|Updated: 12/02/2011 11:59 pm
||Published: 12/02/2011 10:21 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP & KLRT) - Authorities say they've located country singer Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son in Arkansas and taken him into custody.
Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Terri Durdaller said in an email Friday night that her agency was working with Arkansas state officials to bring the boy, Zander, back to his legal guardian in Florida, his grandmother.
According to David Rahbany with US Marshal Service, marshals and Cleburne County deputies located McCready and her child in Heber Springs hiding in closet.
Marshals staked out a house believe to belong to a possible boyfriend of McCready's. A 911 call came in about someone in the house next door who wasn't supposed to be there. That's where McCready and her son were found, according to Rahbany.
Authorities say McCready took the boy during a recent visit at her father's Florida home, and a judge there signed an order Thursday telling authorities to take the boy into custody and return him.
Officials say he's safe and in good health. It's not yet clear whether the singer could face criminal charges.