This story just gets sadder.
Country singer Mindy McCready is currently in a heated custody battle over her five-year-old son Zander, whom she lost custody of back in 2007 following drug abuse and battery charges.
Her mother Gayle Inge has since been taking care of him after she was appointed his legal guardian.
But now, Mindy is fighting to get back him back and was involved in some major dramz last week when she failed to return Zander to his father's home. After investigators were called to search for her and missing persons report was filed, they found her and her son at her boyfriend's home.
Her grandmother Joan Stancel is said to be on her side due to the fact that Zander has made allegations that Inge beat him with a wooden spoon.
"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 the spoon.
She looks like a sweet 55-year-old grandma. That sweet grandma is not sweet at all. He (Zander) says that Nana… is so mean that her heart is black and that she's so mean she doesn't know how to be nice to anyone."
And Stancel says she's witnessed the abuse herself, saying she's seen Ingle use "harsh discipline" on Zander, such as being "jerked by the arm" and "hit with a wooden spoon."
"I feared that Zander would be physically harmed permanently."
Things are looking up though as Mindy, who is 6 months pregnant with twins, says she hopes to have Zander back by Christmas.
This is just so, so sad! Poor little Zander! He's been through so much in his short life. We just hope Mindy can gain custody and provide a healthy, stable life for him and her unborn children.
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