Carol Burnett’s teenage grandson is doing well in a temporary guardianship with the comedian and her husband that was imposed after the boy’s mother allegedly developed substance abuse problems, his court-appointed attorney says.
In a report submitted Monday to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah L. Christian, lawyer Stefanie M. Bennett recommends that the temporary guardianship for 13-year-old Dylan Hamilton-West be continued for another year instead of establishing a permanent guardianship.
The judge is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday, when the temporary guardianship she put in place Sept 1 is scheduled to expire.
“The continuation of the temporary guardianship is in Dylan’s best interest,” Bennett wrote. “I request the court continue the temporary guardianship to a date certain in January 2022 for a review of the status of the case.”
The boy does not want to attend Friday’s hearing, according to Bennett.
Bennett said that in preparing her report, she spoke with Dylan; with Burnett; with the entertainer’s husband, Brian Miller; with the boy’s father, Tony West; and with Gabrielle A. Vidal, the attorney for Burnett and Miller. She said she was unable to speak with Dylan’s mother, Erin Hamilton, who is no longer married to West.
“I attempted to communicate with … Hamilton several times (and) as of the writing of this report we have not been able to connect,” Bennett wrote.
West gets along well with Burnett and Miller and supports keeping the temporary guardianship in place, according to Bennett. Dylan enjoys “liberal visitation” with his father as well as attending school, Bennett says.
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,” according to the petition Burnett and Miller submitted last August. “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.”
Last 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 Los Angeles Police Department on a hold for “suicidality and drug use” before being released July 24.