(ABC News) - Police are asking country singer Mindy McCready to return to Lee County Fla., with her five-year-old son Xander.
McCready’s parents told local news station WINK that the troubled singer took the boy from their Cape Coral, Fla., home several days ago and has not returned. Her parents have custody of Xander after a years-long court battle between McCready and the boy’s father Bill McKnight.
In an emergency hearing called by the Department of Children and Families Tuesday afternoon, a family court judge gave McCready until 5 p.m. Thursday to return the boy or she’ll be subject to arrest, a spokesman for the Cape Coral Police Department told ABCNews.com.
“If she doesn’t come back by Thursday at 5, she will be in violation of his order,” he said
Police do not consider the case an abduction at this point. The spokesman said McCready’s parents have been in contact with her.
McCready, who scored a number-one Billboard country hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time,” has been arrested multiple times on drug charges and probation violations and has been hospitalized for overdoses several times in recent years. In 2010, the singer appeared on VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. ”