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Country singer Mindy McCready has spent almost half of her life battling drug and alcohol addictions, legal problems and suicide attempts. Last week, the 36-year-old former star found herself in trouble once again when she violated the terms of her son's court-ordered custody agreement.
Last Tuesday, McCready took her 5-year-old son Zander from her father's house in Florida and fled the state. (McCready's mother Gayle Inge, who is divorced from McCready's father, has custody of Zander.) Friday evening, Arkansas police found McCready and Zander at a Heber Springs, Ark., home believed to belong to McCready's boyfriend. According to The Associated Press, Mindy and Zander were found safe and sound -- and "hiding in a closet."
"I'm real excited that he's safe," Inge said in an interview with AP. "But I can't explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander."
According to McCready, who alleges that Zander has been abused by his grandparents, she always had her son's best interests at heart. "I'm doing all this to protect Zander, not stay out of trouble," McCready, who is currently seven months pregnant with twins, 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."
For now, Mindy isn't in trouble -- she has yet to be charged with a crime, and it remains to be seen whether any future charges are in store.
McCready shot to fame in 1996 when she headed to Nashville armed with just her karaoke tapes, and released her multiplatinum debut album Ten Thousand Angels later that year. Her women's anthem "Guys Do It All The Time" was an instant smash.
But troubles only followed her from there. She split with her fiance, Lois and Clark star Dean Cain in 1997, and her follow-up albums didn't achieve the same success. In 2004, she was caught with the illegal drug oxycontin, and the next year she was charged with a DUI.
Since then, she's allegedly attempted suicide on multiple occasions, and has been hospitalized and gone to rehab. McCready even appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Inge doesn't seem to hold this latest episode against her daughter; she only seems to want to see her get better. "I want to wrap my arms around her and tell her that I love her," she says.