McCready: I acted 'to protect my child'

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Troubled country singer Mindy McCready contended Thursday that she was justified in violating a court order and abducting her 5-year-old son from his legal guardians, her parents.

"I do not to this moment, and will not ever, think that me taking my own child, that I carried for nine months, that I gave birth to in the hospital by myself, would ever be breaking the law," she told ABC News' Andrea Canning in an interview on "Good Morning America." "What I did was to protect my child," she insisted, "and there's not a person in the world that's ever going to tell me that that is wrong."

And she added: "I know there are rules that are written down that we're supposed to follow, and guidelines that we're supposed to follow," she told ABC News, "but there's a difference between right and wrong, and right and wrong in my opinion should come first, always."

McCready failed to return her son Zander to her father's house in Cape Coral, Fla., on South Florida's Gulf Coast, on Nov. 29. McCready's father and her mother, Gayle Inge, share custody even though they are divorced, ABC News said. Zander's father, McCready's former boyfriend Billy McKnight, has no custody. U.S. Marshals recovered the boy Dec. 2 at a lake house in Heber Springs, Ark.

McCready, 36, told Canning that when federal marshals entered, Zander "was screaming, 'Please don't touch me, please don't touch me, please don't touch my mommy. Please leave me alone, I want to be with my mommy.' "

David Rahbany, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas, told ABC News that standard operating procedure was used, including having a social worker on hand. "There was no forced entry made," he said. "No battering ram."

McCready last week announced she is pregnant with twins.

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