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Angel Who Cares
02-22-2009, 07:38 AM
2009.02.22 Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***
Police run down tips in Haleigh case
Published: Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11:25 p.m.
SATSUMA - The search for Haleigh Cummings was scaled back Saturday, but investigators continued to run down leads in hopes that one will take them to the 5-year-old who family members say was last seen Feb. 9 in her home.
Barbie Squires, Haleigh's paternal great-grandmother, said the family plans to remain camped at the site as long as the property owner allows it or until Haleigh is found.
Squires said the ordeal is wearing on the family, including Haleigh's 3-year-old brother Ronnie Jr., who was also in the house when family members say Haleigh disappeared.
"He's not doing well at all. He realizes what's going on," Squires said. "Today he went to his granny's house and she gave him a soda. He was pouring it in a glass. She asked him why and he said he was pouring half of it for his sister."
02-22-2009, 08:30 AM
"Missing Florida Girl's Dad: I 'Never' Hit My Child"
"In a contentious, exclusive interview outside his Florida home, Ronald Cummings, the father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, blasted new abuse allegations and told FOX News "never, ever have I ever hit my child."
02-22-2009, 08:36 AM
Tennessee cousin not a suspect in the case
A relative of her father's girlfriend left town the day the girl disappeared.
"A man who visited Haleigh Cummings' family in Satsuma and returned to Tennessee the day she disappeared is not a suspect or person of interest, police said Saturday as the frustrating search for the missing 5-year-old continued. Capt. Dick Schauland of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office told reporters during an afternoon briefing that the man, a cousin of Haleigh's father's girlfriend, was interviewed after detectives learned of him early in the investigation and was subsequently ruled out.
The man left Florida after trying to steal a gun from the Cummings' home, according to Haleigh's grandmother. Schauland wouldn't identify him.
"He is family, and we don't want to embarrass family members in any way," Schauland said."
Angel Who Cares
02-22-2009, 09:12 AM
Missing Florida Girl's Dad: I 'Never' Hit My Child
Sunday, February 22, 2009
In a contentious, exclusive interview outside his Florida home, Ronald Cummings, the father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, blasted new abuse allegations and told FOX News "never, ever have I ever hit my child."
Cummings also condemned new allegations that he hit Haleigh's mom Crystal while she was pregnant, saying friends and family members making the accusations are 'absolutely lying' and threatening criminal charges against them.
Responding to sources that told Rivera Cummings had told them he was 75 percent sure who kidnapped Haleigh, the missing girl's father said, "There is no way — I do not know who took Haleigh. If I had — if I had, uh, five percent of where Haleigh was at, I would be there now and not here."
Sheffield told FOX News on Saturday that Ronald Cummings had been abusive to her when she first got pregnant.
"He punched me in the back of the head and before then, he was verbal," she said. "I mean he was just very abusive."
Sheffield also said she was told by her cousin of an incident where Cummings apparently hit Haleigh after the child bumped into him or smarted off to him.
"She said he just backhanded her. And she fell flat on her face on the porch," Sheffield said.
The family has been at the center of investigations done by the state child welfare agency, but details of those cases haven't been disclosed because of confidentiality laws.
Neves said her son would never hurt Haleigh and pleaded Friday for her granddaughter's kidnapper to bring her home.
"I want to say to my baby, we love you sweetheart, and we will find you," she said through tears.
Angel Who Cares
02-22-2009, 09:27 AM
Haleigh Cummings Disappearance Investigated by Geraldo Rivera
Missing Florida Girl's Mother Says Haleigh's Father Abusive
Let me say first that if appearances are to be believed, Ronald Cummings, Crystal Sheffield and Misty Croslin are or have been drug and/or alcohol abusers. Ronald Cummings is heard on the 911 tape calling Misty a "*****." Misty is never seen without a cigarette and her defensive arrogance is just shocking considering this situation. Sheffield has pulled herself together over the past week, but her initial appearances suggested that she may have been a recovering drug user.
Ronald Cummings has custody of his two children by Crystal Sheffield. Why? Evidently because Sheffield had used cocaine the year before, and because the missing Florida girl had allegedly missed a dozen doctor appointments while in Sheffield's custody. Haleigh is reported to have Turner's Syndrome.
Crystal Sheffield and Griffis told Geraldo that Ronald Cummings is violent and uses drugs. Sheffield claims that Cummings punched her in the head when she was pregnant, and called her foul names. She admitted that they used cocaine and methamphetamines, but said she quit when she learned she was pregnant. Cummings' own mother and grandmother said they didn't know why Sheffield stayed with him, according to Sheffield. She said she went back to Cummings a couple of times so she could be with the children, but couldn't take the abuse and left.
Sheffield's cousin claims that she saw Cummings backhand Haleigh during a visit one time, causing Haleigh to fall flat on the floor. Sheffield says that she knows Cummings loves Haleigh, but that if he lost his temper, he was capable of hurting her.
Crystal Sheffield said that Chad Griffis, her fiance, claims that within hours of Haleigh's disappearance, Ronald Cummings told him and another man named Marcus that he's "75% sure he knows where Haleigh is." And finally, Sheffield says she "knows Ronnie," and when he is shown crying on TV, that he's faking it.
Ronald Cummings is rumored to have connections to the drug world, and it was suggested he may have been a drug informant. His legal background includes an ongoing custody dispute, drug use and brushes with the law, according to court records. Geraldo Rivera approached him with questions about Crystal Sheffield's allegations.
Ronald Cummings denies every allegation made by Crystal Sheffield, her friends and family. He claims he never hit Crystal when she was pregnant, never hit Haleigh other than spanking on the bottom, which he says is okayed by child services, and that Chad is lying about his statement that he was "75% sure" he knew where Haleigh was. He denies drug use or association with drug dealers or being a drug informant.
Is the media here to help find Haleigh? Or are they just after another Story? You decide as we go behind the scenes in Satsuma, Florida where a live taping of Geraldo at Large is going on.
02-22-2009, 12:05 PM
Fox anchor banned from camp of missing girl's father
Geraldo Rivera was issued a trespass warning on Saturday
Angel Who Cares
02-22-2009, 03:43 PM
UPDATED: Police Follow Tips In Day 12 Of Haleigh Investigation
Putnam Co. Sheriff Says Girlfriend's Cousin Not Suspect
POSTED: 8:23 pm EST February 21, 2009
UPDATED: 1:40 pm EST February 22, 2009
Saturday afternoon there was no ground search conducted. There will not be a press conference held on Sunday.
A former FBI profiler said the search for Haleigh is a two-track investigation.
Appearing on the "Today" show Saturday morning, Clint Van Zandt said track one is taking investigators outside of the house and looking into whether a stranger took Haleigh. But Van Zandt said track two is keeping authorities inside the house.
"One family member said a fight had taken place between Ron, the biological father, and Joe, the cousin, where Ron says, 'No, that didn't take place,'" Van Zandt said. "Evidently a gun disappeared from the house and it was found in a ditch later."
Van Zandt said, typically, investigators try to rule out immediate family as suspects first before branching outside of the home. But he said, in this case, it appears that authorities are looking at both at the same time.
Police Follow Tips In Day 12 Of Haleigh Investigation: Video
02-22-2009, 09:44 PM
Family Says Fake Web Site Created About Girl To Make Money
UPDATED: 7:28 pm EST February 22, 2009
SATSUMA, Fla. --Web site hoax is putting a wrench in the search for Haleigh.
Her family said someone created a fake Web site in an effort to collect money.
Family members said the Web site is not affiliated with them or the police.
The Web site also has Haleigh's name misspelled.
"We are sickened by anybody that would take something that is heart-sickening for our family and try to profit off of it and then stamp the family's name on it," said Haleigh's step-great grandmother, Barbie Squires. http://www.wesh.com/news/18768154/detail.html
Angel Who Cares
02-22-2009, 10:26 PM
Transcripts of the Geraldo interview that turned confrontational
Story updated at 7:22 PM on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009
The partial transcript of Geraldo Rivera's interview with the mother and father of missing five-year-old Haleigh Cummings is below. It was provided by Fox News Channel to the Times-Union.
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