A judge's gavel. Photo via Pixabay.
A judge’s gavel. Photo via Pixabay.

A judge Tuesday appointed Carol Burnett and her husband as temporary guardians of the comedian’s grandson, whose mother allegedly has substance abuse problems.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah L. Christian said the appointments of Burnett and Brian Miller are in effect through Jan. 8, when another hearing will be held to determine if the guardianship of 13-year-old Dylan Hamilton-West should be extended.

Both Burnett and her grandson spoke via a teleconference arrangement with the court, dealing with system glitches that hindered the audio.

Christian addressed the boy first after being told he had to get back to class at his Ventura County school. He said he agreed to the guardianship.

The judge then turned to Burnett, asking the 87-year-old entertainer whether her daughter, Erin Hamilton, and Hamilton’s former husband, Tony West, approved of the guardianship as the boy’s parents.

“As far as I know the father is fine with it, I don’t know about the mother because I haven’t been in touch with her,” said Burnett, who could be seen sitting next to Miller during the video transmission.

Christian said a lawyer will be appointed to interview Dylan and get his thoughts about the guardianship. At the request of Burnett’s attorneys, the judge also said the boy can transfer if necessary to another school if his current campus closes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hamilton, a 52-year-old singer, is one of Burnett’s three daughters from her marriage to television producer Joe Hamilton. Their oldest daughter, Carrie, died of cancer in 2002.

“Throughout her adult life, and since Dylan’s birth, Erin has suffered from severe substance abuse and addiction issues,” the Burnett-Miller petition reads. “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.”

On July 15, Hamilton sent Dylan and her adult son multiple text messages threatening suicide, according to the petition, which says she was subsequently placed by the LAPD on a hold for “suicidality and drug use” before being released July 24.

The boy’s father is currently in a treatment center himself and when he is released will not be able to financially support Dylan, according to the petition.

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