Judge orders country singer Mindy McCready to rehab; DHS takes her children

By Daniel S Levine,

Following the tragic death of her boyfriend, country singer Mindy McCready has been ordered to go to rehab. The Department of Human Services reportedly took custody of her two children earlier this week.

David Wilson, McCready’s boyfriend, died on Jan. 13 from what police reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death is still under investigation and according to E! News McCready told NBC News that she had nothing to do with his death. The news hit McCready particularly hard and her family and friends feels that she is in dire need of help.

E! reported that McCready’s children —Zander, six-years-old, and Zayne, nine-months-old — were taken from her home in Arkansas.

“They just came and got the kids a couple of hours ago,” one source said. “Mindy needs to get help and we all care and love her and we want her to get the right help so she can move on. She is in a bad state right now, depressed and unhappy. It is not good.”

“It was reported to me by DHS that they took custody of the kids this afternoon. They are in DHS custody at this point,” her attorney, Eric Hughes, confirmed to the site.

Just hours later, another source told E! that McCready had been ordered by a judge to go to rehab upon her family’s request.

“Family members sought to have Mindy committed to a mental-health facility and there was an emergency hearing today,” the source said Wednesday. The judge committed McCready for at least 21 days.

McCready apparently “indulged in too much alcohol because she was still mourning David's passing,” said a second source. “David's death has truly been a struggle for her.”

On Thursday, McCready’s rep confirmed the report to NY Daily News.

Wilson was Zayne’s father, while Zander’s father is Billy McKnight. McKnight spoke with the Daily News regarding McCready’s condition: “She’s not well ... She’s not ready to be a mother,” he said.



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