Mindy McCready’s Son Taken Into Custody in Arkansas

Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son Zander has been taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in Arkansas after they found the singer and her child hiding in a closet, WBBH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., reported late Friday (Dec. 2). The child is the subject of a custody battle between McCready, 36, and her mother, Gayle Inge. The singer, who has a lengthy history of substance and domestic abuse problems, allegedly took the child from Florida earlier this week and returned to Nashville. After missing a Thursday deadline to return him to her mother’s home near Fort Myers, a judge signed an order for authorities to find the child and take him into custody. The WBBH report cites an official from the Childrens Network of Southwest Florida who says the youngster is safe. The TV station said McCready and the child were hiding in a closet in Heber Springs, Ark., a community located approximately 70 miles north of Little Rock. Before missing the Thursday deadline to return Zander to Florida, McCready told The Associated Press it was unlikely that she could make the trip because she’s seven months pregnant with twins.