Britney Spears has opened up about her niece Maddie’s ATV accident on Sunday.
“Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece,” the pop superstar, 35, Instagrammed an image of the 8-year-old girl smiling next to her dog.
Reportedly, the Toxic hitmaker has rushed to her family’s side in Louisiana.
According to PEOPLE, Maddie is in “critical but stable” condition after being involved in an ATV accident shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday.
According to police, the crash occurred on family property in full view of her mother Jamie Lynn, 25, and stepfather Jamie Watson, who tried to rescue Maddie “to no avail.”
After steering the vehicle to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch, Maddie took a hard right and “overcorrected, causing the ATV to enter the pond. The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”
“Within seconds the child’s mother, stepfather and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail,” the report continues. “The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters.”
“This is an extremely tragic accident. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking you to keep this family in your constant prayers as they try to cope with this horrible incident. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time of need,” the report states.
Our thoughts are with the Spears-Aldridge family.