Mindy McCready was charged with battery and resisting arrest after Florida police were called out to a disturbance at her mother’s house July 22nd.
Melody Inge called Lee County sheriff’s deputies at about 1 a.m. to report McCready was allegedly drunk and causing a disturbance at her Fort Myers home, according to a police report. McCready allegedly scratched her mother on the face during the incident.
The country singer – who saw most of her success in 1996 with “Guys Do It All The Time” – denied attacking Inge and claims officers roughed her up for no reason while she was holding her 15-month-old son.
“They tackled me. They didn’t give any directions. They just tackled,” the singer said. “There was no reason for it. To take down a woman holding a baby, it’s just not right.”
However, a sheriff’s department spokesman said one deputy took the little boy from her while another wrestled McCready to the ground. Officials said McCready caused a ruckus at the jail and had to be pepper sprayed.
A booking photo shows a cut across McCready’s nose, which the police report said occurred “as she continued to struggle and resist arrest.”
The singer was released on $1,000 bail and is scheduled for a court appearance August 14th.
McCready has been in trouble with the law before, starting with a 2004 conviction for fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers. She was on probation for that offense when she was charged in 2005 for driving under the influence.
She also spent much of 2005 in a situation involving an estranged lover, testifying that he had punched her in the face and choked her.
Although the singer was found not guilty of the DUI charge, she was found guilty of driving on a suspended license. McCready pleaded not guilty to violating probation but has reportedly withdrawn the plea.
A hearing on the probation violation charge is scheduled to be heard in a Tennessee court September 7th.