Florida authorities say country singer Mindy McCready is missing with her 5-year-old son, and a judge has given her until Thursday to return the boy.
The Department of Children and Families says a missing persons report was filed Tuesday night with Cape Coral police after McCready took her son Zander from her father's home. McCready doesn't have custody; her mother does. The singer was allowed to visit Zander at her father's home.
DCF spokesman Terry Field told The Associated Press the agency requested an emergency pickup order, and a judge said McCready must return the boy by 5 p.m. Thursday.
An Amber Alert has not been issued because officials and family members know McCready took him.
Since topping the Billboard country charts in 1996 with her "Guys Do It All the Time," the 36-year-old singer's troubled life has been filled with domestic abuse, drug and DUI arrests and a suicide attempt. She appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" in 2010 and made headlines two years before when she revealed she had an affair with ex-MLB pitcher Roger Clemens.