Mindy McCready a ‘Happy Girl’ After Court Ruling
Country singer Mindy McCready says she's won the latest in a long string of court battles over custody of her son Zander, but it's not exactly clear what she won. The details of Monday's closed-door court session remain sealed, but the singer's smile -- and later her texts -- seem to reveal which side the judge came down on.
"We won! Zan stays," McCready texted to HLN host Jane Valez Mitchell, according to ABC News. "Court details sealed but we love Judge Lee W Harrod."
"Zan" would be Zander, the 5-year-old at the center of a nearly week-long search across state borders. During an interview with Taste of Country on Monday, Zander's father, Billy McKnight, said he expected to have his son home as early as Monday afternoon. When asked for comment, his manager only confirmed that his son was still in Arkansas.
"I can't talk about it, but I can tell you all I'm a happy girl. I'm a happy girl right now," McCready told cameras after the hearing. "I love Judge Harrod, I'll tell you that. I love that man. He's a good man." A legal analyst told 'Good Morning America' that it's doubtful a judge would grant McCready permanent custody. Dan Abrams says he would be surprised if that was Judge Lee Harrod's verdict.
"It's very hard to believe that a court, after listening to all of the evidence -- that she literally takes the child from Florida, takes it with her, is found hiding in a closet in Arkansas, the child is then taken into foster care -- that somehow the judge is gonna say, 'OK, fine. Here you go. You now have custody'," Abrams said.
"It's more likely that she has some sort of temporary custody where she is allowed, for example, to bring the child back to Florida, something like that."
Abrams also said he doesn't believe McCready will be charged with a crime.