Publicist says Mindy McCready, son ‘safe, healthy’

Publicist says Mindy McCready, son 'safe, healthy' (Image 1)

The publicity company for Mindy McCready called reports that the country singer is missing with her five-year-old son in Florida “misleading”, adding that the mother and son are “safe, healthy and comfortable.”

Authorities in Florida said a missing persons report was filed with Cape Coral police Tuesday night after the 36-year-old McCready took her son Zander from her father's home.

According to Terry Field, a spokesperson with Florida's Department of Children and Families, McCready's mother has custody of her son and the singer was only visiting the boy.

Field said DCF discovered McCready and the boy were not at her father's home and asked a judge for an emergency pickup order.

The judge ruled McCready must return the boy voluntarily by 5 p.m. Thursday or risk an arrest warrant.

On Wednesday night, The Associated Press reported that McCready is in Nashville with her son and will probably not be able to take her child back to Florida to fulfill the judge's order because she is nearly seven months pregnant with twins.

In a statement sent to Nashville's News 2 Wednesday, McCready's publicist Kat Atwood, said, in part, “No Amber Alert has been issued.  This is not a missing child case.  Ms. McCready has not been charged with illegal wrongdoings.  Ms. McCready's No. 1 priority has always been, and continues to be, the safety of her son. The five-year old boy has been with his mother for more than 30 days.  Law enforcement officials spoke with the child and saw Zander via Skype yesterday.”

Atwood said since January, McCready has been “advising the court and others involved” that Zander is in danger, both physically and emotionally at her mother's home.

She said McCready “took action to ensure her son's safety.”

Since topping the country charts in the mid-1990s, McCready's life has been filled with domestic abuse, drug and DUI arrests and a suicide attempt.  In August, she filed a libel suit in Palm Beach County against her own mother and the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., over a story published in the tabloid newspaper that quoted her mother.

In 2010, she spoke with The Associated Press about her life.

“It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time,” she said.  “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.”

In July 2007, she was accused of scuffling with her mother and resisting arrest at her mother's home in Florida.  She was sentenced to jail for 60 days for a probation violation and released.  She served 30 days in jail.  She also lost custody of her son.
In 2008, McCready was admitted to a Nashville hospital after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in a suicide attempt.

During the TV show “Celebrity Rehab 3” in 2010, McCready came off as a sympathetic figure, and host Dr. Drew Pinsky called her an angel in the season finale.

On the show she said she suffered from love addiction, not substance abuse.  In one of the show's scarier moments, McCready suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where scans showed brain damage.

Also in 2010, police went to McCready's mother's home for a report of an overdose, and McCready was taken to a Florida hospital.  However, neither the hospital nor McCready's publicist would say why McCready was hospitalized.

McCready also fought the release of a tape in which she reportedly talked about former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, with whom she had an affair as a teenager.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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