Mindy McCready and her 5-year-old son Zander were taken into custody Friday evening, after McCready took him from his Coral Gables, Fla. home earlier in the week, where Zander resides with McCready’s mother Gayle Inge, who has custody of the boy.
McCready and her son were found in Cleburne County, Arkansas. Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss tells the AP that McCready didn’t have permission to be in the empty home in which she and Zander were found Friday night.
The sheriff’s department had received reports of “possible occupants in a summer home that was supposed to be unoccupied,” they said in a statement. Authorities entered the home and found McCready and Zander in a bedroom closet. A man, David Wilson, was also in the house at the time.
Neither of them were arrested at that point. The house they occupied was next door to one where Wilson had stayed in the past.
Authorities said officers entered the home and found McCready and her
son in a bedroom closet. A man, David Wilson, was also in the residence.
Moss said neither had permission to be in the residence, but neither
was arrested at the time.
McCready maintains that Zander suffered abuse at her mother’s home and she took him in order to protect him. She tells the AP in an email, “I’m doing all this to protect Zander, not stay out of trouble. I don’t think I
should be in trouble for protecting my son in the first place.”
There is no word yet as to what, if any, criminal charges may be brought against McCready.