Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mindy McCready wrote an email to The Associated Press

Country singer Mindy McCready and her son Zander, 5, are in custody after police discovered the mother and child hiding in a closet Friday night, U.S. Marshalls and Arkansas police said.

Officials from the Florida Department of Children and Families said the boy is safe and the agency is working to bring him from Arkansas back to his legal guardian in Florida.

The development is the latest in a four-day saga that began when McCready and her son vanished after a visit at her father's Cape Coral, Fla. Home on Tuesday. McCready popped up with a statement on Thursday, but refused to return Zander to the care of her mother, despite pre-determined custody arrangements and a subsequent court order, the boy's father told the Associated Press.

"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 said Zander was with her in Tennessee when she spoke out on Thursday, but said she couldn't travel because she's nearly seven-months pregnant with twins.

Gayle Inge, Zander's grandmother and McCready's mother, said the boy was with McCready and her boyfriend at his home Heber Spings, Arkansas, and that McCready had one point texted her half-brother, threatening that she would never see her mother again.

But concerned family were able to breathe a sigh of relief after the pair were located, safe and sound, hiding in the closet as police raided the home.

"I'm real excited that he's safe," Inge said. "But I can't explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander."

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

It is not yet known if McCready will face criminal charges.


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