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EXCLUSIVE: Country Star Mindy McCready Asked To Take Drug Test By State Of Florida

May 19 2010, Published 8:36 a.m. ET

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Country star Mindy McCready appeared in a Florida court in an attempt to win back custody of her 4-year-old son Zander from her mother, but the State of Florida surprised her by asking her to take a drug test, has learned exclusively.

A lab technician wearing surgical gloves was ready to administer the test, but the 34-year-old singer was given a reprieve until a later date.

McCready was dressed elegantly in a black pantsuit with her hair in a pony tail when she asked the court to grant her unsupervised visitation of her son.

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It wasn’t granted, in large part, due to the state’s objection to documents that allegedly prove she has completed drug and alcohol recovery programs.

McCready’s attorney James Moon even offered to get Dr. Drew Pinsky, Host of Celebrity Rehab, on the phone to testify on her behalf.

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Instead the judge gave McCready 45 days to organize her paperwork and appear in court again. In the meantime, she is allowed supervised visitation with Zander, only when her mother Gayle McCready Inge is present.

Zander, who was not at the hearing, has been living with his grandmother for the past three years. Although Mindy’s publicist first told that Inge is fighting to retain custody, Inge told us she is not but that  the state that is preventing Mindy from regaining permanent custody.

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Originally Zander was taken away from Mindy because the state said there was failure to thrive (Zander not getting enough food) and Mindy had substance abuse and domestic violence issues.

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Zander’s grandma told that the 4 year-old is attached to Mindy and hopes one day they can all live together.

In an exclusive interview with, Mindy addressed a question about her sex tape saying “That’s my personal life. It doesn’t affect me as a parent or a mother.”



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