Country singer Mindy McCready and her five-year old son, Zander, disappeared on Tuesday night. The disappearance reportedly came after a dispute between the singer and the court system, as McCready does not have custody of her son.
McCready doesn’t have custody, but she is allowed visitations and was last seen after picking Zander up from his father's house in Cape Coral, Florida. Her parents have legal custody of the boy, and police are now searching for both of them.
A missing persons report was filed with police, with a judge ordering McCready to return her son by 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Late Tuesday night, McCready took to Facebook to leave a message about her son's safety.
"My son is not missing," she wrote. "Police established that this afternoon via Skype."
She added that:
"I have been fighting the Florida court system to protect my son, and bring him home," she writes. "Please do not worry."
McCreary has a history of instability, which explains why she wouldn't have custody of her child. In 2008, she was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt.
"We responded to a '10-63,' that's a suicidal person call. Mindy McCready was at the house," Kris Mumford, a Nashville Police Department spokeswoman said at the time.
Police and paramedics arrived and McCreary was taken to a Nashville hospital where she was treated for wrist wounds.
"Apparently she called the mother of her roommate and said some things that caused the mother concern," the spokeswoman added. At the time, McCreary was going through rehab, stemming from a 2004 drug charge.
Then, in 2010, McCready was hospitalized again, with her mother announcing she was "really sick," after what was first believed to be an overdose with prescription pills.
Her mother made a frantic emergency call telling dispatchers she thought McCready had "just taken an overdose" with "a lot [of pills],"
Her mother, Gayle Inge, has been taking care of Zander since 2007.
"The relationship between Mindy and her mother, Gayle, is volatile and unhealthy," says McCready's rep.
Inge says when she saw her daughter in the hospital after her suicide attempt, "she was on a respirator, and it was more than I could handle."
"I grabbed her arm and said, 'Mindy, it's Mom. I'm here.' They made us leave her bedside because she could not hear us, and my tears fell down."