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EXCLUSIVE: Mindy McCready's Overdose A Failed Suicide Attempt Says Mom

May 26 2010, Published 12:40 p.m. ET

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Country singer Mindy McCready took a near lethal dose of prescription pills in what was a failed suicide attempt, her mother tells exclusively.

A devastated Gayle McCready Inge even admitted covering up for her troubled 34-year-old daughter earlier on Tuesday, but spoke out to, to set the record straight.

Inge said McCready, who remains in a Florida hospital, has admitted she attempted to take her own life with an amphetamine drug, used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Inge also admitted to taking Darvocet and another muscle relaxer.

“I asked Mindy how many pills did you take,” Inge told

“She said maybe 25. I said that’s it, and that’s when I called 911.

“Mindy told the 911 people that she absolutely didn’t care if she lost her life.

“My daughter is very, very sick.”

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There are conflicting reports whether or not McCready left a suicide note. Inge has been told her daughter left a confession on her computer, but a search has so far failed to find it.

However, Inge admitted she discovered a series of letters McCready wrote to her attorney in which she criticized her mother, who cares for McCready's four-year-old son Zander.

“I am in shock about what she wrote about me,” Inge said.

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McCready has been staying with her mother Gayle Inge in Ft. Myers for a week, despite being locked in a custody dispute with her daughter.

“I’ve allowed Mindy to come here and stay... this after she has bad mouthed me... so she can see her child,” Inge said.

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This was McCready’s first suicide attempt since in 2008, when the singer took an overdose of pills.

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She later appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in a bid to overcome her demons.

A Cape Coral Hospital spokeswoman told McCready remains in a "good condition” and is resting, after being admitted at 11:26 ET Tuesday morning.

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Inge’s admission conflicts with a statement from McCready's attorney, James Moon, who earlier described speculation of a suicide or overdose as "irresponsible."

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"My understanding is she took a mild pain reliever because she hurt her foot and she had a bad reaction to the medicine," Moon said.

He added that Inge had made "cautious overreaction" to the situation.

In the 911 call, released on Tuesday, Inqe told an operator: “My daughter has taken an overdose.”

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“I don’t know how many pills my daughter has taken; I thought I could handle it. And I could get her to a hospital, but she’s evidentially taken a whole bunch.”

At one dramatic point when asked if the overdose was intentional, Inge replied that it was.

After the day of intense drama, Inge told’s reporter Andrea Simpson: “You have the truth and you’re the only person who has the truth. I’m telling you the truth.”

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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