Farrah Fawcett, Redmond O'Neal

Farrah Fawcett's son, Redmond O'Neal, was temporarily released from jail to visit his ailing mother.

At the request of his lawyer, O'Neal was granted a supervised three-hour leave Saturday to travel to Fawcett's home, according to People. He was driven by a Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department sergeant and a deputy and then returned to custody.

A sherriff's department spokesman told the magazine that temporary release from custody is common when family members are gravely ill or when inmates must attend funerals. Fawcett is battling cancer. A representative declined to comment to TVGuide.com about her health.

O'Neal is awaiting sentencing on April 29 after violating the terms of his probation from a previous arrest. The visit, which cost $1,285.39 for personnel and mileage, was paid for by the O'Neal family rather than taxpayers.