Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son Zander was beaten with a wooden spoon by her mother, the singer alleges in an interview that aired Friday (Dec. 9) on ABC’s Good Morning America. McCready claims the child was scarred on his back, bottom and legs from the spoon.
In the ABC interview, McCready stated, “My mother believes she is a prophet sent from God. They see dead people all the time in their home — demons, spirits, ghosts. They were encouraging my son to go around with them to churches and go up onstage and scream jibberish.”
McCready’s mother, Gayle Inge of Cape Coral, Fla., is Zander’s legal guardian. During an interview with ABC News, Inge denied Zander was abused.
“I have been Zander’s guardian for four and a-half years,” she said. “There has been all kinds of scrutiny. He has never been abused in our care.”
The singer, who is pregnant with twins, allegedly abducted her son in Florida last week and returned to Nashville. On Dec. 2, they were found hiding in the closet of an unoccupied vacation house in Heber Springs, Ark.
McCready earned 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. She will be featured in an extensive profile on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday night (Dec. 9).