Source: Daily Mail
Country music star Mindy McCready has spoken for the first time about ‘kidnapping’ her son and going on the run.
The singer said she took her five year old son Zander as she feared for his safety.
McCready, who is pregnant with twins, was arrested after being found hiding with her son in a closet at a house in Arkansas having fled from Florida and sparking a nationwide hunt.
But in her first interview since a court hearing over custody rights she said she did not feel she was doing anything wrong in taking her son.
McCready said she would ‘not 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.’
‘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,’ she said.
In an interview to be shown on Good Morning America on Friday, the singer claimed she was forced to take her son as she feared for his safety.
McCready is locked in a custody battle with her mother Gayle Inge.
She said she was so concerned that during a visit to her father’s home in Cape Coral, Florida, she decided to take her son and leave.
‘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 said.
Inge was appointed Zander’s guardian in 2007 while McCready served six months in prison for a probation violation related to an earlier drug charge.
McCready and her son were found cowering in a closet by police in Arkansas following a tip off.
A nationwide kidnapping alert had been issued with US Marshalls hunting for McCready and her son.
The singer said her son was terrified when a SWAT like team grabbed them last Friday.
‘He was screaming, “Please don’t touch me, please don’t touch me, please don’t touch my mommy. Please, leave me alone, I want to be with my mommy,”‘ McCready said.
Police denied they had used any force and had a social worker with them who took Zander into their care.
McCready appeared before a judge in Arkansas and was not charged with any kidnapping offence.
After the hearing she said she was a ‘happy woman’ but did not go into details of the custody hearing.
Her son remains with foster parents.