Mindy McCready’s personal and legal problems appear to be escalating after being treated for a drug overdose in Florida while facing additional criminal charges in Arizona.
McCready’s mother, Gail Inge, confirmed Tuesday (July 26) to the News-Press newspaper in Fort Myers, Fla., that the singer is being treated at a Tampa-area hospital. McCready was found unconscious Friday (July 22) in the lobby of a Holiday Inn near Tampa.
She was traveling in Florida with William McKnight, 39, who was charged with attempted murder and aggravated burglary in Nashville after allegedly breaking into McCready’s garage and beating her and choking her. The May 8 altercation came just two days after McCready was charged with drunk driving in Nashville.
According to the Tampa Tribune, McKnight told Florida authorities he and McCready had been having “relationship problems” and offered a four-page suicide note he attributed to the singer.
McCready was scheduled to appear in court Monday (July 26) near Nashville for a probation violation hearing. She is on supervised probation for three years after pleading guilty to using a fraudulent prescription to buy Oxycontin in 2004.
Meanwhile, McCready is scheduled to be in court Aug. 1 in Kingman, Ariz., to be arraigned on an array of charges, including hindering prosecution and unlawful use of transportation. Although few details of the Arizona case have been revealed, The Associated Press quotes a police spokesman in Lake Havasu, Ariz., as saying some of the charges stem from an alleged attempt in June to purchase two high performance boats worth more than $1 million.
Prior to being dismissed Monday (July 25), attorney Dennis Tomlin, who had been representing McCready, said the singer was helping Arizona authorities apprehend a con artist who defrauded her and 35 other celebrities out of large sums of money. “She was under the impression that with her assistance in taking down this con artist, that she was free and clear,” Tomlin said.
Discussing her daughter’s hospitalization with the Fort Myers newspaper, Inge said, “We were there all weekend with her. She’s very despondent. Every time she seems to get through something, something else happens.”
McCready scored a No. 1 hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time.” She also scored Top 10 hits with “Ten Thousand Angels” and “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do).”