- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - An Arkansas sheriff says country singer Mindy McCready didn’t have permission to be in the unoccupied summer home where she was found Friday evening with her 5-year-old son. Authorities continue to investigate the matter.

Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said in a news release Saturday that authorities located McCready after receiving a report of “possible occupants in a summer home that was supposed to be unoccupied.”

Moss said officers entered the home and found McCready and her son in a closet. A man, David Wilson, was also in the residence. Moss said neither had permission to be in the residence. Neither was arrested at the time.

The boy, Zander, was taken into custody by the Arkansas Department of Human Services consistent with a Florida judge’s order that the boy be returned to that state. The child had been in the custody of his legal guardian, McCready’s mother. McCready didn’t respond to emails late Friday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

By the time Arkansas authorities took country singer Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son from her and into custody on Friday evening, one thing had already become apparent to much of America: McCready’s life has come to resemble a bad country song.

Since her emergence in the mid-1990s as a honey-voiced success story out of Nashville, McCready has been increasingly known for her personal foibles instead of her music.

This week’s custody battle was the latest in a long saga of personal heartache and brushes with the law.

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 McCready’s son, Zander, back to his maternal grandmother in Florida. His grandmother has been his guardian since 2007.

Officials say he’s safe and in good health.

Gayle Inge, Zander’s grandmother and McCready’s mother, was tearful when she talked about the news by phone Friday night with The Associated Press.

“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, adding that her daughter and grandson were found by authorities “hiding in a closet.”

McCready, who turned 36 on Wednesday, did not respond to emails late Friday.

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