Friday, 2 December 2011

Mindy McCready - The Troubled Country Star

Mindy McCready - The troubled country star, son reported missing in Florida

Mindy McCready and son reported missing

Mindy McCready
(photo: John Russell/AP)

On Nov. 30, 2011 Florida authorities announced that country singer Mindy McCready was missing with her 5-year-old son, and a judge has given her until Thursday to return the boy.
The state Department of Children and Families (DCF) says a missing persons report was filed with Cape Coral police Tuesday night after McCready took her son Zander from her father's home.

McCready doesn't have custody of her son — her mother does — and the singer was allowed to visit the boy at her father's home, according to a department spokesman. On Tuesday, DCF discovered that McCready and the boy were not at her father's home.
DCF spokesman Terry Field told The Associated Press the agency asked a Lee County judge for an emergency pickup order, and the judge ruled McCready must return the boy voluntarily by 5 p.m. Thursday or risk an arrest warrant.
Cape Coral Police Lt. Tony Sizemore said that so far, there's "no criminal act." - "There's a lot more questions than answers at this point," he said.

The singer's brother, Josh McCready, told The Associated Press in a private Facebook message that his sister was "fine."
"Mindy is fine and so is Zander. There is nothing to worry about," he wrote.

Since topping the country charts in the mid-1990s and looking like the future was bright with regards to her music the troubled 36-year-old singer's life has been filled with domestic abuse, drug and DUI arrests and a suicide attempt. In August, she filed a libel suit in Palm Beach County against her own mother and the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., over a story published in the tabloid newspaper that quoted her mother.
In 2010, Mindy spoke with The Associated Press about her life.
"It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time," she said. "I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It's just always been like that. My entire life, things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that's really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality."

In July 2007, she was accused of scuffling with her mother and resisting arrest at her mother's home in Florida. She was sentenced to jail for 60 days for a probation violation and released; she served 30 days in jail. She also lost custody of her son.
And in 2008, McCready was admitted to a Nashville hospital after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in a suicide attempt.
During the TV show "Celebrity Rehab 3" in 2010 McCready came off as a sympathetic figure, and host Dr. Drew Pinsky called her an angel in the season finale.
On the show she said she suffered from love addiction, not substance abuse. In one of the show's scarier moments, McCready suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where scans showed brain damage.

Then in 2010, police went to McCready's mother's home for a report of an overdose, and McCready was taken to a Florida hospital. However, neither the hospital nor McCready's publicist would say why McCready was hospitalized.
McCready also fought the release of a tape in which she reportedly talked about former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, with whom she had an affair as a teenager.

Mindy McCready pregnant with twins

Later on Nov. 30, 2011 the Associated Press reported that Mindy McCready said she will probably not be able to bring her 5-year-old son back to Florida to fulfill a judge's order by Thursday afternoon— because she is nearly 7 months pregnant with twins. By not returning as ordered, she risked arrest.
Speaking exclusively to The Associated Press (AP), McCready said that she and her mother have had a long custody battle in Florida over Zander. Her mother was awarded guardianship in 2007. McCready was able to visit with the boy there under a court order and the 36-year-old singer said she had spent much of the past month with her son at the home. Her mother and father are divorced.
McCready alleges that her son suffered abuse while living at her mother's home and that is one of the reasons why she left with the boy last week.
"I'm a mom first," said McCready from Nashville, Tenn. "No matter what happens, I'm going to protect my kid. If I have to go to jail, so be it."
When reached at her Lee County home Wednesday night, McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, said the abuse allegations are "absolutely not true."

During the interview with the AP, a tearful McCready recounted a messy and confusing tale of court custody battles and family fights. McCready is suing her mother and a tabloid newspaper for libel in a Palm Beach County court.

Both McCready and her mother agree that a Florida judge had heard testimony during court hearings at the end of October and early November regarding the singer regaining custody of Zander. Both women agree that the judge had not yet ruled and that he said for now, the boy should remain with his grandmother.
McCready, whose son could be heard giggling on the other end of the line Wednesday as his mother spoke to the AP, said the father of her twins is a music producer named David who is supportive of her quest to regain custody of Zander.
Wednesday was McCready's 36th birthday.
"I hope that for my birthday, I get my son forever," McCready said
 Judge to Mindy McCready: “return son to Florida

On Thursday Dec. 1, 2011 the AP reported a Florida judge says country singer Mindy McCready has violated a custody order and wants her 5-year-old son back in the state.
In a series of emails provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by McCready, Lee County Judge James Seals wrote to McCready's lawyer that once the boy is back in Florida "we'll pick up the pieces."
McCready said she was in Tennessee and will probably not be able to bring her son back to Florida.

In regard to the misleading "missing reports" surrounding Mindy McCready and her son, Zander:
McCready and son are safe, healthy and comfortable. No Amber Alert has been issued; this is not a missing child case. Ms. McCready has not been charged with illegal wrongdoings. Ms. McCready's number one priority has always been, and continues to be, the safety of her son. The 5-year old boy has been with his mother for more than 30 days; law enforcement officials spoke with the child and saw Zander via skype yesterday.

From McCready’s personal facebook page:

"FB Friends I know it has been a long time since you have heard from me... I have been fighting the Florida court system to protect my son, and bring him home. Wink TV has once again reported nothing but lies and they are most likely being supported by the attorney for DCF child services.
There is NO AMBER ALERT and my son is not missing! Detectives from the Cape Coral Police department established that this afternoon via Skype. Please do not worry or support anything they [the mom and ex-husband] continue to lie about!! Thanks Always.... Mindy"

Mindy McCready - Better times and chart success
Cover Art
Ten Thousand Angels

Back in 1996 Mindy released her debut album TEN THOUSAND ANGELS on BNA Records. It sold million copies and was certified double platinum. The album reached #5 on the Billboard Country charts and spurned 4 chart singles. The first single and title cut Ten Thousand Angels, reached #6, and the follow up was "Guys Do It All the Time” which was a #1 hit. "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", which featured backing vocals from Richie McDonald peaked at #18 and the final single "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" reached  #4 in 1997.

IF I DON'T STAY THE NIGHT was her second album with BNA Records (released on November 4, 1997) and reached  number 12 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album has sold in excess on 825,000 copies received gold certification. In fact her track "Oh Romeo" crossed over the pond reaching  #41 on the UK Singles Chart.

I'M NOT SO TOUGH was her third album and fared less well in 1999 peaking at 17 on the US country charts and in a bid at a crossover adult pop record was less well received. The title cut "I'm Not So Tough" was a cover of the debut single by Dutch singer Ilse DeLange and the song “Thunder and Roses” later in 2001 it became a title cut for Pam Tillis recorded in 1998. McCready was then to part ways with the label

MINDY McCREADY was her self-titled fourth studio (see Cover)  this time released by Capitol Nashville in 2002, this peaked at   #29 on the US country charts.
In late July 2008 McCready's hopes were dashed for a possible comeback. reported the singer was in rehab. McCready's rep said, "To her credit, she has entered into an extended-care facility where she will receive the care needed." In June 2008 McCready was arrested in Tennessee and charged with violating probation for a 2004 drug charge.

Fast forward to February  2010 and nothing apparently seems simple for Mindy McCready anymore -
Iconic Records/Linus Entertainment/E1 Entertainment said in a press release they would release I'M STILL HERE March 23, 2010. In a statement Wednesday from McCready, that is not the full story - "The announcements for release of a Mindy record on March 23 are false. The real Mindy record will be released March 25. Iconic records, a label out of Denver who Mindy "used" to have an affiliation with planned to release unfinished subpar recordings of Mindy, trying to capitalize on the success of her recent comeback! Mindy made it known to her fans to know that Michael Fancher, Iconic Records, and Jimmy Nichols with Blackriver Records were behind this “vicious and libellous act”. A real Mindy record was to be released to stores to March 25, 2011 to coincide with her son Zander's birth – “Mindy is releasing the new album on this day to celebrate her two most happy moments: the birth of her son and her comeback to the world of music!”

Mindy quotes "I'm sorry to the fans that there is drama surrounding such a happy event, but I promise the musical experience of the new CD will be unforgettable”.

One might describe it as a recovery album rather than an 8-year comeback. The album was written by industry pros, McCready's choosing songs that would fit the theme of recovery and reawakening like the addictive romance of "Wrong Again". The title track "I'm Still Here." she wrote the song whilst in jail. The aptly titled album only made a # 71 place on the charts.

Mindy McCready Says Sex Tape Was No media Stunt.

In April  2010 Mindy McCready hoped to be all over the news last week regarding her new and 5th album, 'I'm Still Here,' rather than for the sex tape, 'Baseball Mistress' which had unexpectedly surfaced at the same time. The tape, to be distributed by Vivid Entertainment, was scheduled to be released on April 19 but has been delayed indefinitely in the wake of a legal battle over its release. "I had no idea," Mindy tells of the tape's existence. "I woke up one morning and turned on the computer and it was all over the place, so that's exactly how I found out."
The tape was allegedly stolen from a family friend.

"This has not been a media stunt," she told Country Weekly. "This was not a planned thing. I wish the media would think about things before they say them. It is a possibility that there are more people out there than myself that are trying to capitalize on me. The fact that every single thing that [media has speculated] that I did or orchestrated is simply not true."

In addition to her new album, Mindy penned a tell-all autobiography, also titled 'I'M STILL HERE,'

Number one single and album successes,  battling drug addiction, criminal charges and two separate prison sentences, suicide attempts, media backlash following a rumoured affair with married baseball star Roger Clemens, a sex tape and now custody battle and pregnancy. What’s  the next chapter for 36-year old Mindy? .....

Mindy McCready fails to comply with deadline to return son  (2 Dec 2011 )

Mindy failed to comply with a 5 p.m. deadline to return her 5-year-old son to Southwest Florida and a court order has been signed by a Lee County judge to take him into custody and return him to his grandmother’s home, child welfare officials said.
The Department of Children and Families and its providers have contacted law enforcement authorities to try to locate the child.
As quickly as folks can find the child, we’ll just as quickly return the child,” said Aimee McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. “Then, we will make arrangements to bring child home in the least traumatic and least stressful way.

Zander's father, Billy McKnight, does agree that his son is safe with the singer. He told NBC's 'Today' show that he spoke to his ex and their son over the phone yesterday.
"He did sound healthy and OK. He wasn't crying or scared," Billy insisted. "I think she believes she has a case and doesn't realize she's pushing her luck on this one."

UPDATE Dec. 3, 2011 Source
Sheriff: McCready didn't have OK to hide at house – AP -

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — By the time authorities took country singer Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son from her and into custody on Friday evening, one thing had already become apparent: her life has come to resemble a bad country song.

Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Terri Durdaller wrote in an email Saturday that her agency was working with Arkansas state officials to bring McCready's son, Zander, back to his legal guardian, McCready's mother.
Officials say the boy is safe and in good health after he and McCready were found in a bedroom closet of an unoccupied Arkansas home.

"Zander is in Arkansas and we continue to arrange his swift arrival back to Florida," Durdaller wrote.
In Arkansas, Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said Saturday that McCready didn't have permission to be in the unoccupied summer home where she was found Friday evening with her son. Authorities continue to investigate, he said.
The sheriff's office said in a news release Saturday that McCready had been a visitor to the area. Authorities located her after receiving a report of "possible occupants in a summer home that was supposed to be unoccupied," the news release said.
Moss told The Associated Press on Saturday that he doesn't expect that McCready will face any charges for being at the unoccupied home.
Gayle Inge, McCready's mother, was tearful Friday night.
"I'm real excited that he's safe," she said. "But I can't explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander."

Inge said that her son — McCready's half-brother — texted McCready, who responded with a text that said her mother would never see her again.
"I want to wrap my arms around her and tell her that I love her," Inge said.
McCready, who turned 36 on Wednesday, did not respond to emails Friday and Saturday.

Mindy McCready “I’m Still Here” Music video / photos [[YouTube ]]
“Guy’s Do It All The Time “ [[ YouTube ]] –  “Ten Thousand Angels” -  [[ YouTube ]]

‘I’m Still Here’ on FOX News -

SOURCES Associated Press , The Boot,

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