Mindy McCready Tells ABC Her Mother Is Abusing 5-Year-Old Zander
Mindy's mom flatly denies any wrongdoing: "He has never been abused in our care."
Mindy McCready tells ABC's 20/20 that she's ready to get custody of her 5-year-old son, and she accuses her mother—the boy's legal guardian—of physically abusing him.
Mindy also told the show, in an episode set to air Friday night (Dec. 9), that her mom, Gayle Inge, believes in a "bizarre" religion that has her mom claiming she can see dead people.
It's another chapter in a wild, sad story for a one-time country star who has battled drugs, alcohol and domestic violence since her career essentially ended more than 10 years ago.
After losing custody to Zander in 2007 and a stint on VH1's Celebrity Rehab after that, Mindy says she'll fight for custody of her son.
"I'm not gonna give up one minute, not for anything, not for anyone," she said.
Especially not for her mother, against whom Mindy leveled charges of physical and emotional abuse.
"Zander was being beaten with a wooden spoon. There are scars on Zander's back. There are scars on his bottom and his legs from a spoon."
Mindy also told ABC her mother believes she's a prophet sent from God, and that her mother sees dead people and spirits in her house.
Mindy's mother, in a statement, said, "I have been Zander's guardian for four and a half years. There has been all kinds of scrutiny. He has never been abused in our care."
Asked if Mindy herself is a fit mom, Mindy said, "I believe everybody makes mistakes, everybody has to grow up. I believe I understand why I've made the bad choices I've made and how not to make them in the future."
Zander is now in foster care in Arkansas.