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

The weekend developments capped a days-long struggle between McCready and several others, including state of Florida child welfare authorities, a Fort Myers, Fla. judge and her own mother.

Authorities say McCready took the boy during a visit late last month to her father’s southwest Florida home, where she was allowed to visit the boy. McCready’s parents are divorced.

A Florida judge 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.

McCready said earlier in the week that she would not bring her son back from Tennessee, where she has a home, despite violating the custody arrangement. She told the AP that her son had suffered abuse at her mother’s house, a claim that Inge vehemently denies.

“I’m doing all this to protect Zander, not stay out of trouble,” McCready wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday. “I don’t think I should be in trouble for protecting my son in the first place.”

McCready told the AP Wednesday night she was in Tennessee and couldn’t travel because she is seven months pregnant with twins.

The boy’s father, Billy McKnight, told NBC’s “Today” show Friday he spoke on the phone with McCready and their boy after the judge’s Thursday deadline expired.

“He did sound healthy and OK. He wasn’t crying or scared,” McKnight said about their son.

“I think she believes she has a case and doesn’t realize she’s pushing her luck on this one,” he said.

McCready and her mother have had a long custody battle over the boy, who was living with McCready’s mother.

The singer had provided a series of emails to the AP with Lee County Judge James Seals’ ruling to return the boy.

“Mom has violated the court’s custody order and we are simply restoring the child back into our custody,” the judge wrote. “Nothing more. Nothing less. The court makes no judgment about whether Mom will or will not competently care for the child while in her custody. It only wants the child back where the court placed him.”

McCready found fame in the mid-1990s when she moved to Nashville at the age of 18, armed with only her karaoke tapes. Her first album, “Ten Thousand Angels,” sold two million copies.

Her next four albums weren’t as successful. Her personal troubles began encroaching on her professional success. According to her website, she suffers from severe depression.

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