HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – Mindy McCready threatened suicide after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet the country singer was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program just days before she apparently killed herself at her Arkansas home, her ex-boyfriend said Monday.
Billy McKnight, who was in a long, stormy relationship with McCready and is the father of her oldest child, Zander, said the 37-year-old mother of two stayed in the substance abuse treatment center for about 18 hours before she was freed.
McCready died Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, a vacation community about 65 miles north of Little Rock. She was found dead on the front porch, where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head.
McKnight told The Associated Press during a phone interview from Tampa, Fla., that McCready and Wilson, the father of her youngest son, were recently engaged. He wondered how she was allowed to go free, given all the turmoil in her life.
She was in a terrible state of mind. She doesnt perform any more. She wasnt working. She has two kids and her fiancé was just killed, McKnight said.
Theres no way she should be out by herself in a lonely house with nothing but booze and pills.
McCreadys sons were put in foster care and she was ordered into rehab earlier this month after McCreadys father expressed concern.
She previously attempted suicide at least three times, and her fragile state of mind was always a concern to family and friends. She acknowledged in a 2010 interview that her life was turbulent at times, sometimes self-inflicted.