Mindy McCready Optimistic Following Child Custody Hearing

Mindy McCready is claiming a partial victory in her efforts to gain custody of her 5-year-old son Zander. The latest development follows Monday’s (Dec. 5) hearing in Izard County Court in Melbourne, Ark., after Arkansas law enforcement authorities found the singer and her son hiding in the closet of an unoccupied house in Heber Springs, Ark., on Friday (Dec. 2). McCready’s mother, Gayle Inge, who resides in Cape Coral, Fla., is the child’s legal guardian. The singer allegedly abducted her son in Florida last week and returned to Nashville. Because court records are sealed in cases regarding minors, the specific results of Monday’s hearing before Judge Lee Harrod are unknown. However, in leaving the courthouse, McCready told reporters, “I can’t talk about it, but I can tell you all I’m a happy girl.” She added, “I love Judge Harrod, I’ll tell you that. I love that man. He’s a good man.” Later in the day, McCready sent a text message to HLN’s Jane Valez Mitchell, stating, “WE WON!!! ZAN STAYS.” No information has been revealed about the child’s current whereabouts, when McCready can return with him to Nashville or whether she will be granted permanent custody. McCready enjoyed a No. 1 country single in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time.” She was arrested in 2004 for fraudulently procuring a prescription painkiller and was featured on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010.