Mindy McCready, Son Are "Safe, Healthy and Comfortable"

Celebrity News Nov. 30, 2011 AT 1:44PM
Mindy McCready, Son Are "Safe, Healthy and Comfortable" Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images

Call off the search.

Country singer Mindy McCready and her son were declared missing, Florida authorities confirmed Wednesday. But, later in the afternoon, McCready's publicist released a statement saying she and 5-year-old Zander are "safe, healthy and comfortable."

"The 5-year-old boy has been with his mother for more than 30 days," the statement continued. "Law enforcement officials spoke with the child and saw Zander via Skype yesterday."

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The state's Department of Children and Families told the Associated Press that a missing persons report was filed Tuesday evening after McCready took Zander from her father's home in the Cape Coral, Fla., area. While she is able to visit her son, McCready does not have custody of the boy; her mother does.

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A judge has given McCready, 36, until Thursday to return Zander to his home.

The former Celebrity Rehab participant -- best known for her 90s country hits -- attempted suicide in May 2010 by taking a near lethal dose of prescription pills.

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The singer's mother, Gayle McCready, told Us Weekly at the time that her daughter had tried to take her life multiple times over the years.

"I can't tell you Mindy's heart, and her intent obviously, only Mindy knows that," Gayle said when asked why Mindy allegedly attempted to end it all. "But I can tell you I think she is addicted to media attention. Whenever things like this happen, Mindy does not take responsibility for it."

"I would like to see Mindy not in denial anymore," Gayle noted. "I would like to see her tell the truth. I would like her to get the help she needs."

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