The country singer is released after an apparent suicide attempt

By Todd Peterson
Updated July 28, 2005 08:30 AM

Country singer Mindy McCready was released Tuesday from a Florida hospital, four days after she was found unconscious in the lobby of a Holiday Inn in a reported suicide attempt.

The country singer was discovered in the Holiday Inn Harborside in Indian Rocks Beach on July 22. With her was her on-again, off-again boyfriend, William McKnight, who told the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that McCready had consumed “large amounts of two unidentified substances” and drank a lot of alcohol, the Associated Press reports. McCready also left behind a four-page suicide note, the contents of which were not released.

Despite a contentious history – in which McKnight was jailed on charges of beating McCready at her home in May – no charges were expected against either person. “No criminal charges are anticipated against McCready or McKnight, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be taking no further action in this matter,” reads a statement on the office’s Web site.

McCready, who broke through with her 1996 hit “Guys Do It All the Time,” has run into a number of problems over the past year. Prior to the attack by McKnight, she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and for having a suspended license.

In 2004, she pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining painkillers and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation.