AMBER ALERT Haleigh Anne-Marie Cummings, 5, missing from Putnam County Florida. UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS Haleighs Parents Escorted to the Putnam County Sheriffs Office

Posted by Christina Stoy | Haleigh Cummings | Wednesday 18 February 2009 2:30 pm

*UPDATE at bottom of article*

Haleigh Cummings, the beaming kindergartner from Satsuma, Florida has been missing since early morning February 10, 2009. The Police have classified her case as abduction, although all foot-search teams have been called off.

New Developments

Originally stated by the minor-girlfriend-babysitter as the clothing Haleigh was last seen in, the FBI has confirmed that they have recovered the pink shirt described by Misty Croslin in her initial statements to Police. At press time, they are refusing to disclose where the shirt was found, and whether or not its recovery caused Texas Equusearch to pull out. I have spoken personally with several members on the search team for TES, who, as per their contract cannot go on record regarding the search. Admittedly I was troubled by their reports.

(SEE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AT BOTTOM OF ARTICLE)

“We searched beside some locals who asked us why we would bother to help this family.  Everyone in the neighborhood was aware that Misty was having an affair with Ron’s Uncle. So   was he. She had been gone 3 days previously on a bender and the uncle came back to stake his      claim when Ronnie went back to work for the first time in 3 days. Misty propped that door open,     and doing so, invited the vampire into the house.”

Hard swallow case about to get harder?

Capt. Steve Rose, of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, declined to describe the information Tuesday in the case of Haleigh Cummings.

“”We were able to come up with several good leads that we are following up on today; at this time we cannot discuss the nature of those leads.”

Rose went on to say that police are focusing on the timeline Croslin has given them in the case.

“We’re still working on the timeline, but we’re not going to divulge (specifics) at this time,” he said. “We feel pretty confident about when the girlfriend last saw Haleigh. That’s the timeline we’re focusing on.”

Rose refused to comment on the updated events that preceded and followed Haleigh’s disappearance. Police have set up a mobile checkpoint in the area based on the revamped timeline; and the potential that they may have missed some possible witnesses on their first rounds based on it.

Sources close to the investigation are reporting a new impatience with Misty. In a conversation earlier today, it was expressed to me that they have treated her with kid gloves long enough and the strategy that she will lead them to Haleigh in her post-abduction behavior is not working. While they stop short of calling her complicit, the consensus is that she is lying about her whereabouts and her overall account of what contributed to the disappearance of 5 year old Haleigh Cummings.

UPDATE 02/18/09 3:31pm

Late this afternoon, sources inside Putnam County indicate that Ronald Cummings, father of Haleigh Cummings, 5, missing since February 10, 2009 and Haleigh’s Mother, Crystal Sheffield have been escorted seperately to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Cummings was transported by the lead detective in the case and Ms. Sheffield was alerted when deputies phoned her Mother, Marie Griffis and asked her to bring her to the Police Department.

Attempts to locate the family of 17 year old Misty Croslin, who police announced yesterday was going to be the focus of today’s efforts were not successful at press time. It is unclear if a suspect had been located, the child had been found, or whether Ms. Croslin’s account of the evening the child was abducted has pointed the investigation into a different direction.

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40 Comments

  1. putnamres says:

    I live here, police think she is involved

  2. Lexy says:

    Is she still staying close to Ronald Cummings the father of the little girl?

  3. janis says:

    Why aren’t we hearing anything about the uncle…and why would Ronald take her back after she’d been gone for three days with him?

  4. Kimm says:

    The uncle and a 17 year old girl to? Sounds like this 5 year old was surrounded by perverts..Where was childrens pertective services?

  5. doodles says:

    Misty knows more than what she is letting on. She is also more scared of getting beat by the bio-dad if she opens her mouth! What is this about her and the Uncle??? Has anyone checked his house?

  6. flagal says:

    I have heard about the Uncle from 3 different reliable sources, my experience leads me to belive if we are hearing nothing, it means something. Cummings mom is an employee of the Putnam Cty Sheriff’s office, and she was not called to bring him in.. jus sayin’

  7. doodles says:

    I see where you’re going with this Flagal.

  8. jane says:

    Please give the little boy back to his mother before the dad lets something happen to him.

  9. Gigi says:

    This fits with my theory all along! I felt like she was going out when Ron was at work. She left the kitchen light on so she could see to get back in and she left the door unlocked. She is afraid to tell the truth but because of her mendacity, authorities have lost valuable time in finding Haliegh.

  10. Red says:

    “invited the vampire into the house.”

    Hmm … where have I heard that line before, some one might owe royalties ;)

  11. Blink says:

    I think this case is close to conclusion, at least possibly knowing what happened to this baby. Not sure they will get any confessions from a perp though.

  12. honeybee says:

    Where is the information on her male cousin (molested her and other cousins) he was at this house that late afternoon as well as some others with him and never have heard where this may fit in or connected to Haleigh being taken.
    17 year old looks like a drugged out —————–
    This is my opinion

  13. Blink says:

    Honeybee-
    I did not hear that the cousin that molested her allegedly was there-
    Can you expand?
    B

  14. Gigi says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sorry but this story sounds like a primer for a white trash reality show. What is wrong with these people????Maybe Haleigh just got up and walked away…………….

  15. chitowm lady says:

    this so cslled babysitter/girlfriend knows alot more. What is this guy doing wioth a minor? This whole family seem to be a bunch of perverts. Talk about trailer trash. Where is Jerry Springer when yeah need him. The only victim is this little child…..Why is it that its the kids that suffer……Never the low class family members with NO morals or common sense…..Haleigh is in my prayers……

  16. Red Ranger says:

    I wonder if Ron and his uncle had an agreement to share Misty like a disposable toy. Ron is a hothead and would not have reacted well to his uncle’s indiscretions if he had cared for Misty. She may have just been a temporary distraction to Ron. However….

    [edit] Florida
    The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits an adult younger than 24 to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.

    794.05 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.– (1) A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. As used in this section, “sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose Florida code, Title XLVI, Chapter 794

  17. Baznme says:

    Cummings Mom works for the sheriff’s office!!?? No wonder they aren’t “conferencing” each time they have a conference session. Something is very strange about this entire ordeal. God bless this child.

  18. Blink says:

    Honeybee, are you referring to Joe? I noticed you posted that in advance, do you have anything else, I am hearing rumors..

    Gigi, yes, it is that bad, but I certainly dont think a 5 year old got up and walked away in the middle of the night, imo

    B

  19. R.L.Haley says:

    What kinda people?Imagine these kids lives before the kidnapping,Hopefully they took Jr. out of that house and as for the 17 year old baby-Baby sitter. I wish they could just throw her in the clink before she breeds.

  20. Susan says:

    As reported by Fox News – “Cummings said his girlfriend was awake and frantic after she found Haleigh was gone. But in the police report, obtained by FOX News, Cummings reportedly told officers that his “dumb bitch girlfriend” told him Haleigh was gone when he got home from work.”

    ************************************************

    Under the tragic circumstances of Haleigh’s disappearance, what DECENT PERSON would refer to his 17 year old, live in girlfriend as his “DUMB BITCH GIRLFRIEND” to police officers or anyone else at the crime scene???

    Under normal circumstances, what decent person would allow a minor child (Croslin) to live with him and take on the huge responsibility of taking care of his children???

    Cummings should be arrested for child abuse and staturory rape!!

    I suspect the dad and his live in “dumb bitch girlfriend” did away with Haleigh themselves…

  21. Susan says:

    Does anyone know if the “thug wanna be” dad had recently taken a life insurance policy out on Haleigh?

  22. Pam says:

    B -

    I am new to this site and normally do not comment, but here is where I saw/first heard about the cousin “Joe” being in the trailor just days before Haleigh went missing on the Nancy Grace Friday show:

    It was during an interview with Nancy Grace and Haleigh’s grandmother (Ron’s mother):
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0902/20/ng.01.html

    Apparently the cousin “Joe” from Tennessee was visiting Ron, Ron’s two kids, and Misty, (and allowed in the trailor)just days before Haleigh went missing, Apparently, he went back to Tennessee the night before Haleigh went missing. Now….if that were my cousin and my child went missing, my cousin would’ve turned right back around to come and help search??!! Also, this cousin and Ron had a fight about “a gun” and that same gun ended up being found by police in the ditch near the trailor. Apparently some “sources” were saying the “gun argument” happened a few days before Haleigh went missing, but Ron’s mother (Haleigh’s grandmother) said that the gun argument happened two weeks prior.

    This whole incident reaks of back-woods mentality/upbringing and makes me sick! Has Misty ever said that she had a key to the trailor? I wouldn’t dismiss the fact that she was the one to have propped the back door open with a brick so if she did leave the trailor after the children fell asleep, she could get back in. Trust me….we don’t like to believe that children are left alone for a few hours at night….but they are! I also ran across Ron’s divorce petition on-line and I can guarantee you…everyone should be afraid of retaliation against this man. Whether he had anything to do with his child missing or not….after reading some witness statements in the divorce petition, it would make any woman scared to tell the truth for fear of having the c*** beat out of her. What a terrible, terrible tragedy to yet another young little innocent life. Thanks for letting me share!

  23. Blink says:

    Susan/B:

    I agree completely, sadly. Does the impact on the contrast between Caylee and Haleigh’s cases lesson our desire to want to help an abducted and imo, deceased child? I have to be honest, in the very beginning, when the scenario of babysitter/gf, missing girl with a name that rhymed with Caylee, in the same state, I was really suspect that this was a hoax of some kind.

    Where the hell does one start pointing a finger here?? By all accounts from Haleigh to Misty- they appear to be born into this mess of backwoods behavior.

    RedRanger- I was shocked the age of consent was 18 there to be honest, thanks for sharing.
    I apolly in advance for my broken-record position on this:

    Guardian Ad Litem!!!!

    Blink

  24. philly says:

    PAM – WHERE can we read the witness statements in the divorce petition?

  25. eddieblue says:

    Why are the father and his brother not in jail for having sex with a minor?

    Did Haylee receive SS disability payments because she had “Turner Syndrome?”

    The River in the area is teaming with gators – people take “gator tours” on that particular river (forgot the name but checked the gator info out)
    So it would be easy to dispose of a small body.

  26. Pam says:

    philly -

    Here is the link of the divorce petition and if you scroll down the page (opens up in an Adobe file), pages 7-11 are witness statements against Ronald Cummings. –

    http://www.fox30online.com/media/news/1/3/e/13e1a8a0-e082-477f-9698-11a796f76a10/petineer.pdf

  27. Diane says:

    No one gets a free pass from me in this tragedy. Both sides have unattractive traits. Ron is also a sex offender IMO, for living with an underage girl, and he was remiss in leaving his kids in her care.
    I hope and pray that this child will be returned safe and sound, but I fear the worst. I am of the opinion that neither of the parents harmed the child, but there is a lack of responsibilty on both parts. Not sure about Misty, but I do believe she is holding back, for some reason, perhaps fear of Ronald’s wrath.

  28. heather says:

    I agree with jane. Get this boy Junior away from this disfunction. I do not believe with the history that has been disclosed that the custody of these children should have been given to their father. Not so sure about the mother either if she is afraid to take a DNA test because of her drug habits. Is there anyone in this family fit to have an impressionable child in their care?

    I pray not only for Haleighs safe return, but for the entire truth in this case to come out so that courts stop giving children to abusers.

  29. Tee says:

    Why didn’t the police take a DNA swab the first day the child was missing? Everyone should have been tested.
    Not only should Ron Jr, the 4 yr old boy be protected so should Ron’s child with Amber be protected and Crystal’s child with boy friend should be protected…4 kids are involved:
    Haleigh and Ron Jr by Crystal and Ron
    Chole by Crystal and her step brother/boyfriend
    Jordan by Amber and Ron

  30. Diane says:

    Everyone NEEDS to encourage ALL news to keep this in the media. It is slowly falling away, and this little girl needs to be brought home.

  31. Country says:

    Almost since the first, this case brings to my mind the murder of Rowan Ford (Nov, 2007 in southwest Missouri). Both Rowan and Haleigh never had a chance to be anything other than a victim of some sort, given the bottom feeder cycle they were unlucky enough to be born into. As I did 16 months ago with Rowan, again now with Haleigh I watch time pass and am sickened by their diminishing prospects of ever getting to be a child–and all that that should entail. A good summary of the Rowan Ford murder can be found at http://janedevin.com/2007/11/16/rowan-fords-murder-the-myspace-connection/

  32. mlee says:

    Time has swiftly passed, stories are still inconsistant, a marriage performed.. To what avail? Now, the issue with the blue van, who drove it that night, where did they go, how did they obtain the keys, and kindly returned the van and the keys.. Autorites, were on this one, so the van has been gone over with a fine tooth comb.. Funny, no one in the family unit admits to driving the van or scratching the side. But, still nothing on finding little Haleigh. The abuse charges are flying, which of course adds to the investigation. A back door that reportedly was standing open, the same door that seems to have its on mind and automatically swings shut..

    If there was one reported event that night was actually consistant, there might be some light shed on this case.. But, there isn’t. A total puzzle, where none of the parts fit together. I agree, Little Haleigh never had a chance in this world, and it is heart breaking.
    This is a sad and terrible story, and the results will not be any different. I would like to know, who outside of that Family Unit, last saw little Haleigh, alive and well, and when they saw her last. Was it the school bus driver on Friday when she was dropped off, or was it the teacher when she left class and was picked up after school?
    Was it a Grandparent within the house? Just because the grandparent was there that night does not confirm that Haleigh was seen by her.
    Someone, needs to really set and talk to the Grandparents, and really let them talk.. Don’t ask them direct questions, but let them reflect, they are more likely to say things that would be picked up on.

  33. heather says:

    Can I just comment about the divorce decree that was published in this case. Anyone who has ever been unable to show to court for such an important hearing(custody of yoour beautiful children) knows that whoever is there at the hearings gets to say what ever they want to. Note how Ronald speaks of Crystals so called cocaine habit but Crystal is not even there to defend this and this mere statement winds up in the order. How do I know so much about these BS tricks, I have been there done that. I went into hiding with my two children after my ex fractured my face, gave me head contusions, and tried to strangle me to death(all documented and at the time felonies against him for this attack) and in my absence he took custody away from me(called default custody) and somehow got out of all criminal liability. Later a report was published that the local police testified contrary to the evidence at a grand jury proceeding that they believed he had not been the primary aggressor. These were his friends so it was not as shocking as it sounds and at the time he was going through the actions of becoming an NYPD officer. The good ole boys do exist. The Court documents in my absence were filled with his lies and his denial of all wrong doing. This happens more often then you think. Please use great caution when reading such documents to form assessments. This particular divorce document details that the mother was not there and we now know her attorney is representing her for that very reason. This was a violation of Crystals due process rights in court. The other problem in FL is the attorney who drafts the proposed order to the court for the judge to sign, very often puts things in the order(sneaks them in) that were not actual findings of the court. This Happens ALL THE TIME, and it is my opinion that most of the attorneys in FL are scum sucking, corrupt pieces of garbage who will do anything for a buck. Just my opinion based on what I have been through.

  34. Me1 says:

    Why do we not here any thing regarding this case in the news any more? Are there any new developements? We still here about Casey Anthony but I have not seen anything about Haleigh at all. People should still be looking for this child!!

    Me, there have been a few, but honestly, just sleezy tabloid stuff, and I dont do sleezy tabloid. My heart breaks for this baby. But the answers lie with Misty in my opinion.
    B

  35. anadiana says:

    I pray to God that he has this little girl and all of the missing children in his view, in his care.

    Our country needs to enforce the toughest laws imagainable in every state to protect our most valuable assests…our children. Who could ever know who our great leaders will be?

    I hope extreme pressure is forced upon anyone who has anything to do with this investigation to produce results…even if this means starting over with the father and his girlfriend/wife.

    Also, I believe prosecution should be automatic for any parent who exposes his/her/their child in any knowing way to sexual prediators.

  36. tic toc says:

    yes,”B” misty knows alot more than what she is telling……
    she’s had good training-her life of parental absence and
    hidden tryst’s make for a good candidate…….

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  39. betty riley says:

    i hope and pray that halie is found o. please keep looking and i think misty c .does know sonething that would solve this mistery

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