Britney Spears Gets Terrible News About 8-Year-Old Niece

Britney Spears’ 8-year-old niece is reportedly in serious condition after an ATV accident.

The incident occurred on Feb. 5. Maddie, 8, was on a Polaris off-road vehicle when it flipped over, TMZ reported. The outlet reported that the girl was under water for several minutes, and was unconscious.

Other unidentified sources told TMZ that Maddie was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The girl’s mother, Jamie Lynn, 25, was not with her at the time of the accident. Her husband, Jamie Watson, was present and had posted a photo on Instagram about an hour before the accident.

“All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie,” Jamie Lynn’s father, Jamie Spears, told ET Online.

A representative for the Spears family issued a statement: “The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn’s daughter Maddie are incorrect. Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”

Several social media users sent the Spears family prayers and positive thoughts.

“Oh god I hope Maddie pulls through and makes a full recovery,” wrote one user. “Jamie Lynn Spears and family are in my prayers #StayStrongMaddie.”

“My thoughts are with Jamie Lynn Spears, [Britney Spears] and little Maddie,” wrote another.

Sources: TMZ, ET Online, Maddie Spears/Twitter Search / Photo credit: Instagram via Aceshowbiz