LATEST: The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are to investigate Britney Spears after pictures were taken of her driving through Malibu, California with her baby son on her lap.

Spears claimed she took off without putting her son Sean Preston in his rear babyseat because she was suddenly hounded by paparazzi during a coffee break.

But the DCFS and California police officials are taking a very dim view of Spears' decision to drive off with her baby on her lap.

It is illegal under California law to drive with a child as young as Sean Preston not restrained in a recognised baby seat, and Britney can expect a $270 (GBP150) fine at the very least.

Malibu Deputy Sheriff Mark Winn visited Spears at home yesterday afternoon (07FEB06), to set the wheels in motion for the DCFS investigation.

DCFS officials are refusing to comment about the investigation.