Mindy McCready is not going to return her 5-year-old son Zander to her mother's custody in Florida despite a judge's orders for violating the custody arrangement by the court.
The country music singer told The Associated Press on Thursday, "I'm doing all this to protect Zander, not stay out of trouble." She added, "I don't think I should be in trouble for protecting my son in the first place."
McCready said on November 30, that it was unlikely she would return her son by the December 1 deadline set by the judge because she is in Nashville, Tennessee, and cannot travel because she is nearly seven months pregnant with twins.
The judge's order means law enforcement anywhere can pick up Zander and bring him back to Florida.
McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, was awarded guardianship of Zander in 2007 following McCready's trouble with the law. However, the former country singer said her son has suffered abuse at her mother's house. Inge denies the abuse allegations.
"Once the child is located, we will pick him up and bring him back to Florida," Terri Durdaller, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families told the Associated Press. "Although these circumstances are unfortunate for a young child, his safety and well-being are our number one priority."
McCready also provided a series of emails to the wire service with Lee County Judge James Seals' ruling to return the boy and correspondence with her attorney. Seals wrote to McCready's lawyer, "Mom has violated the court's custody order and we are simply restoring the child back into our custody."
"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," Seal's statement read.
The 36-year-old singer has dealt with domestic abuse, drug and DUI arrests as well as a suicide attempt since the mid-1990s, after she released her double platinum debut album "Ten Thousand Angels" in 1996.
She was arrested in 2007 for getting into a fight with her mother and resisting arrest. In 2008, McCready was admitted to a Nashville hospital for a suicide attempt after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills. McCready appeared on the third season "Celebrity Rehab" in 2010.
"It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time," she told the wire service about her past. "I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It's just always been like that. My entire life, things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that's really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality."