With the FBI accusing her of “parental abduction,” troubled singer Mindy McCready tells ABC that she believed she did nothing wrong in violating a court order.
After fleeing with her five-year-old son to Arkansas, U.S. Marshals said they later found the country singer and the boy hiding in a closet, which she denies.
“What I did was to protect my child, there’s not a person in the world that’s going to tell me that that is wrong,” said McCready, who was found in Arkansas.
"I would not ever think that me taking my own child, that I carried for nine months, that I gave birth to in the hospital by myself would ever be breaking the law.”
That's not necessarily how it works, but oh well.
McCready, who is pregnant with twins, said her son was anguished when, she said, U.S. Marshals came to get the boy with a SWAT team-like force last Friday.
“He was screaming, ‘Please don’t touch me, don’t touch me, please don’t touch my mommy. Please, leave me alone, I want to be with my mommy,’” she said.
An official with the U.S. Marshalls said that authorities used standard operating procedure when taking Zander into custody and had a social worker with them.“There was no forced entry made. No battering ram,” said David Rahbany, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshall for the Eastern District of Arkansas, to reporters.
McCready’s mother, Gayle Inge, is Zander’s legal guardian.
The father of the five-year-old is her ex, Billy McKnight.
McCready alleges that her son faced physical and emotional danger at Inge’s home. The two have been engaged in a custody battle over Zander for years.
Inge was appointed Zander’s guardian in 2007 while McCready served six months in prison for a probation violation related to an earlier drug charge.
McCready said she grew so desperate that, during a visit to the Cape Coral, Fla. home of her father - Zander’s grandfather, who shares custody with the grandmother although they are divorced - she took her son and left.
“I know there are rules that are written down that we’re supposed to follow, and guidelines that we’re supposed to follow, but there’s a difference between right and wrong, and right and wrong in my opinion should come first, always,” McCready said.
Time will tell if a judge agrees with that legal theory.