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February 07, 2013 at 04:15 PM EST

The sad tale of Mindy McCready got one chapter deeper yesterday. A judge ordered the embattled country star be committed to a treatment facility for issues involving her mental health and alcohol abuse. Family services also removed McCready’s two children from her care.

According to E! News, McCready may be committed for up to 21 days after her family initiated an emergency hearing to get her some help. Several sources noted that McCready was having a difficult time after the death of boyfriend David Wilson in January. His death is still under investigation, but the police have said that it appears his gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Following a string of country hits in the late ’90s, McCready’s fall from grace has included multiple arrests, a handful of suicide attempts, a run on Celebrity Rehab, the exposure of a long-running affair with disgraced baseball player Roger Clemens, and two stints in jail. Her tragic tale was captured in this profile of her that ran in Entertainment Weekly in 2009.

In the piece, McCready was optimistic about the future, but since then her path has remained rough. In addition to Wilson’s death, she dealt with allegations of child abuse, a number of health issues, and a stumble of a comeback album.

“I don’t want to be a victim,” McCready told writer Whitney Pastorek in 2009. “I’m a fighter. That’s why I’m still alive.”


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