Mindy McCready: Taking My Son Was the Right Thing to Do

The country singer says she took her son Zander from her parents, who are his legal guardians, because she wanted to protect him

Mindy McCready knows she broke the law, but that doesn't mean she's sorry about it.

Last Tuesday, the 36-year-old country star took her 5-year-old son Zander from her father's house in Florida and fled the state, an illegal act because her parents, who are divorced, have custody of the child. On Friday, U.S. Marshals found McCready and Zander hiding in her boyfriend's house in Arizona -- and put McCready through a child-welfare hearing on Monday. Surprisingly, McCready said afterward that she was happy with the outcome of that hearing, though she couldn't reveal what the ruling was.

Perhaps it's because the hearing went so swimmingly that in a new interview with ABC's 20/20 the singer expresses zero remorse for her actions, claiming that Zander is in physical and emotional danger if he remains with her parents.

"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 the interview, which airs Friday. "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."

What's more, the singer, who is currently pregnant with twins, says she's shocked her actions could be considered illegal. By her estimation, it's a mother's right to be with her child -- court rulings be damned!

"(I couldn't) ever think that me taking my own child, that I carried for nine months, that I gave birth to in the hospital by myself, would ever be breaking the law," she says.

During the interview, McCready also recounts the details of the incident in which U.S. Marshals took Zander from her last Friday.

"He was screaming, 'Please don't touch me, please don't touch me, please don't touch my mommy," McCready recalls. "Please, leave me alone, I want to be with my mommy."

Whether that happens in the long-term remains to be seen -- but wherever Zander ends up, we hope it's for the best.

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