One time karaoke singer turned country music star turned “Celebrity Rehab” reality show cast member, Mindy McCready is wanted in Florida for taking her 5-year old son Zander from his dad’s home.
The Department of Children and Families filed a missing persons report on Tuesday and a judge ordered McCready to return Zander by Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
There is a nationwide hunt on for McCready and her son. Authorities are calling this a case of parental abduction and the FBI also released a missing person poster for their return.
She told AP that she is ready to risk a jail sentence for her son.
“I’m a mom first,” she told The Associated Press Thursday from Nashville. “No matter what happens, I’m going to protect my kid. If I have to go to jail, so be it.”
In an e-mail to AP, McCready wrote, “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.”
In a twist, Zander said she is 7-months pregnant with twins and cannot travel to Florida to return her son by then. She said she went into hiding in order to escape the scrutiny of the press. Puhlease! Any Z-lister would be happy for all the media attention! I digress.
A rep for the embattled country singer confirmed the pregnancy news to People on Wednesday.
“I am working with lawyers to try to get all this straightened out,” McCready wrote in an email to Access Hollywood Wednesday. “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 reportedly has legal custody of Zander.
Hmmm. Interesting. Let her keep her son until after she delivers? What’s going on here? Maybe the dad needs to fly where she is on his turn to be with his son.
This is such a bizarre and fishy story. McCready has not confirmed who is the father of her twins but New York Daily News reports that it is her music producer boyfriend David Wilson.