Mindy McCready Involuntarily Admitted to Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 02/08/13

The country singer spiraled into substance abuse following her husband's recent suicide.

Mindy McCready's father has intervened.
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2013 has gotten off to a rough start for country singer Mindy McCready. Her 1996 debut album Ten Thousand Angels sold over two million copies, but the singer has struggled publicly with substance abuse, and appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2009 to address addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs. In the wake of the gunshot suicide of her boyfriend David Wilson three weeks ago, she has been reportedly unable to cope and was committed to a treatment facility by her father Tim. McCready is set to remain in rehab for up to 21 days, where she will undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations. In documents obtained by E! News, Tim wrote that his daughter has been abusing alcohol and prescription drugs since her husband's suicide, and has been neglecting the care of her two sons. She has also reportedly been physically abusive to her father and verbally abusive to her six-year-old son Zander. Her two sons have since been removed from her care by the Department of Human Services. The judge who agreed to the involuntary admission wrote that "there is cause to find there is clear and convincing evidence that Respondent is in imminent danger of harm to herself or others, suicidal or gravely disabled." McCready's ex-husband Billy McKnight has since filed documents requesting full custody of Zander.

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