Entertainment legend Carol Burnett is trying to keep her grandson safe. The former TV host has filed for temporary guardianship of her 13-year-old grandson Dylan because of her daughter Erin Hamilton's struggles with drug abuse. In court filings, Carol said that Erin had struggled with substance abuse throughout her adult life, and had been in and out of rehab facilities numerous times.
Who are Carol Burnett's daughters?
While Carol has established herself as a comedy icon, most of her fans know less about her personal life. In 1963, Carol married TV producer Joe Hamilton, and the couple had three children. Erin, who now works as a musician, was one of those children, along with her sisters Jody and Carrie. Carrie, who was the oldest sister, died in 2002 at the age of 38 as a result of pneumonia, which was a complication of lung and brain cancer.
Carol and Joe divorced in 1984, and Carrie's issues with substance abuse were frequently cited as one of the reasons for the split. Even as they divorced, Joe and Carol also made efforts to help other parents who were dealing with children who were addicts. In November of 2001, she married Brian Miller, who is the principal drummer at the Hollywood Bowl.
Carol Burnett has filed for guardianship of her grandson.
“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,” the legendary comedic actress, 87, said in a statement to Us Weekly in August ahead of her grandson's September birthday.
“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," she continued. "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.”
Carol Burnett says her daughter has struggled with substance abuse for years.
In court filings obtained by Us, Carol claims that Erin has suffered from abuse problems since her son was born. “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,” the filings say. Carol also said that Erin threatened to take her own life in July, forcing her family to call the LAPD to have them perform a wellness check.
Carol also said that Dylan's father, Kurt West, also can't take care of him because he recently checked into rehab. “Dylan’s living environment has long been unstable, unpredictable and unhealthy for a child,” the documents say. “This culminated in a Department of Children and Family Services (‘DCFS’) investigation and juvenile dependency proceedings in 2018 and 2019.”
Carol also added that she and her husband have financially supported Dylan throughout his life. The TV actress also found a boarding school for Dylan where she says he is excelling.