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OTRC: Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son in police custody

Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son Zander is in custody after police finally found him and the country singer.

McCready and Zander were found "hiding in a closet" in Heber Springs, Arkansas on Friday night. Officials told the Associated Press that the child is safe and in good health. It is unclear whether the singer will face criminal charges.

"I'm real excited that he's safe," Gayle Inge, Zander's grandmother and guardian told the wire service. "But I can't explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander."

Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Terri Durdaller said they planned to bring Zander back to his maternal grandmother in Florida.

"I want to wrap my arms around her and tell her that I love her," Inge said of her daughter.

McCready, a country singer who hit it big during the 1990s, violated a custody agreement in Florida when she took her son out of the state and brought him to Tennessee on November 29. McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, was awarded guardianship of Zander in 2007 following McCready's trouble with the law.

A Florida judge gave McCready until December 1 to return the boy to Inge but McCready said she was not going to return her son because she is in Nashville, Tennessee, and cannot travel due to the fact that she is nearly seven months pregnant with twins. The singer also claimed her son suffered abuse at her mother's house. Inge denied the abuse allegations.

"Once the child is located, we will pick him up and bring him back to Florida," Durdaller told the Associated Press at the time. "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."


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