Published: Nov 30, 2011 12:20 AM EST
Updated: Nov 30, 2011 4:51 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Authorities file a missing persons report for country singer Mindy McCready and her son Zander.  Family members tell WINK News, McCready took Zander from her father's home in Lee County in the last several days.

Investigators and family members have both told WINK News, McCready took her son and left Lee County.  Now that a missing persons report has been filed, McCready has until Thursday to return with her son or she'll be arrested.

Family members told WINK News McCready took her son, Zander, from her father's home in Cape Coral.  According to court records, McCready does not have legal custody.  In May, WINK News caught up with McCready's mother, who had custody of the little boy at the time.

"Theres conflict there obviously, she is my daughter. We wish it could have been different," said Gayle Inge, McCready's mother.

It was during the custody hearing in May, that a judge said loud and clear, he wants the fighting to end between McCready and her ex, Bill McKnight, and for Zander to be with a parent permanently.

"We're not talking about a diamond earring, it's a child," said Judge James Seals.

The Cape Coral Police Department has been notified and a missing persons report has been filed. The Department of Children and Families had an emergency hearing in Lee County Tuesday afternoon.  In that hearing, a judge gave McCready until 5 p.m. Thursday to safely return Zander to Lee County.

An Amber Alert is not being issued for Zander because officials and family members said they know Mindy McCready took her son. Statewide, authorities are on the look out for McCready and her son.