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Originally posted 12/08/2011 09:05AM
Mindy McCready says taking her son Zander away from his grandparents in Florida was the right thing to do – even if it was illegal.
"I know there are rules that are written down that we're supposed to follow, and guidelines that we're supposed to follow, but there's a difference between right and wrong, and right and wrong in my opinion should come first, always," McCready says in an interview airing Friday on ABC's 20/20.
She adds: "What I did was to protect my child, and there's not a person in the world that's going to tell me that that is wrong."
Originally posted 12/06/2011 04:00PM
Mindy McCready was all smiles as she left an Arkansas courthouse following a child-welfare hearing on Monday.
"WE WON!!! ZAN STAYS," McCready wrote in a text message to HLN's Jane Velez Mitchell that night. "Court details sealed but we love Judge Lee W. Harrod."
The hearing concerned McCready's 5-year-old son Zander after the pair were found hiding in a Heber Springs home Friday night.
Originally posted 12/04/2011 07:55AM
Mindy McCready's life didn't always seem sadder than a country song.
Before the legal drama, controversial courtships, suicide attempts and rehab stints, she was the sexy songstress who topped the charts and made headlines both for her hits and then-taboo navel ring. She was also engaged to a TV star.
But booze and prescription pills fueled a downward spiral that last week may have reached its most precarious point. Now her problems involve a 5-year-old boy – her son Zander.
Originally posted 12/03/2011 07:40AM
After lying low for more than three days, country music singer Mindy McCready and her young son Zander were found hiding together in a home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Friday night, according to David Rahbany, the chief deputy U.S. Marshal in eastern Arkansas.
"The child appeared to be in good condition when we found him," said Rahbany, reports CNN. "He was in the closet with his mother."
McCready has not been charged with any crime, and Rahbany said it is unclear whether any future charges await her.
Originally posted 12/02/2011 03:45PM
Mindy McCready's ex-boyfriend has urged her to get help – and says he doesn't believe the country singer understands the gravity of what she's done by taking their son despite a court order.
"I don't think [she understands]. I think she believes she has a case and doesn't realize she's pushing her luck on this one," Billy McKnight said Friday on the Today show.
He said he believes she won't be a fit mother "until she completes the case plan," and added, "You know, we have gone through this in the past, and there's people out there who can help you, and if you can take that help you can get back on track."
Originally posted 12/01/2011 06:30PM
Mindy McCready potentially faces more legal drama after announcing she probably won't return her 5-year-old son to Florida despite a court's order.
"No matter what happens, I'm going to protect my kid," the pregnant songstress told the Associated Press in a tear-filled interview on Wednesday. "If I have to go to jail, so be it."
McCready also reveals that she and her son Zander are in Nashville. After taking the boy from her father, who has custody with her mother, in Florida on Tuesday, a judge ordered the child returned by Thursday evening.
Originally posted 12/01/2011 03:00PM
Pregnant with twins and embroiled in a dispute over her 5-year-old son, Mindy McCready wants a breather from all of the sudden attention.
"She and the father have been enjoying the pregnancy out of the spotlight," a rep for the troubled country singer, 36, tells PEOPLE of her client who she says is six months along.
"Although they are excited about the baby news, they would like to [keep it] private at this time as much as they can."
This could prove difficult for McCready, whose pregnancy was revealed after a court ordered her to return 5-year-old son Zander to the Cape Coral, Fla., home of McCready's father, who has custody of the child. McCready has visitation.
Originally posted 11/30/2011 06:45PM
The family news continues for Mindy McCready.
On the same day she insisted that, despite reports, she did not kidnap her 5-year-old son Zander, a rep for the troubled country singer confirms to PEOPLE that McCready, 36, is five months pregnant with twins.
According to reports, the father of the babies-to-be is unknown.
Originally posted 11/30/2011 02:15PM
Although the subjects of a missing person's report, Mindy McCready insists that she and her 5-year-old son Zander are safe.
“I am working with lawyers to try to get all this straightened out,” she tells Access Hollywood. “I did not steal my child, as it would be impossible for me to kidnap what already belongs to me! There never was any missing persons report and never an Amber Alert.”
Police say that McCready, 36, and her son disappeared after she picked him up from her father's house in Cape Coral, Fla., on Tuesday. The troubled country singer does not have custody of the child – her parents do – but she does have visitation privileges.
Originally posted 11/30/2011 12:30PM
Police are searching for Mindy McCready and her 5-year-old son Zander, who both disappeared Tuesday night in Florida during an apparent dispute between the troubled country singer and the court system.
McCready, 36, who doesn't have legal custody of the child but is allowed visitations, was last seen after she picked up the boy from her father's Cape Coral, Fla., house. McCready's parents have custody of the boy.
A missing persons report was filed with police, according to the Associated Press, and a judge has ordered McCready to return Zander by 5 p.m. Thursday.
Late Tuesday night McCready posted a Facebook message saying, "My son is not missing" and that "police established that this afternoon via Skype."
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