People Staff
January 15, 2008 AT 11:00 AM EST

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Superior Court came down hard on Britney Spears for not attending a hearing during her ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline. The 26-year-old singer lost all rights to see her children, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James, who will remain with their father, 29, indefinitely, reports.

“The word victory is not something Mr. Federline or his counsel would ascribe to this situation,” the rapper’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said. “His hope is that he will be able to parent the children at some point in the future with participation from the mother.”

The pop star – whose behavior has become increasingly erratic – apparently the “Gimme More” singer showed up for afternoon session of the hearing, but she quickly left after she saw the paparazzi surrounding the courthouse. “I’m scared. I want to get in the car. I’m going in the car,” she said as she stepped out of her car. When police tried to get her to come out of the vehicle, she replied “No!” and drove away.

In an unexpected turn of events, Spears then headed to the Little Brown Church near her home. “She wasn’t even there for long, just in and out,” assistant pastor Michael Kosik said, adding that even though she wore white, she “did not try to get married. I think she just needed to get away.”

After leaving the church, the troubled singer met her new friend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, and two other companions at a restaurant. “Britney was very quiet and seemed sad and upset,” the waitress who served Spears revealed. “She wore her sunglasses inside. … She seemed drained.”

The hearing was scheduled to deal with the Jan. 3 incident during which Spears locked herself away with her youngest child in her house, then was taken to the hospital. Five witnesses attended to testify against Spears.

The next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19, and a trial is set for April.

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