ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Authorities said late Friday they had located country singer Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son in Arkansas and taken him into custody.
Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Terri Durdaller said in an email Friday night that her agency was working with Arkansas state officials to bring the boy back to his legal guardian in Florida, his maternal grandmother. Officials say he’s safe and in good health.
“I’m real excited that he’s safe,” she said. “But I can’t explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander.”
Inge said Zander was taken into custody at McCready’s boyfriend’s lake home in Arkansas. Inge said that her son _ McCready’s half brother _ texted McCready, who responded with a text that said her mother would never see her again.
“I want to wrap my arms around her and tell her that I love her,” Inge said.
Friday night’s developments recap a days-long saga between McCready and her family.
Authorities say McCready took the boy during a recent visit at her father’s Florida home, and a judge there signed an order Thursday telling authorities to take the boy into custody and return him. It’s not yet clear whether the singer could face criminal charges.
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Country singer Mindy McCready is pushing her luck with the legal system by not following a judge’s order to return her 5-year-old son to the care of her mother in Florida, her ex-boyfriend and father of the boy said Friday.
McCready said Thursday she would not bring her son back from Tennessee, despite violating a custody arrangement.
McCready took the boy during a recent visit at her father’s Florida home, and a judge signed an order Thursday ordering authorities to take the boy into custody and return him. It’s not yet clear whether the singer could face criminal charges.
“I’m doing all this to protect Zander, not stay out of trouble,” McCready wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday. “I don’t think I should be in trouble for protecting my son in the first place.”
McCready says she is in Tennessee and cannot travel because she’s nearly seven months pregnant with twins.
The judge’s order means law enforcement anywhere can pick up the boy and bring him back to Florida.