McCready's Body Found Amid Filth
Singer lost hope after losing her kids
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Updated Feb 20, 2013 10:56 AM CST
Country artist Mindy McCready perfoms at the CMA Music Festival Thursday, June 5, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Bill Waugh)

(Newser) – Another sad detail from Mindy McCready's final days: The police who found her body were greeted by a tragic scene. Her house smelled of rotting food and dog feces, which were "everywhere," reports People; they also found prescription pills in multiple locations. But they did not find a suicide note, the AP reports. Authorities have sent out her electronic devices to a crime lab in their search for clues. More revelations:

  • Two days before her death, Arkansas' child services department sent McCready a proposed court order regarding her kids going to her mother, from whom McCready was estranged, her friend (and, apparently, unofficial posthumous spokesperson) Danno Hanks tells CNN. That "was the nail in her coffin, the thing that sent her over the edge." McCready and her mother have been in a custody battle for years.
  • McCready had already seen her two sons put in foster care, after a child services agent followed up on a request by McCready's ex (and the father of her older son) to look into the situation. Billy McKnight "felt that she was a danger to her kids and a danger to herself," Hanks explains. McCready tested positive for alcohol (she blamed it on mouthwash), and her children were taken away.
  • As for why she shot the dog first: A source tells Fox News she "really loved" it and probably didn't want to leave it "alone." Hanks tells E! she wanted to "join" dead boyfriend David Wilson and take "the dog with her," since Wilson loved it.

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Feb 21, 2013 8:22 AM CST
Pretty psyched that for once the kids survived the whole suicidal parents thing. Good job CPS
Feb 20, 2013 11:44 PM CST
Not the obit anyone wants, but...., If only Trump could leave us exactly this way, I'll go to church on Christmas for Nana.
Feb 20, 2013 5:45 PM CST
Depression is a b@tch. I sure hope she ( or someone) had "everything" legally in order prior to this, or else it will be for the state to sort out, and unfortunately thats not good for anyone by any means.