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Mindy McCready: 'I Wanted to Stand Up and Fight'

ABC/Andrew Paparella(NEW YORK) -- Just one week ago, U.S. Marshals took away country singer Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son after she fled with him from Florida to Arkansas.  But now, McCready says things are finally going her way: She is pregnant with twins, in a committed relationship with the twins' father and believes she will get her son back.

"Everybody makes mistakes. I understand why I've made the bad choices I've made, and how not to make them in the future," she told ABC News' Andrea Canning in an exclusive interview.

In 1996, McCready was a rising star in the country music world, singing the number one hit, "Guys Do It All the Time," and selling millions of records.  But the years that followed saw the singer trapped in a downward spiral of substance abuse, arrests and reported domestic violence at the hands of her then-boyfriend and Zander's father, Billy McKnight.

McCready left McKnight, but not before the relationship, she said, took over, "every part of my brain and my heart."

"I was an idiot," she said.  "I was completely and totally love-struck and insane over that person and over what he was doing to me.  A person that hits you like that controls you, and he controlled every part of me. I stopped singing. I stopped socializing with my friends, with my brothers. I stopped living."

McKnight later pleaded guilty to domestic assault and served 30 days in prison.

McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, was given temporary custody of Zander in 2007 while McCready served six months in prison for a probation violation related to an earlier drug charge.  After leaving jail, she appeared on the reality show, Celebrity Rehab, which she said saved her life.

Her reason to live, she said, is Zander: "I couldn't imagine loving something so much that instead of wanting to just lay down and die, I wanted to stand up and fight."

That fight included trying to win back custody of Zander from Inge, whom McCready has accused of abuse.

Zander is now staying with a foster family in Arkansas, but there is a silver lining for McCready.  She said she was pleased with an Arkansas circuit court judge's custody ruling this week.  Details of the ruling have been sealed.

McCready believes she'll have Zander back in time for Christmas. In the meantime, she's writing new music inspired by her experiences.

Watch Canning's full interview with McCready Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on 20/20.

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Mindy McCready: ‘What I Did Was to Protect My Child’

ABC/Andrew Paparella(NEW YORK) -- The FBI accused her of “parental abduction,” but country music star Mindy McCready told ABC News’ Andrea Canning in an exclusive interview that she believed she did nothing wrong in violating a court order and fleeing with her five-year-old son to Arkansas.

U.S. Marshals said they later found the country singer and the boy hiding in a closet, which McCready denies.

McCready said she would “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.”

“What I did was to protect my child, and there’s not a person in the world that’s going to tell me that that is wrong,” she said.

McCready, who is pregnant with twins, said her son was anguished when, she said, a U.S. Marshal came to get the boy with a SWAT team-like force last Friday.

“He 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,’” McCready remembered.

An official with the U.S. Marshals said that authorities used standard operating procedure when taking Zander into custody and had a social worker with them.

“There was no forced entry made. No battering ram,” said David Rahbany, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshall for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

McCready’s mother, Gayle Inge, is Zander’s guardian. McCready has alleged that her son faced physical and emotional danger at Inge’s Florida home, a claim Inge has denied.  The two have been engaged in a custody battle over Zander for years.

McCready said she grew so desperate that, during a visit to the Cape Coral, Fla. home of her father -- Zander’s grandfather, who shares custody with the grandmother although they are divorced -- she took her son and left.

“I know there are rules that are written down that we’re supposed to follow, and guidelines that we’re supposed to follow, but there’s a difference between right and wrong, and right and wrong in my opinion should come first, always,” McCready said.

Inge was appointed Zander’s guardian in 2007 while McCready served six months in prison for a probation violation related to an earlier drug charge.

McCready said she was pleased with a juvenile court judge’s custody ruling this week.  Details of the ruling have been sealed.  Zander is currently in foster care.

Watch McCready's full interview with Canning Friday at 10 p.m. ET on 20/20.

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'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale,' 'Abduction' and 'Killer Elite' Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Moneyball: In this baseball drama, based on the best-selling book of the same name and set in 2002, Brad Pitt portrays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who built a winning team by using statistical analysis to acquire undervalued players.  Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt and Robin Wright also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Dolphin Tale: A marine biologist, a prosthetics doctor and a young boy work together to nurse a dolphin whose tail was damaged in a crab trap.  The film, based on a true story, is screening in 3D.  Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kris Kristofferson star.  Rated PG.

-- Abduction: Taylor Lautner's Nathan is chased by killers as he tries to discover his true identity.  Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Killer Elite: An ex-special ops agent teams with his mentor to take down the leader of a military society.  Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Yvonne Strahovski star.  Rated R.

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