You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

U.S.

  • Angola robbery suspect flees, takes hostage in Mich.
    GIRARD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities said a man suspected of a robbery in Angola, Indiana, fled to Michigan, where he took a person hostage inside an adult novelty store near Coldwater.
  • Leesburg driver charged in Illinois crash that killed 4
    JOLIET, Ill. – A semi-truck driver involved in a crash that killed four people southwest of Chicago was driving too fast and falsified entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours he spent behind the wheel, authorities said Tuesday.
  • 2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.
Advertisement

Ex-boyfriend says singer left rehab too early

McCready

– 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 doesn’t perform any more. She wasn’t working. She has two kids and her fiancé was just killed,” McKnight said.

“There’s no way she should be out by herself in a lonely house with nothing but booze and pills.”

McCready’s sons were put in foster care and she was ordered into rehab earlier this month after McCready’s 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.

Advertisement