People is reporting that Carol Burnett is seeking legal guardianship of her grandson Dylan while her daughter Erin Hamilton deals with substance abuse issues.
“Due to addiction issues and other circumstances that my daughter, Erin, has been struggling with impacting her immediate family dynamic, my husband and I have petitioned the court to be appointed legal guardian of my 14-year-old grandson,” Burnett says in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Guardianship will be for oversight purposes concerning his health, education and welfare and not intended to deny him nor the parents proper visitation with one another. We look forward to recovery being the next stepping stone towards normalization and ask for privacy at this time to allow that process to occur,” Burnett says.
The guardianship would provide Dylan with temporary care, maintenance and support, as well as allow Carol and her husband to handle their grandson’s affairs.
“Throughout her adult life, and since Dylan’s birth, Erin has suffered from severe substance abuse and addiction issues,” Burnett said in the filing, according to The Blast. “In the past 19 years, Erin has been in and out of rehabilitation centers and has been institutionalized a total of eight times for a minimum of 30 days each time.”
“Dylan’s living environment has long been unstable, unpredictable and unhealthy for a child. This culminated in a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigation and juvenile dependency proceedings in 2018 and 2019,” the filing reads, according to The Blast.
This comes after Burnett opened up to People about her late daughter Carrie (below), who also suffered from addiction.
“My daughter Carrie got into drugs. In that situation, don’t be their best friend,” Burnett told the magazine. “When we got her into a third rehab, oh, she hated my guts! You have to love them enough to let them hate you.”
Carrie, who died in January 2002, “got sober before her 18th birthday, and we had a good 20 years,” Burnett said.
“We were joined at the hip for a while there,” the actress continued. “Carrie died of cancer at 38. But in the hospital, she said, ‘Every day I wake up and decide today I’m going to love my life.’ And that was her mantra.”
Best wishes to all involved.
(via People; photos: Avalon)