After the tragic news that country singer Mindy McCready took her own life yesterday, one thing must be uppermost on her friends' and family's minds: What will happen to her two young children? McCready's ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, and father of her first born son, Zander, says he wants the children, including her second born, Zain, to live with him. He told The Today Show:
I'd like to keep those boys together and try to turn my son's life around. He's had a rough first six years and he deserves better than this. My heart's broken for him right now, I'm very worried.
McCready and McKnight had a turbulent relationship. Zander was originally given to McCready, but then when McCready began having addiction issues, he went to live with McCready's mom. McCready then famously kidnapped her son back from her mother. The boy was then put in foster care.
McKnight says that the boy "shouldn't have been taken from me to begin with." Zain is the son of McCready and her late boyfriend, David Wilson, who died of an apparent suicide -- but questions had swirled about whether McCready had something to do with his death.
McKnight also says he isn't "surprised" by McCready's suicide and that she had tried suicide twice when they were together. He said:
As sad as it is, it didn't come as a major shock. She has been battling demons for so long; I was around her when she attempted suicide twice so I knew it was in her.
Would McKnight be the best home for Zander and Zain? Surely, as father of Zander, he will have an opportunity to try and prove it. But you have to wonder, considering that his relationship with McCready was filled with reports of domestic violence and drug abuse. He'd really have to prove he's changed his life. But those boys need to stay together if at all possible.
Where do you think the kids belong?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside