Conflicting reports have emerged over the timeline of events leading up to the death of actor John Travolta’s 16-year-old son Jett.
Police forces in the Bahamas say that Jett was left unattended for more than 10 hours — a claim which the Travolta camp is vehemently denying — according to TMZ.com.
Jett, who suffered from seizures due to Kawasaki Syndrome, reportedly fell in his hotel bathroom and hit his head sometime between Jan. 1 and 2 while on vacation with his family.
Though the cause of death has yet to be determined, it is widely suspected that the head trauma suffered in the fall killed him.
Jett, his family, and two nannies took a boating trip before returning to the hotel around 6 p.m. on Jan. 1. After the outing, Jett reportedly went to his bedroom to sleep. Police said that he was last seen at around 11:30 p.m. on the night of Jan. 1.
His body was later discovered by the caretaker, Jeff Michael Kathrein, at 10 a.m. on Jan. 2.
According to Michael McDermott, John Travolta’s lawyer and close friend, Jett often slept for 12 — sometimes 16 — hours a day. McDermott said Jett's absence from the family's activity was therefore not unusual, TMZ reported.
McDermott also said that a nanny or caretaker may have entered the bathroom during the middle of the night, possibly making the time frame even smaller.
The Travolta camp has claimed that few minutes passed between the time Jett hit his head and the time of his death, according to TMZ. McDermott also said that there were attempts to revive Jett at the scene.
"With lots of emotion that goes through a family in a time like this, it's understandable to come to your own ideas or terms, but we have an obligation to assure and convey with our public that the information we give is solid. The investigation is ongoing, but we stand by what we have said," police in the Bahamas told TMZ on Sunday.
There have also been several reports that suggest Travolta, a scientologist, refused to give his son anti-seizure medication.
But Travolta reportedly gave his son Depakote — an anti-seizure medication — for years, TMZ reported. The family eventually stopped administering the drug after it lost its effectiveness, cause Jett “serious physical damage,” McDermott told TMZ.
The grand mal seizures from which Jett suffered were as frequent as once every four days and were considered “extremely serious.”
Travolta, 54, and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, 46, also have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu. The family had arrived in the Bahamas on a private plane Tuesday and was vacationing at their home in the Old Bahama Bay resort community.
Travolta, who gained fame as Vinnie Barbarino on the 1970s television show "Welcome Back, Kotter" and the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever," went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest names. He married Preston in 1991.
A television actress, Preston appeared with Travolta in the 2000 film "Battlefield Earth," based on a novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
In a statement posted on Preston's Web site, the family thanked fans and friends for sending their love and condolences.
Calling Jett "the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for," Preston and Travolta said they were "heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.