Bobbi Kristina Brown case is being investigated as a criminal matter, police in Georgia said on February 10.
The only child of the late Whitney Houston was face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home on January 31.
Authorities in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, have been questioning people about the circumstances leading up to the discovery at Bobbi Kristina Brown’s 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 told Reuters.
“From the beginning it has always been a criminal investigation.”
A family source said on February 10 that media reports suggesting Bobbi Kristina Brown would soon be taken off life support were not accurate. Her 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 10.
“We thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers.”
The statement criticized 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,” Christopher Brown said.
Police have said they responded to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home in reference to a drowning.
Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, and a friend, Max Lomas, found her unresponsive in the tub and performed CPR until help arrived, police said.
Whitney Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on February 11, 2012. Authorities said drug use and heart disease contributed to her death at age 48.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to CNN and other media outlets, and her father Bobby Brown has been seen outside the facility.
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