Florida authorities are looking for country singer Mindy McCready and her 5-year-old son after child service workers said the child wasn’t were he was supposed to be Tuesday.
On Tuesday evening a judge issued a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday for McCready to return her son to authorities, otherwise an emergency pickup order would be issued for both.
McCready said on her Facebook page that her son is fine and she has confirmed it with authorities.
"FB Friends I know it has been a long time since you have heard from me," she wrote. "I have been fighting the Florida court system to protect my son, and bring him home. Wink TV has once again reported nothing but lies and they are most likely being supported by the attorney for DCF child services. There is NO AMBER ALERT and my son is not missing! Detectives from the Cape Coral Police department established that this afternoon via Skype. Please do not worry or support anything they continue to lie about!! Thanks Always.... Mindy."
McCready's son is the subject of a protracted custody battle with ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight.
Aimee McLaughlin, communications director of The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, which contracts with the state to handle child dependency services, said the organization contacted both DCF and the Cape Coral Police Department Tuesday evening to report that the child wasn’t at his grandfather’s house where he was supposed to be.
At that time, a missing persons report was filed with the police department and DCF officials asked a judge to issue the emergency pickup order, which McLaughlin said is standard procedure is such cases.
Cape Coral is near Fort Meyers, Fla.