Grace Pauline Kelley was born in 1996 to country legend Wynonna Judd and her ex-husband, Arch Kelley III. From the beginning, Kelley followed in her family's entertainment legacy.
In a 2003 interview with CMT, Judd spoke on Kelley's budding talent:
“Grace Pauline Judd is my creative little dancer. She is constantly making me sit down so she can show me her newest dance moves. I have a feeling that she’ll be involved in dance for a long time to come.”
Judd added that Kelley lived in a creative “dream world” and expressed pride that Kelley and her brother Elijah were developing strongly:
“They’re both very healthy, and they’re both very bright.”
Most of Kelley's adolescent life was kept private, overshadowed by the superstar careers of her mother, aunt, and grandmother. But lately, the 20-year-old has been making headlines — and not for reasons Judd may have hoped.
New court documents obtained by Radar Online reveal that over the past year, Kelley has moved away from her creative dream world to a more troubling reality.
The trouble seemed to start in 2011, when the teenager disappeared for several days while on a flight layover. Then in December 2012, Judd sent her daughter to “behavioral camp” for six months, WetPaint reported.
Kelley, seemingly bothered by the send-off, petitioned Tennessee courts to move custody from her mother to her actress aunt, Ashley Judd, citing that her mother was “abusive and addicted to pills.”
A source close to the family told Hollywood News Daily that Wynona was distraught over the court filing:
“Wynonna’s still very upset about what happened."
Sadly, this was just the beginning.
In December 2015, in a Walgreens parking lot, Kelley caught police attention after loitering for an “extended amount of time,” Radar's documents revealed.
Security footage confirmed that Kelley had purchased “a torn up box of pseudo-ephedrine, and a receipt showing a purchase of Coleman fuel” — materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Authorities ran Kelley's name in a national database and found that the country singer's daughter was banned from obtaining pseudo-ephedrine.
Why? Her purchase history lined up too closely to that of someone who makes meth.
Cops arrested Kelley and charged her with the felony promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Five months later, Kelley pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of possession of methamphetamine.
She tried to outrun her problems, to no avail. Kelley was arrested once more on November 13, 2016, in Alabama for being a “fugitive from justice.”
Two weeks after that, her probation was revoked. The former child dancer was then sent back to Tennessee.
Kelley was arrested again on February 20 for attempting to flee Tennessee.
Her final run-in with police was on May 1, 2016. She's currently in custody on charges of evading arrest, unlawful drug paraphernalia and two counts of simple possession.
Judd has yet to publicly comment on her daughter's arrests, though she continues to post about the importance of self care on her Twitter:
The above tweet was posted the same month Kelly was last taken into custody. Perhaps the “Sunday reminder” is a gentle message to the singer's friends, fans, and family to take care in times of strife.