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PostSubject: Haleigh Cummings Update: Tommy Croslin Scores The Magic 15 In The Pen   Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:34 pm

Haleigh Cummings Update: Tommy Croslin Scores The Magic 15 In The Pen

Posted on August 6th, 2010
by Simon Barrett in crime
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Friday morning Tommy Croslin was back in court for the sentencing phase after pleading No Lo to two charges of drug trafficking. For months we have been hearing Tommy in jail house visits and telephone calls claiming that the maximum sentence he was going to receive was 36 months, and with time served, plus time for good behavior, he would be out in the blink of an eye.
That optimistic view came to a screeching halt this morning. Tommy Croslin was given 15 years behind bars, 10 years probation, and a heart stopping $50,000 fine.
15 seems to be coming a very favorite number in this drug case.
BNN is currently trying to get an eyewitness account of the sentencing, and we will bring you updates as soon as they become available.
We are still waiting for Misty Croslin to face her day in court, and most insiders seem to agree that this may be the one member of the group that may face an even stiffer penalty than the others have so far scored.
While the drug case is not directly connected with the search for Haleigh Cummings, it is a clear indicator that Law Enforcement are playing some very hardball with these people.
UPDATE: We did find a eyewitness to the court hearing. They have asked that we mention no names. We do say thank you to our source:

Tommy appeared shocked but Lindsy was the most visibly shaken. She testified on his behalf at the hearing. She stated the only reason for the divorce was due to family pressure. She spoke of what a “good” person and daddy he is. She also stated she still loves him and plans to be with him again when he gets out. This was, however, when she thought he was going to get 3 years. I don’t know how his sentencing will influence her plans now. She was in tears and waiting to speak with Tommy’s lawyer when I left. My heart was broken for Hank, Lisa and Lindsy. I felt that Tommy may have learned some things during his incarceration; but is still not ready to take full responsibility for his actions as evidenced to me by some of the untruthful answers he gave while under sworn testimony. Such a pitiful sight…..
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PostSubject: Exclusive: Joe Overstreet Behind Bars, Briefly   Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:33 am

Exclusive: Joe Overstreet Behind Bars, Briefly



Joseph Edward Overstreet, Misty Croslin cousin, My Space
By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
Joseph Edward Overstreet, 21, the so called “cousin Joe” Misty Croslin blames for kidnapping a five year old she was babysitting, was jailed Sunday night in Nashville, Tennessee, on an unrelated felony drug charge, manufacturing marijuana, and possession.
At 7:57 pm Sunday,.records show Overstreet was booked into the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center (CJC), a medium/maximum facility build in 1982 that can house 807 inmates; bond was at $7,000. Within hours, he had bonded out.
A sheriff’s deputy tells The Bald Truth that Overstreet will be arraigned at 9 a.m. August 12 in downtown Nashville.
Overstreet denies he was involved in Haleigh gone missing and says he’s a convenient family scapegoat, blamed by Misty and brother Tommy Croslin, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for felony drug trafficking on Friday.
Misty’s trial on her drug trafficking charges starts Aug. 23 in Putnam County, Fla. Her ex-husband, Ronald Cummings, is gunning for a 15 year plea deal for his role in the drug dealing and may testify against Misty, but won’t be sentenced until after her trial, so authorities can determine how cooperative he’s been.
A family member alerted The Bald Truth earlier Sunday evening that Overstreet’s home in Antioch, Tennessee was “surrounded by police cars,” and that he was handcuffed and sitting in the backseat of a cruiser.
“My nephew called to tell me the place was covered up with police cars,” said Flora Hollars in an exclusive interview with The Bald Truth. “His parents don’t even know.”
Both parents are long haul truckers, and could not be reached for comment. Hollars tells me they were close to crossing the Texas Mexico border when their boy was busted. “They won’t be very happy,” Hollars told me.
Florida investigators working on Haleigh Cummings were also scrambling for details. ”I got a call from one detective asking if I knew what was going on up there,” she went on.
No Putnam County officials could be reached Sunday night regarding how this might affect the seemingly stalled Haleigh Cummings probe, but if the arrest gives detectives a new excuse, or fresh access, to pay Overstreet a visit, either behind bars, or at home, it could offer law enforcement a chance to leverage information, and breathe new life into the probe.
Overstreet has an attorney, and, like Tommy Croslin’s, has insisted being present during any questioning.
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PostSubject: Home of Joe Overstreet, Haleigh Cummings' Relative, Raided by Police in Tenn.   Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:50 am

Home of Joe Overstreet, Haleigh Cummings' Relative, Raided by Police in Tenn.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Police swarmed an Antioch home Sunday evening, the same one that was once part of the search for Haleigh Cummings.

Acting on a tip, Nashville Metro Police searched the home of Joe Overstreet on Antioch Pike. A sergeant at the home said officers found what they believe to be stolen goods and narcotics. Officers detained and questioned two men at the home.

In April, Florida investigators questioned Joe Overstreet, a man who lives there, in their search for clues in the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings. Overstreet, is the cousin of Misty Croslin who was caring for Haleigh in February 2009 when the little girl vanished, according to investigators. Overstreet also was visiting the family in Putnam County at the time of Haleigh's disappearance.

In April, during a renewed search for Haleigh, Overstreet denied he played a part in the girl's disappearance.

Police did not immediately identify Overstreet as one of the two men detained and questioned in connection with Sunday's investigation. No charges had been filed as of Sunday night.



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PostSubject: Police Swarm Antioch Home   Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:53 pm





Police Swarm Antioch Home


Acting On Tip, Investigators Discover Possible Stolen Goods, Narcotics

Reported by Josh DeVine


POSTED: 9:53 pm CDT August 8, 2010
UPDATED: 11:51 pm CDT August 8, 2010





NASHVILLE, Tenn. --


Metro Police swarmed an Antioch home Sunday evening, the same one that was once the center of the search for clues into a nationally-known missing child case.

Acting on a tip, officers search a home in the 1500 block of Antioch Pike. A sergeant at the home said officers found what they believe to be stolen goods and narcotics. Officers detained and questioned two men at the home.

This isn't the first time this year the home attracted both police and public attention.

In April, Florida investigators questioned Joe Overstreet, a man who lives there, in their search for clues in the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings. Overstreet's cousin once cared for Haleigh and he, according to investigators, was there when the little girl vanished.

In an interview with Channel 4 News in April, Overstreet denied he played a part in the girl's disappearance.

Police did not immediately identify Overstreet as one of the two men detained and questioned in connection with Sunday's investigation. No charges had been filed as of Sunday night.

As for the Cummings investigation, authorities in Florida have persons of interest, but have not publicly identified them.
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PostSubject: Misty Croslin's cousin, Joe Overstreet arrested for (surprise! surprise!) drugs   Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:17 pm

Misty Croslin’s cousin, Joe Overstreet arrested for (surprise!surprise!) drugs

August 9, 2010

tags: ron cummings, misty cummings, tommy croslin, Joe Overstreet
by itsamysterytome

Misty Cumming’s cousin, Joe Overstreet, was arrested today for allegedly growing marijuana at his Tennessee home in a weekend SWAT raid. The charges were for manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A second man, Justin Hogue, was also arrested on theft and drug charges. He has been released on bond.
Tennessee police say they went to Overstreet’s house in response to a tip about an assault. The car used in the assault was located at Joe’s home, and during a subsequent search they found marijuana growing in the backyard.
Joe was accused by Misty Cummings and her brother, Tommy, of being the one that kidnapped Haleigh Cummings, the little girl who disappeared while under Misty’s care in February 2009. Police in Satsuma have interviewed Joe extensively in the past but no arrest in relation to Haleigh’s disappearance has ever been made of him—or anyone else for that matter.
So, Joe’s arrested for drugs–just like Misty, and Ron, and her brother, Tommy, and Misty’s mommy and daddy. (have I left anyone out? yawn) I hope, (but seriously doubt), that this latest arrest will help bring new information to light as to what happened to little Haleigh. But, the good news is anyone and everyone connected to this case is now, or with a little luck, will soon be behind bars!
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PostSubject: Justin Hogue's wrap sheet - arrested with Joe Overstreet   Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:54 pm

This is Justin Hogue's wrap sheet.....he was arrested with Joe Overstreet.

HOGUE, JUSTIN BLAIR Projected Release Date: | Click here for Vine Notification
Facility: Criminal Justice Center
Unit-Pod: 1-A
Security Level:
Admitted Date: Aug 8, 2010 7:54:42 PM
Initial Booking Date: Aug 8, 2010 7:54:42 PM
Medical Screening Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:12:35 PM
Final Booking Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:45:52 PM

CIS No.: 526872
OCA No.: 353650
Sex: M
Race: White
Date of Birth: Jul 29, 1988
Age: 22

Active Charges & Sentencing Information
This inmate has a total of 3 charges.
1
Warrant No.GS503971
Warrant No.: GS503971 Bond Amount: $5,000.00
Arrested Charge: THEFT OF PROPERTY, $500< Type: Misdemeanor
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:
2
Warrant No.GS503969
Warrant No.: GS503969 Bond Amount: $20,000.00
Arrested Charge: THEFT, PROPERTY, $10,000+<$60,000 Type: Felony
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:
3
Warrant No.GS503970
Warrant No.: GS503970 Bond Amount: $2,000.00
Arrested Charge: DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, POSSESS Type: Misdemeanor
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:

Facility: Criminal Justice Center
Unit-Pod: 1-A
Security Level:
Admitted Date: Aug 8, 2010 7:54:42 PM
Initial Booking Date: Aug 8, 2010 7:54:42 PM
Medical Screening Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:12:35 PM
Final Booking Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:45:52 PM

CIS No.: 526872
OCA No.: 353650
Sex: M
Race: White
Date of Birth: Jul 29, 1988
Age: 22

Active Charges & Sentencing Information
This inmate has a total of 3 charges.
1
Warrant No.GS503971
Warrant No.: GS503971 Bond Amount: $5,000.00
Arrested Charge: THEFT OF PROPERTY, $500< Type: Misdemeanor
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:
2
Warrant No.GS503969
Warrant No.: GS503969 Bond Amount: $20,000.00
Arrested Charge: THEFT, PROPERTY, $10,000+<$60,000 Type: Felony
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:
3
Warrant No.GS503970
Warrant No.: GS503970 Bond Amount: $2,000.00
Arrested Charge: DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, POSSESS Type: Misdemeanor
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:

Warrant No.GS503971
Warrant No.: GS503971 Bond Amount: $5,000.00
Arrested Charge: THEFT OF PROPERTY, $500< Type: Misdemeanor
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:
2
Warrant No.GS503969
Warrant No.: GS503969 Bond Amount: $20,000.00
Arrested Charge: THEFT, PROPERTY, $10,000+<$60,000 Type: Felony
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:
3
Warrant No.GS503970
Warrant No.: GS503970 Bond Amount: $2,000.00
Arrested Charge: DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, POSSESS Type: Misdemeanor
Convicted Charge: Type:
Status of Charge: Awaiting Trial Disposition:

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PostSubject: Art Harris on HLN Nancy Grace, JVM Monday: Using Joe Overstreet Bust to Pressure Misty?   Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:05 am

Art Harris on HLN Nancy Grace, JVM Monday: Using Joe Overstreet Bust to Pressure Misty?


By Art Harris, the Bald Truth, (c) artharris.com, all rights reserved
Police swarmed the Antioch, Tennessee house of Misty Croslin’s cousin Sunday on a tip that he was among the suspects in an attempted armed robbery and assault seen driving a silver Chrysler 300.
After officers spotted the car in Joseph Edward Overstreet’s driveway, they spotted Croslin’s cousin in the front yard and began questioning him. According to the search warrants obtained by The Bald Truth and posted here, it went downhill from there:
While verifying the VIN number of the Chrysler, the officer found five pot plants growing in the back yard, and other drug paraphernalia inside. Overstreet was arrested and charged with felony pot growing; another associate was taken into custody as well, and another fled the house.
Overstreet was in the Satsuma visiting relatives days before Haleigh disappeared, then left to go home to Tennessee a day after she went missing. While others have accused him of taking the missing child from the trailer, where cousins Tommy Croslin and Misty place him, driving the blue van loaned to brother Timmy. Only Overstreet denies involvement, has been interviewed twice by Haleigh investigators and never charged in the case.
Sunday, as a SWAT team offered backup, police arrested Overstreet, and Justin Blair Hogue, 22, who was charged with grand theft, petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. The police affadavit says Hogue told officers he traded narcotics for the stolen Chrysler found in the driveway.
Rick Ryan, chief deputy for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, tells The Bald Truth investigators have no plans to travel to Tennessee to interview Overstreet, who has been interviewed twice about the Cummings case already.
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overstreet arrest felony drug warrant 2
overstreet drug paraphernalia arrest
overstreet associate Theft of Property
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PostSubject: The Death of Haleigh Cummings   Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:11 pm

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


The Death of Haleigh Cummings




The following is a commentary on what I believe happened to Haleigh Cummings based upon linguistic indicators from the words of Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin, and Ronald Cummings. The specific analysis of these words can be found at this web page. Within lies, specific words are chosen which are closest to the memory. 90% of lies contain truth. Even in the lies of those involved, we may stich together enough to know what happened to Haleigh Cummings.
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Haleigh Cummings life came to an abrupt end on a February night, in 2009 when her father's teen aged girlfriend had enough of Haleigh's needs, as well as her little brother, Junior's.

Ronald Cummings, a long term addict and violent drug dealer, had himself been a childhood victim of abuse and neglect. He had known neglect as the standard of care in his own family.

Ronald had an attraction for very young girls. Any resistance to this perversion quickly dissipated with the use of substances. Stunted in his own development, he grew into a violent, defensive, and insecure young man; a menace to society. His many involvements with child protective services likely left workers exasperated in attempts to prove that the children were unsafe with him. As a last resort, they had him sign a contract in which he agreed to not strike his children other than a spanking. This would be done due to the reports of physical abuse. A signed contract could then be taken to a judge, once a report of abuse was received, and, perhaps, a judge would sign an order putting Haleigh and Junior into Florida State custody, and out of danger.

It never happened.


Emotional abuse is the most difficult to prove because by the time it is proven (testimony from the intervening professionals) the damage is done.

Ronald also agreed to get a job, which, social services likely had hoped would end his drug trade business. It did not.

A snapshot into the life of those degraded by drugs is visible in the family of Misty Croslin. Both parents addicted to drugs raised children the same way: get high, lay around, and let others pay the bills. The guilt a messianic society feels drives them to intervene and enable parents like the Croslins. Any item given to them could be quickly pawned and turned into the next high. Once high, they would lay on the couch, watch TV, and live of the production of others.

Ronald, without an education, got a job and left his children in the care of an immoral drugged 17 year old Misty Croslin. Their drug business would have to be a side job as he was going to prove to social services that he could be a man and provide for his family.

Misty was out on a sex and drug binge. She was going to prove to him that she could survive without him. He was a violent, explosive man, a danger to himself and others, and had controlled her through violence sometimes, but the threat of violence always.

Misty knew how to make money. Soulless at such a young age, she sold her dignity, along with her body, to the highest bidder. After days on end of endless sexual escapades and sleeplessness fueled by drugs, Misty was in no shape to watch the children while Ronald went to work. Ronald tried to get his mother to watch them, but she refused. Teresa Nieves, Ronald's mother, became the darling of the Nancy Grace show, complete with make-over and plentiful tears, the host brought her back repeatedly. "Miss Nancy", Ronald called her, gave indication of transparent manipulation. Grace loved it and even went as far as to say, through the cameras, that as she looked into his eyes, she "knew" him and "knew" he was a "good man". This infuriated the audience (including other talking heads who quickly labelled Ronald a "sociopath" and a "charmer".

With no one to watch the children, Misty responded with the answer that she had been brought up with; the same answer used to answer any question of inconvenience: drugs.

It is likely that she and Ronald used drugs often to put the children to sleep.

On the fateful night of Haleigh's death, the "business as usual" looked like this:

Ronald would work until 3AM, stop off at a convenience store, pick up beer, and sit down for some alone time with Misty while the kids slept.

This begs the question: Who gets up at 5AM or 6AM with the children when they wake up?

Young children wake up early, even in drug houses.

A terrible consequence is paid by children who disrupt the sleep of drugged or intoxicated adults. I've seen too many toddlers who, at an early age, knew how to make their own breakfast, or hide beneath a bed, quaking, while the drugged parent screams for silence. The violent outburst is something that Haleigh was likely very familiar with, just as she knew well what the backhand across the face meant:

take junior out of the room and keep him as quiet as possible.

Haleigh would have grown up to be an excellent lie detector, as so many abused children learn to read the faces, including micro-expressions, of anger and rage, and learn how to quickly cover up and scoot away to safety.

Ronald, of course, would know that it only takes a small portion of an oxy to put her to sleep. This would explain why, although apparently at work, he did not report what Misty had done that night. He feared being an accessory to the crime and losing junior. Of course, child protective services were even more frustrated in that the mother and her family were just as enmeshed in the drug world as Cummings and Croslins were.

Addicts aren't known for generosity in sharing drugs, but if it meant self interest, it would happen. A small portion of a pill could gain them hours of sleep, and because it is self serving, it is done.

That night, Misty was not able, even with all the pharmacological helps in the world, to stay awake. She could not bear the whining, or asking for a drink, or Haleigh's whimpers for relief from her hurting legs.

At some point, her brother, Tommy Croslin came over.

Tommy, himself, placed his presence at the crime scene. Why did he go there?

The answer would be found in self interest.

What was the allure for Tommy Croslin to go to his sister's trailer? Several theories have bantered about, but no matter what it was, we can be certain that it was something that Tommy wanted.

He may have been there to molest Haleigh, as has been suggested.
He may have come in response to a call from Misty because Haleigh had stopped breathing.
He may have gone there to rob Ronald.

Whatever the reason, what he did there was something so awful that his 15 year sentence for drug trafficking was preferred over telling the truth. This means that he was involved in the death and/or disappearance of Haleigh Cummings. Did he drug her in order to molest her? Or, did Misty demand assistance by blackmailing Tommy, promising to tell what she knew about what he had been doing to Haleigh, as Misty may have been selling Haleigh for drug money.

For addicts, it is difficult to find the bottom. But for a 17 year old who was raised her entire life by addicts, it is almost impossible to know how low she will sink.

"What profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?"

This means, simply, in life, that there is nothing gained by someone who has obtained the best steak in the world, but has lost the taste buds to enjoy it. The "aristos" is gone and the labor for nothing. When the soul is lost, the dead gaze of the eyes shows no dignity, and addicts are reduced to things that make society chill with fear. I knew one who would sell her own children on the trains in NYC, for cigarettes.

Whatever it was that brought Tommy Croslin into the scene, it is bad enough that he would rather do 15 years in prison and lie to investigators, then to tell the truth and face the consequences.

We also know that when Misty Croslin called 911, the call itself is deceptive. Just as she failed polygraph after polygraph, the polygraphy of Statement Analysis shows that the call was a fake, but within it, contains elements of truth. Misty mentions things in this call that shows what was in her mind when she placed the call; the things most important to her, and things she recalled that had transpired in the hours prior to the call.

For the full analysis of the call, click here:



The basics is simple:

People report what is most important to them in order and for Misty, she reported:

1. She was sleeping
2. The door was open
3. A child was missing.

Later in the call, she was asked the size of the child, but instead answered about her hair color and talked about cinder blocks. Why?
She likely saw, in her mind's eye, Haleigh's long hair dangling as Tommy carried her out, and the blocks would be used to weigh down the body in water. As she struggled with lying, she chose words familiar to what she had just experienced.

90% of lies contain truth.

Tommy and Misty are both so deeply entrenched into the death of Haleigh Cummings that prison sentences of 15 years or more, are preferable to the consequences of having the public, the prosecutors, and other prisoners know the truth of what happened to Haleigh.

But what of Ronald?

Ronald has been deceptive since the beginning. He lied to Geraldo Rivera (see analysis)

http://seamusoriley.blogspot.com/2010/05/ronald-cummings-domestic-violence.html

Ronald knew what happened and helped coach Misty through the 911 call.

Some believe that Ronald was directly involved in her death and was at the scene when her body was discarded, but others believe he was still at work. Regardless, he has had reason, up to now, to keep Misty silent.

What has he done since Haleigh's death?

1. He has consistently lied.
2. He married Misty Croslin
3. He tipped Misty off to Texas Equasearch's attempt to locate Haleigh, so that Misty would not reveal this information
4. Ronald decapitated a rat and put it in his brother in law's mailbox to keep him from "ratting" out what he knew about Haleigh's Ronald's daughter)disappearance.
5. Ronald divorced Misty.
6. He has been video taped along with Misty in drug trafficking, this after his many denials of involvement with drugs in spite of a record of arrests.

The undercover tape reveals a sharper Misty Croslin, confident of the money she and Ronald were going to make in drug dealing. In spite of being followed by media, the Satsuma gang still thought they could cash in on the drug business, after failing to cash in on their 15 minutes of media fame.

Since Haleigh's death, the cast of characters has come and gone with media. Flora Hollars, Misty's grandmother, was hailed as "courageous" by some of the talking heads, but then ridiculed for being a liar (by the same talking heads) but now has made a comeback, of sorts, appearing again on television.

Attempts to blame cousin Joe Overstreet have failed miserably.

Ronald Cummings is now faced with a long prison sentence.

We will know the extent of his involvement shortly.

If Ronald cuts a deal with prosecutors in exchange for precise information on what caused Haleigh's death and where her remains may be found, we may know that his involvement began after the fact.

If he, instead, takes the drug sentencing and remains silent, we may know that he was directly involved in her death, as was Tommy and Misty Croslin.

Better to be in prison as a drug trafficker than a child killer.

Ronald is a violent man, and his daughter met a violent end. She may have been alive when they disposed of her body, which would mean that she put up a fight to breathe, howbeit a short and losing fight.

Haleigh's life was tragic; full of violence, uncertainty, neglect, and horror. Her death was the same.

Police are confident that they have the perpetrators of her death in prison.

If Ronald does not take a plea deal, it is still likely that, over time, the truth of precisely what happened to poor little Haleigh will come out, in small amounts, while the years of boredom set in.

The years between 25 and 40 are considered some of the most productive years in a person's life. For those who caused the death of Haleigh Cummings, these years will be spent in prison.

For the investigators and prosecutors who have poured their own souls into Haleigh Cummings, this is little satisfaction.

They still want justice for Haleigh Cummings.

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PostSubject: Vigil Marks 18 Months Since Haleigh Disappeared   Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:13 pm

Vigil Marks 18 Months Since Haleigh Disappeared


Grandmother Says Family Is Holding Onto Hope




POSTED: 11:18 am EDT August 10, 2010
UPDATED: 11:40 am EDT August 10, 2010






PALATKA, Fla. -- Tuesday marks 18 months since Haleigh Cummings vanished from her Putnam County home.
Her father's family will hold a vigil Tuesday night at the First Baptist Church in Welaka.
Haleigh's grandmother said they are holding onto hope that the missing 6-year-old will still be found.
She was last seen in February 2009 with her father's ex-wife Misty Croslin.
Misty and Haleigh's father, Ronald, are currently in jail on drug trafficking charges.
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PostSubject: Family Holds Vigil For Haleigh Cummings   Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:46 pm

Family Holds Vigil For Haleigh Cummings


Diena Thompson Showed Support

POSTED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
UPDATED: 11:14 pm EDT August 10, 2010





PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Eighteen months ago Tuesday is when the northeast Florida community learned 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings had vanished.
Family and friends of the girl who disappeared from her Satsuma home in February 2009 gathered Tuesday night at the First Baptist Church of Welaka for a candlelight vigil, still hoping Haleigh will be found alive.
Despite their hopes, investigators said in April they are considering the case a homicide investigation and no longer a missing person case.
Haleigh's family, however, said until there is proof, they will hope and pray that she will come home safely. They said the vigil was not only to honor Haleigh, but also to keep her name and picture out there so she could be found.
Annette Sykes, Haleigh's grandmother, said it is important for people to know Haleigh is still missing.
"We believe she is alive, and not just our family, but there is an unbelievable amount of people who believe Haleigh's still alive," she said.
Also showing support for the family was Diena Thompson, whose own daughter, Somer, went missing last October.
""We're talking about our similar situations and how it makes us feel and I think we both give each other solace," Thompson said.
Haleigh's name has returned to the headlines repeatedly since January when her father, Ronald Cummings, his ex-wife and the last person known to see the girl, Misty Cummings, and Misty's brother Hank Croslin Jr. were all arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Croslin was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Misty Cummings' cousin, Joe Overstreet, was arrested Sunday in Tennessee on federal drug charges. He was visiting family in Satsuma when Haleigh disappeared.
Despite all of the attention placed on Haleigh's family, no arrest has been made in her case.
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PostSubject: Conway Resigns As Anthony's Attorney   Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:08 am

Conway Resigns As Anthonys' Attorney


Casey Anthony Charged With Murder In Death Of Daughter, Caylee

POSTED: Monday, August 16, 2010
UPDATED: 8:04 am EDT August 16, 2010





ORLANDO, Fla. -- The attorney representing the parents of Casey Anthony, who is charged with murdering her daughter, Caylee, has stepped down, citing what he called false allegations made by Anthony's defense team.
Brad Conway, who represents George and Cindy Anthony, announced on Monday that he's resigning as a result of a defense motion filed last week by Casey Anthony's defense in a dispute with Texas Equusearch, the group who helped search for Caylee.
In the filing, Jose Baez, Casey Anthony's lead attorney, claims Conway was given unrestricted access to review thousands of pages of volunteer documents while the defense has not been given equal access.
Conway on Monday released the following statement regarding his resignation:
"With regret, I am forced to resign as George and Cindy Anthony's attorney. The defense motion filed on Aug. 9, 2010, contains allegations that are not, in fact, true. As an officer of the court, I cannot stand idly by knowing allegations involving me have been misstated. I am now a witness to an inaccurate legal pleading filed in our court system. As such, I cannot continue in good conscience as a legal representative. George and Cindy Anthony have done nothing improper, it is the failure of the defense to verify the facts alleged in their motion that forces my withdrawal. I will continue to support the Anthonys, will continue to attend hearings and the eventual trial, and most importantly, I will continue to search for the full truth regarding the killing of Caylee Marie Anthony."
Casey Anthony, 24, is jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of Caylee, whose remains were found in December 2008. Caylee was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008, about a month after she was last seen alive.
Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is scheduled to being in May 2011.
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PostSubject: Misty Croslin Could Make a Plea in Court Today   Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:41 am

Misty Croslin Could Make a Plea in Court Today



PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- The woman who called 911 on the night Haleigh Cummings disappeared could make a plea in an unrelated drug case this morning.
Misty Croslin is due in court at 9 a.m. on drug trafficking charges.
Deputies arrested Croslin, her ex-husband and Haleigh's father Ronald Cummings, her brother Hank 'Tommy' Croslin, Hope Sykes, and Donna Brock of Orlando during an undercover sting last January.
Misty Croslin faces six counts of trafficking in prescription medication.
The drug charges are unrelated to the search for Haleigh Cummings, though investigators say Croslin is the key to solving the case.
Croslin put Haleigh Cummings to bed on the night of February 9, 2009, and woke up early the next morning to notice the little girl had disappeared from her home in Satsuma.
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PostSubject: Misty Croslin Plea? (Statement Analysis)   Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:54 am

Monday, August 16, 2010


Misty Croslin Plea?





Haleigh Cummings update:

The last person admittedly to see Haleigh Cummings alive, Misty Croslin, may choose to take a plea deal today, August 16, 2010. Should she fail to take the plea deal, Misty Croslin will stand trial on August 23, 2010.

We may be reaching a point where an answer of sorts emerges in the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.

Tommy Croslin was sentenced to 15 years in prison, in spite of pleas from his father and wife.

Tommy Croslin worked hard at deceiving law enforcement; likely giving them truth, and then backpeddling from it. He likely passed portions of the polygraph, but then failed others.

He was no longer of any value to those responsible for finding answers.

Misty must have been listening carefully.


Misty Croslin and her ex-husband, and father of missing Florida girl Haleigh Cummings, were caught on surveillance video selling prescription medications.

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PostSubject: Misty Croslin pleads no contest in drug-trafficking case   Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:23 am

Misty Croslin pleads no contest in drug-trafficking case

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Misty Croslin, 18, leaves the court room after a entering a plea of no contest for drug-trafficking at the Putnam County Courthouse Monday, August 16, 2010By Chad Smith
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Published: Monday, August 16, 2010 at 10:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 16, 2010 at 10:35 a.m.


PALATKA - Misty Croslin, the woman who was watching 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings on the night in February 2009 when the girl was reported missing from her Satsuma home, pleaded no contest to unrelated drug-trafficking charges on Monday.



Misty Croslin, 18, enters a Putnam County Courthouse court room to enter pleas of no contest to 7 counts of drug trafficking Monday, August 16, 2010.
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Croslin, 18, is now possibly facing 25 years in prison when she is sentenced in the fall. As it stood, the seven cases against her in Putnam County could have added up to more than 200 years in prison.
Croslin has another trafficking case in St. Johns County, where a hearing is set for Tuesday.
Assistant State Attorney Jason Lewis said he expected a similar plea change in that case.
Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, was also charged in the same undercover sting earlier this year and has tentatively agreed to a 15-year sentence
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PostSubject: Misty Croslin Enters 'No Contest' Plea to Putnam Drug Charges   Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:44 am

Misty Croslin Enters 'No Contest' Plea to Putnam Drug Charges














PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Misty Croslin could spend up to 240 years in prison following this morning's plea, but her attorney likely will seek a sentence closer to six years.

Croslin, the last person to see Haleigh Cummings in her home in February 2009, entered a "no contest" plea to the seven drug-related charges facing her following her arrest in January.

The maximum she could face if all seven charges are given the maximum sentence and are assigned consecutively would be 240 years, according to the state attorney's office.

Croslin's attorney, though, is trying to have Croslin sentenced as a youthful offender, which means she could face up to six years.

She will learn her sentence in October.

Her attorney, Robert Fields, told the judge this morning that a "landslide of evidence" against Croslin, including video of her with the drugs and several undercover officers as witnesses in the case, led to the no contest plea.

Fields also said he will need about three hours to present his case at the sentencing hearing, where he will introduce more evidence and witnesses.

Croslin, sporting a new, shorter haircut that replaced the braided look she wore in court earlier in the trial, told the judge she understands the charges against her.

She is due in St. Johns County court Tuesday to face a similar charge, and there's a potential rub.

Under Florida law, youthful offender status can only be granted one time, so if Croslin is sentenced in Putnam County as a youthful offender, she cannot be given the same treatment in St. Johns County.

The drug trafficking charge against her there carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years if she is convicted.

A plea is expected in that case as well.

Croslin and four others were arrested in January on drug trafficking charges unrelated to the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings, though the girl's father, Ronald Cummings, was also among those arrested.

Earlier in August, Croslin's brother Hank Jr., known as Tommy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of probation. He was also among those arrested in January.

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PostSubject: Misty Cummings Plea Deal in Court   Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:34 pm

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PostSubject: Misty Croslin heard Haleigh being attacked before the 5-yr-old vanished, her attorney said   Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:10 am

Misty Croslin heard Haleigh being attacked before the 5-year-old vanished, her attorney said



Posted: August 17, 2010 - 10:26am






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ST. AUGUSTINE — Misty Croslin cowered beneath a sheet and heard the screams of Haleigh Cummings being attacked the night the 5-year-old disappeared, Croslin's attorney said this morning.
Croslin has told investigators she was at the mobile home in Satsuma in Putnam County and heard the attack then heard a van door outside open and close, Robert Fields said following a hearing on a prescription drug charge Croslin faces in St. Johns County.
The five- to six-minute attack happened after a cousin of Croslin's came to the mobile home looking for a machine gun belonging to Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings.
The gun wasn't there, Fields said
"Haleigh was a substitute," he said.
He said Croslin hid beneath the sheet holding 3-year-old Ronald Cummings Jr..
Fields said Croslin, who is likely facing 25 years in prison on unrelated drug trafficking charges, has told invesigators the story.
This morning, she pleaded no contest to a charge of trafficking in oxycodone at a St. Johns County truck stop. Judge Wendy Berger set an Oct. 8 sentencing date. Monday, Croslin pleaded no contest to seven similar charges in Putnam County.
Previously, Croslin family members have said Joe Overstreet, a cousin in Tennessee, was at the mobile home the night Haleigh disappeared 18 months ago. Croslin's brother, Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr., was also there at some point that night.
Fields said it is not clear if Croslin Jr. was at the mobile home when Haleigh was attacked. He had been there eralier in the night.
Croslin Jr. has said he was at the mobile home that night. He and his sister are telling investigators similar stories, Fields said.
Croslin Jr. has said he delayed telling his part of the story because he feared for the welfare of his family. He relented after he was jailed on the drug-trafficking charges and his family moved from Satsuma.
Investigators questioned Overstreet that February and again this year in Tennessee where he lives. But he has never been charged or named a suspect.
Today marks Haleigh's seventh birthday. A balloon release is scheduled for shortly after 2 p.m. at Memorial Bridge in Palatka.
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PostSubject: Haleigh Cummings Babysitter Misty Croslin Pleads Nolo 2.0   Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:32 am

Haleigh Cummings Babysitter Misty Croslin Pleads Nolo 2.0

Posted on August 17th, 2010
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Tuesday saw Misty Croslin back in court, this time in St. Augustine. This was to face yet another drug trafficking charge, one that carries a 25 year mandatory minimum. Her plea of Nolo should come as no surprise. However that is not to say that the hearing did not have its fair share of surprises.
The biggest surprise is that the pre-sentence hearing has been set for October/9 and will be held IN CONJUNCTION with the Putnam County charges that she plead to yesterday. This ‘joining’ of the two cases opens an interesting door. Does this mean that attorney Fields can now play his Youthful Offender card and have it stick across both cases? Could Misty Croslin score a measly six years and walk away from these charges spending far less jail time than her accomplices?
The second surprise was to be found in the audience. In attendance were both Crystal Sheffield, her mother Marie Griffis and another unknown female. Our observer who was in the court room told us that throughout the hearing Crystal looked distinctly nervous, wringing her hands, and tapping her feet.
I find it somewhat curious that the Sheffield’s did not attend the recent vigil for missing Haleigh Cummings, yet would turn up for for Misty Croslin’s court appearance in a case completely unrelated to the search for Haleigh Cummings.
We are still waiting for a report on the court appearances of Hank and Lisa Croslin. We will bring you an update as soon as we have it.
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PostSubject: Lawyer: Misty Says Haleigh Was Taken In Black Bag   Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:12 pm

Lawyer: Misty Says Haleigh Was Taken In Black Bag


Lawyer Says Misty Croslin's Cousin Took Missing Girl

POSTED: Tuesday, August 17, 2010
UPDATED: 2:56 pm EDT August 17, 2010





ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The woman who was at home with Haleigh Cummings the night she disappeared told investigators she heard the girl being attacked, her attorney said Tuesday.
VIDEO: New Developments

Attorney Robert Fields said 18-year-old Misty Croslin told investigators the attack came after her cousin arrived looking for a gun belonging to Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings. Croslin was living in a Satsuma mobile home with Cummings at the time. The two later married but then broke up.
Croslin told investigators she saw her cousin Joe Overstreet put the screaming child in a black bag, and she heard a van door open and close outside.





Haleigh Cummings.

"According to Misty, Joe took Haleigh while Misty was laying in bed and covered herself up with a blanket. They were there for like seven minutes, appeared to be on drugs and Misty says she saw Joe put Haleigh in a black bag and she heard Haleigh scream," said Fields, speaking with reporters after her court appearance in St. Johns County on unrelated drug trafficking charges. "Haleigh was a substitute for the missing gun."
Croslin hid beneath a sheet with Cumming's 3-year-old son during the attack, Fields said.
Neither Fields nor the Putnam County Sheriff's Office immediately returned follow-up phone messages or e-mails from The Associated Press.
Previously, Croslin's family has said Overstreet was at the mobile home the night Haleigh disappeared.
He was arrested on drug charges last week in Tennessee, but he has never been charged or named as a suspect in Haleigh's disappearance. His attorney, Shawn P. Sirgo of Nashville, Tenn., told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Overstreet had nothing to do with the child's disappearance.
He told The Florida Times-Union that Croslin has changed her story numerous times.
"I don't believe anything she said," he said.
Croslin pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of trafficking in oxycodone at a St. Johns County truck stop. She pleaded no contest to seven similar charges in Putnam County on Monday.
Fields said Croslin gave her account to investigators after her arrest on the drug charges in January. Cummings also was arrested, along with Croslin's brother and two others, in an undercover sting.
The sheriff's office has questioned Croslin's credibility in the past. She also has said she awoke at 3 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2009, to find Haleigh missing and a back door propped open by a brick.
Tuesday marks Haleigh's 7th birthday. After Croslin's plea hearing, Haleigh's mother, Crystal Sheffield, told reporters that she believes investigators are doing the best they can.
"Do I believe my daughter's dead? No," she said. "And until they show me something, I won't."
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PostSubject: Now That Misty Has Changed Her Plea To No Contest, She's Telling The 'Truth' About What Happened To Haleigh Cummings   Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:29 pm

Now That Misty Has Changed Her Plea To No Contest, She’s Telling The “Truth” About What Happened To Haleigh Cummings



Haleigh & Misty


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Misty Croslin Cummings

Sources Of Information:
After Plea Attorney Says Misty Heard Haleigh Being Abducted
Misty Knows Who Took Haleigh
Misty Heard Haleigh Being Attacked
It appears that Misty’s story is not much different than her brother Tommy’s, except she is saying he was with cousin Joe and was a part of what happened to Haleigh. She apparently hid under the covers with Jr. and heard Haleigh screaming and then saw them stuff her into a black bag. Apparently the attack on Haleigh lasted 6 or 7 minutes. Her account of what happened goes back to the story that cousin Joe was looking for that gun and it wasn’t there, so he got Haleigh instead.
Is this account true??? If there is any truth to this, and I personally believe there is some truth to it, then Haleigh was tortured and murdered and disposed of before she was ever reported missing. What I don’t understand is how someone could allow that child to meet a fate like that without fighting for her, and then lying for over a year and a half about what happened. It begs for answers to the questions of why Ron was calling Tommy to check on Misty and the kids that night and after the flurry of calls was in no hurry to get home. Why did Tommy claim Misty wasn’t home? It also makes you want to know why Ron married Misty. I suspect there is more to this story, and Ron probably knew what happened, at some point, and it probably had to do with drugs and guns, and so Ron’s “dope boys don’t do that” line, is crap. I suspect that what happened to Haleigh was allowed and covered up for these dirt bags to cover for their own butts, and Haleigh didn’t matter. According to Misty, Joe is the one that attacked and took Haleigh, but Tommy was with him for the gun and must have left with him, and to me if there is any truth to this story, Tommy and Misty could have over powered cousin Joe and saved Haleigh’s life. That is of course if this is true.
I gave you the sources of information first so you could read about Misty’s pleading, and more about the admission about what happened to Haleigh. I really don’t care about Misty changing her plea. What I care about is Haleigh. I hope these dirt bags get the maximum allowed, and that investigators can find enough to bring charges and ultimately JUSTICE FOR HALEIGH.
Crystal Sheffield was at the hearing and she told the press that she believes her daughter is alive and that Misty is responsible for what happened to her.
Personally from the stories of Misty and Tommy, I do not believe Haleigh is alive, and I do believe there is truth in their stories, but I will not go so far as to say that what the are telling is the 100% truth. I just wish that law enforcement could find some kind of evidence, as I’m doubting they will find Haleigh now. Misty and Tommy have told so many lies, that I don’t think you can believe this to be the whole truth, but I do think there is much truth to it. Was it Joe? Was it Tommy? Both??? Is Misty telling the truth of her part in this?
Please God let the investigators find the truth.
This story is sickening. Poor Haleigh……….
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PostSubject: Haleigh Cummings - Misty Heard The Whole Thing!   Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:35 pm

Haleigh Cummings – Misty Heard The Whole Thing!

Posted on August 17th, 2010
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My wife Jan and I have been following this story from day one. Were it not for the fact that a young girl Haleigh Cummings is still missing, I would have found todays news hugely amusing.
On Monday Misty Croslin pleaded no contest to 7 charges concerning the trafficking of prescription drugs. This plea, as some news outlets would have us believe, she faced a potential of 240 years behind bars. Of course this was rubbish, but that is how some people make their advertising dollar. It was far more likely that she faced 25 years. This is no easy street, lets face it, 25 years is still a very long time.
Today (Tuesday) Misty was once again in court, this time in St Johns county. She faced one trafficking charge that carried a 25 year minimum. It was no surprise that Misty Croslin took the no contest plea. Hey, when you are looking at spending the rest of your life behind bars, what is another paltry 25 years?
The real fun started after the hearing was over. Misty Croslin’s attorney Robert Fields seemed to think that this was the perfect time to unleash information on the case that his client apparently did not see fit to share with the police at the time the little girl went missing.
Todays story is that Misty was in bed, heard people in the trailer, and, afraid for her life, pulled the blankets over her head. These ‘bad men’ stole Haleigh.
Of course this is a story with so many holes in it you could drive a Mack Truck through it!
Even if you buy into the story, there are many questions. Number one, what did she do after the ‘Bad Men’ left? Apparently nothing. She went back to sleep!
I am a big fan of Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. This latest invention is about as likely as the Vatican recommending Dan brown for sainthood!
The story we are being fed is about as believable as winning the SuperBall without buying a ticket.
Robert Fields is not usually a guy that makes mistakes, but this might be one. His finesse on getting Misty’s two very separate drug situations combined into one was sheer brilliance. He can now play his ‘trump card’, the youthful offender one.
I am not so sure that this ‘hiding under the covers’ defense is going to work nearly as well. As soon as the ‘bad guys’ left, why didn’t she call 911? OK, maybe she did not have a phone? But I am sure that a neighbour had a phone!
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PostSubject: Balloons Released to Mark Haleigh Cummings' 7th Birthday; CroslinPleads 'No Contest' in SJC   Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:31 am

Balloons Released to Mark Haleigh Cummings' 7th Birthday; Croslin Pleads 'No Contest' in SJC






























ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Strangers, friends and family, led by the grandmother of missing girl Haleigh Cummings released balloons into the air today to commemorate the girl's seventh birthday.

"She'll come home...absolutely," she said. "Even though she's not here, we're celebrating her life...I know wherever she is, she's thinking about us, and we're thinking about her," said Teresa Neves.

Neves is the mother of Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father. The 5-year-old girl vanished in Feb. 2009 while Cummings' now-ex-wife was babysitting her.

Neves spoke on behalf of her son, who is in jail. She said he hasn't been doing well lately and is depressed.

Haleigh was born at 2:16 a.m. Aug. 17, 2003. The group released the balloons at 2:16 p.m. in her honor.

Diena Thompson, the mother of Somer Thompson who was kidnapped and killed after school in October, attended the ceremony. She said she was there for support, and knows the pain of a birthday for an absent child.

Also today, Haleigh's seventh birthday, the last person known to have seen her stood before a judge to face a drug trafficking charge.

Cumming's ex-wife Misty Croslin withdrew her plea of "not guilty" and entered a plea of "no contest," which Judge Wendy Berger clarified as meaning Croslin is "admitting the truth of the charge."

In January, Croslin, along with Haleigh's father and three other people, was arrested on several drug trafficking charges.

For her plea to the oxycodone trafficking charge in St. Johns County she will face a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years and a $500,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Oct. 8.

Haleigh's mother, Crystal Sheffield, was in court this morning, saying she wanted to see Croslin's face on her daughter's birthday.

She also said she believes Croslin is responsible for Haleigh's disappearance. Tearing up as she spoke, she said, "Happy birthday, Haleigh, wherever you are."

Sheffield said she believes her daughter is still alive.

Monday, Croslin entered a "no contest" plea to seven charges in Putnam County. Her sentence, which could be up to 240 years on those charges, will be determined in October.

Her attorney, Robert Fields, has indicated he will try to get her sentenced as a youthful offender, meaning her sentence would likely be closer to six years.

Earlier this year, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy told Haleigh's family to prepare for the likelihood that she is dead, though the investigation is continuing.

If you know anything about Haleigh Cummings' whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous, and there is a reward of more than $30,000 being offered.



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PostSubject: Sheriff Blasts Misty Croslin Attorney!   Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:46 am

Sheriff Blasts Misty Croslin Attorney!



Journalist Art Harris on HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell Show Monday
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The Putnam County Sheriff’s office took a swipe at Misty Croslin’s attorney Tuesday for revealing what his client told investigators happened inside Ronald Cummings trailer the night she reported his five year old daughter missing: that her Tennesee cousin had come looking for a machine gun and when he couldn’t find it, got angry, “roughed up Misty, sexually groped her,” then tossed Haleigh into a black bag and left.
The black bag was a new detail that Robert Fields described exclusively to The Bald Truth that expanded on earlier public comments.
“Attorney Fields made a statement to media outlets that after Misty Croslin’s arrest, she informed investigators what happened the night Haleigh Cummings went missing, and what happened to Haleigh Cummings,” said Lt. Johnny Greenwood, Putnam County Sheriff’s spokesman in a press release designed to throw water on a media firestorm. He declined all requests for official comments reacting to Croslin’s account, nor would he confirm or deny their accuracy.
“Since the onset of this investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been asked to comment on information obtained during the investigation,” said the release. (But) the PCSD “has always taken the firm stance that any information obtained in this case is not to be released, and any investigative strategies will not be discussed. The Haleigh Cummings investigation is far too important to be jeopardized by releasing this type of sensitive information.”
In an exclusive interview with The Bald Truth, Robert Fields elaborated that Misty was so frightened, she clutched Haleigh’s little brother and hid under the sheets, cringing, peeking out for only seconds to glimpse Joe Overstreet, 21, throw the tiny five year old into a black bag before pulling the covers back. She heard Haleigh scream, he said, then a car door slam.
One investigative expert suggested that if Overstreet, say, had indeed used a black bag to transport the child, that detail might have been used to shore up Misty’s shot crediblity as a witness and provide enough probable cause to make an arrest, but only IF Cousin Joe had volunteered seeing or carrying a black bag that night, even if presumably to steal Cummings’ machine gun.
Overstreet has denied any involvement; detectives have interviewed him at least twice, but no charges have been filed in connection with the missing child.
Fields said Misty has been telling that same story since she first told police when they interviewed her following her arrest on drug trafficking charges. But Greenwood declined to address any specific claims; investigators maintain they believe Croslin is holding key information that could solve a murder and bring Haleigh home.
PCSD “will not be participating in any formal interviews or providing statements regarding this…at this time. The main concern of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is finding Haleigh Cummings and returning her home to her family,” wrote Greenwood.
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PCSD RELEASE:
Date: August 17, 2010
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous requests for an official comment regarding a statement made earlier today by Attorney Robert Fields. For those outlets not aware, Attorney Fields is legal counsel for Misty Croslin.
Attorney Fields made a statement to media outlets that after Misty Croslin’s arrest, she informed investigators what happened the night Haleigh Cummings went missing, and what happened to Haleigh Cummings.
Since the onset of this investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been asked to comment on information obtained during the investigation. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has always taken the firm stance that any information obtained in this case is not to be released, and any investigative strategies will not be discussed. The Haleigh Cummings investigation is far too important to be jeopardized by releasing this type of sensitive information.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will not be participating in any formal interviews or providing statements regarding this morning’s events at this time. The main concern of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is finding Haleigh Cummings and returning her home to her family.
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PostSubject: Haleigh's Grandma: Misty Is Lying   Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:15 pm

Haleigh's Grandma: Misty Is Lying


Shadow Of Doubt Has Been Cast Over Misty Cummings Since Girl Disappeared

POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
UPDATED: 1:40 pm EDT August 18, 2010





ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Less than 24 hours after learning Misty Cummings claimed to know what happened to missing Satsuma girl Haleigh Cummings, the girl's family has spoken out.


Haleigh's grandmother, Teresa Neves, told Channel 4 Wednesday morning that she does not know what to believe.


On Tuesday, Misty's attorney, Robert Fields, said Haleigh's former stepmother has told investigators that her cousin, Joe Overstreet, put Haleigh in a black bag and took her away. Fields said Overstreet took Haleigh while Misty was lying in bed and covered herself up with a blanket. He said Misty heard Haleigh scream.
Uncut Video: Haleigh's Grandma Doesn't Believe Misty
Timeline: Haleigh Cummings Investigation


"How could a 5-year-old scream like that and neighbors not hear? It just doesn't add up," Neves said.

Neves said she thinks Misty is lying.

"I still believe she's alive," Neves said of Haleigh. "I don't believe anything Misty says until somebody can prove it. The thing doesn't even make sense. How can you be under the covers and also see her in the bag? None of it makes sense.


"She's told so many stories, and to just pick and choose which one you want to believe, I don't believe it's right," Neves said. "Whatever it is, it needs to be proven."


Neves said if this version of Misty's story is true, "they should hang her in a public square, like an old-fashioned hanging kind of thing."


There's always been a shadow of doubt over Misty Cummings' account of what happened to Haleigh the night she vanished in February 2009.


"I didn't do anything," Misty said while crying the day after Haleigh disappeared. "If I knew what happened, I would tell you and we wouldn't be sitting here today."


From the start, Misty claimed she knew nothing, a story that changed over time.


When asked on NBC's "Today" show why her story keeps changing, Misty, after a long silence, replied, "I don't know."


It wasn't until she ended up in the Putnam County Jail on drug charges that she started talking to family members, who would later be incarcerated, too.


"Do you think she'll ever be found?" Misty's father, Hank Croslin Sr., asked her in a jailhouse call.


"I don't know for sure. God hasn't given me a sign, but I think," Misty said.


"I think she's come to realize she's in trouble," Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy said of Misty in April after investigators searched the St. Johns River for Haleigh. "People are starting to cooperate. It's just a matter of time. People are starting to talk."


Haleigh's family said they only want the truth.
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PostSubject: Haleigh Cummings: Linguistic Indicators   Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:27 pm

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Haleigh Cummings: Linguistic Indicators






Recently, Misty Croslin's attorney, Robert Fields, said that Misty hid beneath the blankets,(with Junior) while Haleigh was put in a trash bag.

There are several linguistic indicators within Misty's accounts that should be noted, in spite of repeated failed polygraphs.

1. Blanket

The inclusion of a blanket, towel, or a description of a covering is most often linked with sexual abuse. (LSI research)

For example, when someone takes a shower, it is presupposed by the reader, that the subject used a towel to dry off. Yet, if it was important enough for the subject to include this in the statement and we must ask "why?". In one case, a subject had denied sexual abuse, but then acknowledged that he had PTSD from being in the Middle East and, psychologically, suffered and in his thoughts, he uses "towel" as a way to "cover" or "protect" himself; which is why it is important enough to enter a statement. This is the exception. The constant is regarding issues of sexual abuse and the need to "cover" which may be "conceal" and not just "protect" (it depends upon who is making the statement and it is an indicator in which the Interviewer then explores the topic with the subject in order to gain information).

This inclusion of "blanket" and "hiding", though not credible in the account by Misty overall, (I don't think Misty hid beneath the blankets) likely crept into Misty's language due to sexual abuse.

Was Haleigh Cummings sexually abused?

If this question is viewed in terms of odds presented by the facts surrounding the case, it is likely that she was. Reports have been heard regarding incest between Misty and her brother, Tommy, who placed himself at the crime scene that night, as well as the report that cousin Joe Overstreet had molested Misty also. The investigation should have covered the possibility that not only was Haleigh sexually abused, but was she "traded" for drugs and/or money by any caretaker, including Misty.

The inclusion of the "blanket" suggests sexual abuse.

2. Water. Another indicator of sexual abuse/sexual assault is when a subject includes references to water in their statement, including showering, bathing, washing hands, laundry, running water, etc.

For example, a man was being investigated for the disappearance of a young hitch-hiker in the midwest. When asked to write a statement of what he did that day he included that along a certain point of the highway, he stopped to use the rest stop "went the bathroom, washed my hands, and got back on the road...". He was eventually arrested for her murder and the sexual assault had taken place just prior to the washing of the hands. This indicator led investigators' interview. The washing of the hands was significant to him, though it is something most people do after using a restroom, and would not likely feel the need to include it in a statement.

Misty Croslin reported that she had to wash a blanket. We heard conflicting reports on whether or not laundry was done, or if there was any laundry detergent in the home. (We also heard from a relative that the children's belongings were washed by a relative; though not Ronald and Misty's things).

Taken by itself, it may be viewed as just an activity of the day in question; however, given the sensitive nature of the day, as well as other lingusitic indicators, it may be rightfully flagged as sensitive with regards to sexual abuse.

In an investigation, any reference to water, washing, bathing, cleansing, etc, is immediately flagged for follow up questions.

3. black bag

Within lies is found wording that is truthful. Even fabrications rely upon language that is familiar to the subject. It may be that Haleigh's body was carried out in a black trash bag.

Note also that the toddler, Junior, saw a "black" man, which could have been the black bag with his sister's body.

4. Brick

In the analysis of the 911 call, Misty is deceptive. See complete analysis at http://seamusoriley.blogspot.com/2010/04/complete-911-call-analysis-misty.html

Notice that "brick" is repeated througout the call and later, Flora Hollars reported that she was told that Haleigh was weighted down with a brick. The repetition found within the call about "brick", including the wording "bricked" is concerning and may indicate that the body was weighted down with a brick or bricks. Any repetition speaks of sensitivity.

911: “Ok…what was she last seen wearing? Maam…”

Misty Croslin: “She was in her pajamas- she was sleeping…”
Misty mentions now, for the 2nd time, that Haleigh was sleeping. The question was answered, but additional information is given. When information appears unimportant, in Statement Analysis, we consider it doubly important. It is vital that the 911 operator understand, from Misty's viewpoint, that Haleigh was sleeping.

I believe from Misty's emphasis that Haleigh was, at this time, not sleeping but may have been unconcious or dead.


911: “OK…alright…You said your back door was wide open?”

Misty Croslin: “yes- it was bricked- there was a brick on the floor…when I was asleep it was not like that.”

Here, in Misty's language, enters a brick. "it was bricked"; not "it was open" nor even "it was held open by a brick". For Misty, being "bricked" means the brick had control over the door and that someone had to attach it in order for it to be considered "bricked" by Misty. "Bricked" is an important, sensitive theme to Misty, and it should be to investigators. Haleigh was likely "bricked" in some sense, to weigh down her tiny body.


5. Hair

When the 911 operator asked Misty to describe Haleigh, including height, Misty answered with a question. Answering a question with a question means the subject has been asked a sensitive question and is stalling to think. It is often flagged as deceptive.

Misty Croslin: “How tall she she? Like long hair like curly…with curls.
This was Misty Croslin's answer. She first asks the question, "How tall she she?" (note the repetition; stress) but then she offers a description of her hair, ignoring the question of height.

"like long hair like curly with curls"

This may be an indication of what Misty Croslin saw as Haleigh was carried from the trailer:

long hair; curly, that hung out from the black trash bag that was wrapped around her weighted body.

As Misty is speaking to the 911 operator, she was likely picturing this scene in her head, which is why it crept into her language, even though she was diligently attempting to persuade the 911 operator that she was asleep, rather than report a missing child.

By all indications in this case, Haleigh Cummings is deceased and Misty Croslin is responsible for her death.

It is likely that Haleigh Cummings was sexually abused and that Misty did not act alone; but likely had assistance from Tommy Croslin, who accepted a 15 year prison sentence rather than tell truthfully what happened that night.

Although a liar, Misty Croslin's words may be an indication of what Haleigh Cummings suffered through, and ultimately, what happened to her.


Posted by Seamus O Riley at 6:42 AM
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