Mindy McCready’s sons have been a sad footnote to the story of the star and her lover’s respective suicides, but the deaths of McCready and fiance David Wilson leave custody of the boys up in the air — with the younger of the two having lost both parents in a single month.
Mindy McCready’s sons Zander, 6, and Zayne, 10 months, had already been in the midst of a family crisis before the country singer shot first her dog and then herself on Sunday. Earlier this month, the boys had been removed from McCready’s custody after Wilson’s death, reportedly devastating the star.
Fox News reports that Mindy McCready’s sons had been the subject of concern after her dad, Timothy McCready, expressed worry regarding his grieving daughter’s ability to properly care for the two kids after Wilson’s suicide. The site explains:
“Her father, Timothy McCready pleaded with a judge to send the singer to rehab, filing papers that claim she wasn’t properly caring for the children … And from reports on the state of McCready’s home he may have been correct. A police source told People magazine McCready’s home was filthy and filled with food, dog feces and prescription pill bottles.”
Mindy McCready’s sons were placed in foster care just prior to her suicide, and Zander’s dad Billy McKnight says he is working on getting custody of his son in the wake of the singer’s death. But Zayne, the baby, has lost both parents — and custody of him is likely to be granted to the late songstress’ mother and stepfather, Gayle and Michael Inge.
Although the mother and daughter had a difficult dynamic, Gayle Inge said after her daughter’s death:
“I will never get over this. We break down and tell stories about her and laugh and talk about her and then break down again. We don’t know how to handle this or know what to do. We take it one day at a time.”
A custody hearing regarding Mindy McCready’s sons is set for early April.