Mindy McCready, Son Found Hiding in Closet

Authorities take 5-year-old into custody, will return him to grandmother
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 8:31 AM CST
Country singer Mindy McCready in a 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Newser) – The latest Mindy McCready soap opera looks to be over. Authorities in Arkansas located the country singer and her 5-year-old son, Zander, hiding in the closet of her boyfriend's home in Heber Springs, reports CNN. They took Zander into custody and plan to return him to his legal guardian, McCready's mother, in Florida. McCready, who took the boy from her mother's home Tuesday, has not been charged, and it's not clear whether she will be, notes People.

"The child appeared to be in good condition when we found him," says a local marshal. "He was in the closet with his mother." McCready's mom, meanwhile, says she hopes the ordeal will be a "wake-up call" for her 36-year-old daughter, who appeared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2009. McCready reportedly is pregnant with twins.

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