CAPE CORAL, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Country music singer Mindy McCready says she did not kidnap her child despite taking her 5-year-old son without his father’s permission.
“I am working with lawyers to try to get this all straightened out,” she said in an email to “Access Hollywood. “I did not steal my child, as it would be impossible for me to kidnap what already belongs to me! There never was any missing persons report and never an Amber Alert.”
McCready took her son Zander from her father’s home Tuesday night. McCready doesn’t have custody; her mother does. The singer was allowed to visit Zander at her father’s home.
Department of Children and Families spokesman Terry Field told The Associated Press the agency requested an emergency pickup order, and a judge said McCready must return the boy by 5 p.m. Thursday.
Cape Coral Police Lt. Tony Sizemore says this is not a missing persons case.
“It’s not an abduction, not a kidnapping … a lot less than that,” Lt. Sizemore told CBS Tampa. He added that they have been in contact with McCready and that this is not a criminal matter.
The singer’s brother, Josh McCready, told The Associated Press in a private Facebook message that his sister was “fine.”
“Mindy is fine and so is Zander. There is nothing to worry about,” he wrote.
Kat Atwood, McCready’s publicist, issued a statement Wednesday saying McCready and her son are “safe, healthy and comfortable,” and denies that she has done anything wrong. The statement says McCready has been awaiting a court order on whether she would be awarded custody of her son.
“No Amber Alert has been issued; this is not a missing child case,” Atwood said in the statement.
According to Aimee McLaughlin of the Childrens Network of Southwest Florida, a case manager filed a missing person report with the Cape Coral Police on Tuesday. The DCF spokesman said Children’s Network of Southwest Florida is the Community-Based Care agency for the area.
Since topping the country charts in the mid-1990s with her music, the troubled 36-year-old singer’s life has been filled with domestic abuse, drug and DUI arrests and a suicide attempt. In August, she filed a libel suit in Palm Beach County against her own mother and the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., over a story published in the tabloid newspaper that quoted her mother.
In 2010, she spoke with The Associated Press about her life.
“It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time,” she said. “I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It’s just always been like that. My entire life, things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that’s really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality.”
In July 2007, she was accused of scuffling with her mother and resisting arrest at her mother’s home in Florida. She was sentenced to jail for 60 days for a probation violation and released; she served 30 days in jail. She also lost custody of her son.
And in 2008, McCready was admitted to a Nashville hospital after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in a suicide attempt.
During the TV show “Celebrity Rehab 3” in 2010 McCready came off as a sympathetic figure, and host Dr. Drew Pinsky called her an angel in the season finale.
On the show she said she suffered from love addiction, not substance abuse. In one of the show’s scarier moments, McCready suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where scans showed brain damage.
Also in 2010, police went to McCready’s mother’s home for a report of an overdose, and McCready was taken to a Florida hospital. However, neither the hospital nor McCready’s publicist would say why McCready was hospitalized.
Cape Coral is on Florida’s Gulf coast, about 120 miles northwest of Miami.
McCready also fought the release of a tape in which she reportedly talked about former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, with whom she had an affair as a teenager.
A call to a lawyer representing McCready in the custody case was not immediately returned.
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