place on Sunday, in Louisiana. The 8-year-old has been deprived of oxygen for several minutes.
Maddie Aldridge is pop star Britney Spears’ niece and the daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears. The 8-year-old is currently in the hospital, “fighting for her life”. According to TMZ, the little girl was on a hunting expedition on Sunday. She was on a Polaris off-road ATV when it flipped over and threw Maddie under water.
Sources speaking to TMZ say that the child was deprived from oxygen for several minutes and that her state was very serious. Following the accident, paramedics transported her to the nearest hospital via helicopter.
TMZ also states that Jamie Lynn Spears was not with her daughter when the accident occurred.
Several media channels are reporting the same few details about Maddie Aldridge’s accident. However, a representative for Britney Spears warns that the reports are giving incorrect information. “The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn’s daughter Maddie are incorrect”, said the representative, without giving out the correct version of how thing happened. In return, “the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family”.
Britney Spears’ father, James Spears asked everyone to pray for his granddaughter, ET reports. “All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie”.
This is not the first time Maddie has been on a hunting trip. She and cousins Sean Preston and Jayden James – Britney’s sons, have done this before. “Some good hunting and zip lining for the holidays! Merry Christmas!! ?”, Jamie Lynn captioned this video that she posted on Instagram on New Year’s Eve, last year.
And on Christmas Day:
Jamie Lynn Spears, 25, announced she was pregnant with baby Maddie Aldridge in December 2007. At that time, she was 16-years-old. The father was her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, 18, whom she had been dating for two years. The couple got engaged the following months and by mid-2008, they had bought a house in Liberty, Mississippi, with the purpose of settling down and raising their family there. But in March 2009, the engagement was off. Spears moved out from the home in February 2010, only to come back in August and break-up for a second time in November.
Baby Maddie was a subject of controversy before her birth. Many teenagers who were looking-up to Jamie Lynn, were disappointed of her becoming a pregnant teen. Until then, she has made an image for herself that was in tone with a daddy’s girl behavior. That contrasted with her pregnancy. She was also accused of presenting teenage pregnancies in a glam manner, thus indirectly encouraging it.
Jamie Lynn is currently married to businessman Jamie Watson. The couple started dating in 2010 and he popped the question in 2013. Their wedding took place in New Orleans, in March of 2014.
Of her daughter, Jamie Lynn says she is “a very happy, content little girl, and there’s nothing more a parent could ask for.” In June 2016 she gave an interview to People in which she described how raising Maddie was. “I feel like I’ve raised her with a lot of honesty, but I’ve also raised her with a lot of love”, she told the magazine.