LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Our cameras are inside a Lee County courtroom for a custody hearing for Zander McCready, the son of country singer Mindy McCready.
In November, WINK News broke the national story that McCready took her son from his grandparents, who had legal custody of the 5-year-old boy. Mindy McCready and her son were found in Arkansas a few weeks later. Since then, officials from Arkansas and Florida have been arguing over who has jurisdiction of this case and what should happen with Zander.
In the Lee County courthouse, they are trying to hammer out those details. A round table of lawyers and representatives from social services agencies from Florida and Arkansas are pleading their case to a Lee County judge.
The hearing started Tuesday morning because McCready is about to give birth. McCready, herself, is not in the courtroom. Instead, she is being conferenced in by phone. Her attorney is in the courtroom and argues Zander should stay in Arkansas and went on the record saying Mindy has taken parental classes and has passed all her drug tests.
Zander's father, Billy McKnight, is also in the courtroom and so is the Inge family. They all have a stake in what happens in this hearing today, particularly Billy McKnight. Today, his attorney argued, Zander needs to be brought back to Florida.
The hearing is expected to last all day Tuesday. Trust WINK News to let you know what happens.