On Monday, Feb. 18, following news that country music star Mindy McCready was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot, there are hints of the possibility the brotherly relationship of McCready's sons, big brother Zander and infant Zayne, may be torn asunder by separation. According to the Washington Post, Zander's father, Billy McKnight, "says he's working with authorities to get custody of his son, Zander, and was not privy to what's happening with infant son Zayne, who was born to McCready and Wilson last year."
Both sons remain safe in foster care, thanks to the concern of Mindy McCready's dad, Tim McCready. Shortly before McCready's suicide, he appealed before the court to remove his grandchildren from a dysfunctional home following the death of David Wilson, the father of infant Zayne. He claimed that McCready was "abusive" to six-year-son Zander and neglectful of both of the children.
Only eleven days after the children were taken from her, McCready shot and killed herself and the family dog; thankfully, her children were safe in foster care. Obviously, McCready's dad got the children away from her in the nick of time. One shudders to think that her children may have been victims as well if they had not been removed.
Zander's dad, McKnight, apparently had already filed for custody before McCready was committed to a treatment center and her children taken from her. If McKnight is successful in his efforts to get custody of his son, McCready's firstborn, the two little "Zs" will be separated.
Celebrities have turned to Twitter to post tribute and concern for her children. LeAnn Rimes tweeted, "My heart goes out to Mindy McCready's family. I knew her well. It's a horribly tragedy. May peace be with her sons."