Mindy McCready Accused of Violating Probation after Scuffle with Her Mother

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mindy McCready was in jail Thursday, accused of violating probation on a 2004 drug charge after a scuffle with her mother and authorities in Florida, officials said.

The 31-year-old country singer was taken into custody Wednesday at Nashville International Airport and booked into the Williamson County jail just south of Nashville.

She was arrested last week in Fort Myers, Fla., her hometown, on misdemeanor charges that she scratched her mother on the face during a scuffle and resisted sheriff's deputies.

Williamson County Circuit Court clerk officials said Thursday that McCready is not yet scheduled to have a bond hearing. A hearing on charges of violating her probation is set for Sept. 7.

Deputy District Attorney General Derek Smith said McCready violated probation in three ways: by being charged in a new offense; not reporting those charges immediately to her probation officer; and by the nature of the new assault charges.

She could serve up to three years in prison if convicted of violating probation.

McCready's previous attorney, Lee Dryer, was in court Thursday morning and did not immediately return calls. The court clerk's office said the files didn't list any attorney representing McCready.

The singer was on probation after receiving a suspended three-year sentence for obtaining the painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy in 2004 by getting a prescription in another person's name.

Still pending is another probation violation charge against McCready resulting from a drunken driving arrest in May 2005.

McCready had a hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time," but has struggled in recent years amid personal problems that included a beating by her then-boyfriend and suicide attempts. She gave birth to a son in 2006.

She was found not guilty of the DUI charge in July 2006 but guilty of driving on a suspended license. She then pleaded guilty to violating her probation but has petitioned to withdraw that plea.