After a tense few days, country singer Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son, Zander, has been recovered by authorities, reports CNN in a breaking news blog. At 10:44 EST, the news channel reported that Zander had been recovered and is currently in the custody of Arkansas officials. The boy is said to be in good health. Terri Durdaller, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, said in a statement, “We’re working with local law enforcement and the Arkansas DCF, and we’re going to bring him home to Florida to his legal guardian as soon as possible.”
Zander’s legal guardians are McCready’s mother and stepfather, Gayle and Michael Inge. McCready has struggled with drug and personal issues in recent years.
This development is the climax of an ordeal that began when McCready, who has visitation rights but not custody, took her son from his father’s home in Florida and failed to comply with repeated orders to return him. She denied stealing Zamder – “it would be impossible for me to kidnap what already belongs to me!”, she told Access Hollywood – and insisted that she was trying to protect her son from abuse. The singer, who revealed this week that she’s pregnant with twins, also claimed that her pregnancy made it impossible for her to travel.
The Inges told CNN they were relieved for their grandson and hope that McCready “does the right thing from here on out.”
But Zander’s future may still be up in the air. McCready’s assistant released a statement saying that the singer is “looking forward to having her case heard in front of an unbiased courtroom” and that she was confident her son would be returned to her as early as Monday.
So it seems the battle is far from over. Here’s hoping that whatever happens, it’s in little Zander’s best interests.