‘I was protecting my child’: Pregnant country star Mindy McCready defends ‘kidnapping’ her son


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.

‘Protecting my child’: Mindy McCready told ABC News that she took her five year old son Zander as she feared for his safety

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.

Custody battle: Mindy’s ex boyfriend Billy McKnight with their son Zander 

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.

Troubles: Mindy, seen here in a mug shot from 2007, has been arrested five times

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.

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McCready case raises awareness about parental abductions


Source: Winknews.com

 

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – New developments in the Mindy McCready child custody war.

The country singer went on national television talking about what happened when US Marshals took her son, Zander.

Right now the five year old boy is in a foster home in Arkansas.

But his legal guardians want him back here in Southwest Florida.

In 2007 a Lee County judge awarded Mindy McCready’s mother, Gayle Inge custody of Zander.

But two weeks ago McCready defied that order, took back her son, and went on the run until authorities found her hiding in an Arkansas home.

Last Friday authorities took Zander, which McCready says terrified the boy.

“He was screaming, “please don’t touch me. Please don’t touch me. Please leave me alone I want to be alone with my mommy”,” Mindy McCready told Good Morning America.

The country singer appeared on the morning show Thursday and Friday morning.

In the interview she made accusations of abuse against her mother saying Zander was beaten and forced to speak Gibberish at local churches.

Earlier this week an Arkansas judge put a gag order on the child custody part of the case.

But while leaving the courthouse McCready says she may regain custody of her son despite violating a court order back her in Lee County.

“I do not to this moment and will not ever think that me taking my own child, that I carried for nine months, would ever be breaking the law and what I did was to protect my child and there’s not a person in the world who will tell me that’s wrong,” McCready told GMA.

But committing a parental abduction is wrong in the eyes of the law.

Aimee McLaughlin from the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida can not speak about McCready’s case.

However, she says this whole situation is raising awareness about parental abductions.

“Parental abduction is real, especially in Southwest Florida,” she said.

McLaughlin says there’s 5 cases in our area right now.

The Children’s Network has a team working to find these children.

“We have a missing child specialist who works with local law enforcement, NCIC and FDLE,” McLaughlin says.

She adds it’s their mission to bring families together and parental abductions only make it worse for the child.

“Our goal is to reunify families when it’s safe to do  so. I would encourage those parents to bring their children back and work with us and our case plan,” she said.

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