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Angel Who Cares
03-05-2009, 04:58 AM
2009.03.05 Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***
Father: 'Please Have A Heart, Let My Daughter Come Home'
UPDATED: 12:28 am EST March 5, 2009
Haleigh's father spoke out publicly Wednesday night for the first time in nearly a week. While the disappearance of the little girl has been unbelievably difficult for her entire family, it has been especially hard on her father, who said each passing day gets worse.
Cummings said dealing with the disappearance of Haleigh is too much to bear.
"I've been spending all of my time with my son and the people who care most about me," Cummings said.
He said he finds comfort in being with loved ones, especially those from his church.
On Wednesday, he said he was working on finding a new place to call home because the home where he lived with Haleigh is filled with too many happy memories.
Angel Who Cares
03-05-2009, 05:04 AM
Haleigh's Family Holds Sunset Vigil
Created: 3/4/2009 10:47:09 PM
Updated: 3/5/2009 12:30:27 AM
SATSUMA, FL -- Haleigh Cumming's grandmother says she has a doctor's appointment later this month.
Teresa Neves says it's one her two routine checkups for Turner syndrome.
"She has on her feet, some of her toes are very wide like they're two toes in one. She has a birthmark on the left side of her face and then she has another tiny one," Neves told First Coast News' Erich Spivey.
At the family's first daytime vigil, Haleigh's great-grandmother read a poem sent to Haleigh after she vanished. It's called Tears.
"Tears show that you're alive, with love and compassion that flows from your eyes," Annette Sykes read.
11PM Report "Haleigh's Family Holds Sunset Vigil": Video 1:25
03-05-2009, 07:26 AM
A Father's Pain
03-05-2009, 07:32 AM
The previous DNA samples were not good according to LE.
Ron has a *little money to buy a house*.
Angel Who Cares
03-05-2009, 09:38 AM
Haleigh 'not a cold case,' says Putnam official
Published: Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 12:59 a.m.
The agency has no information indicating that Haleigh can't be found and investigators haven't given up that they will find her safe.
Five detectives, as well as officials with the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, are involved in the investigation that now has generated about 2,300 tips, according to the law enforcement agency.
Inside a tent outside the Satsuma neighborhood that is Haleigh's home, the child's mother and maternal grandmother said they too haven't given up hope, even as the case entered its fourth week.
Looking over a collection of stuffed animals from well-wishers, Haleigh's mother, Crystal Sheffield, who is from Baker County, said she has no plans to leave the area until her daughter is found.
"I'm not leaving till she's home," she said.
Marie Sheffield, Haleigh's maternal grandmother, echoed her daughter's remarks and those of officers who continue to work toward finding the girl alive.
"Until they bring me Haleigh's body and lay it in my arms, I'll believe Haleigh is alive," Marie Sheffield said.
Angel Who Cares
03-05-2009, 06:09 PM
Still no sign of Haleigh
Last Edited: Thursday, 05 Mar 2009, 5:57 PM EST
Created On: Thursday, 05 Mar 2009, 5:31 PM EST
- Three weeks later and thousands of tips and still no sign of Haleigh Cummings. She vanished from her Satsuma, Florida trailer in the middle of the night. On Thursday her family cleaned the trailer out saying they're simply too heart-sick to live there after what happened.
Ronald Cummings Great Grandmother Annete Sykes tells us its not as though Ronald hates the media, she says right now he’s just all nerves wondering where his little girl is.
As soon as Ronald Cummings asked us to turn off our cameras we did. Sykes says Ronald didn’t want anyone to see what was going on inside his home. “Put yourself in his place to have to go in the room where his little girl was stolen from…he couldn’t handle it…he just broke down.”
Sykes tells us the home is just about the same way they left it. “There’s just Haleigh all over the house…cleaning her room was the hardest…because she has her toys and everything. Her pictures are hanging all over the wall…and her clothes are there…her toys are there…they’re even on the front porch, they’re on the yard…everywhere you look they’re there.
The big reason Ronald’s Relatives were inside this home is because they wanted to look through and clean it up and get it ready for the media. They say they want to show you how she lived, and how much she was loved.
Sykes says within the next few days she will be willing to take us on a tour of Haleigh’s home.
Angel Who Cares
03-05-2009, 06:51 PM
Family Members Return To Haleigh's Home
Day 24 Of Search For Missing 5-Year-Old
POSTED: Thursday, March 5, 2009
UPDATED: 6:33 pm EST March 5, 2009
Last week, police took down their crime scene tape and said family was allowed inside the Cummings' home. At the time, many family members couldn't bring themselves to go inside. On Thursday, Haleigh's great-grandmother, Annette Sykes, stepped inside to tidy up the home before TV cameras are allowed to enter.
Signs of Haleigh could be seen outside the home -- her pink and blue bike and other little toys. Inside, Sykes said the rooms once filled with the girl's laughter are now filled with sorrow.
"There's just Haleigh all over the house … there are toys and everything. Her pictures are on the walls and her clothes are there, the toys are there, even on the porch and in the yard. Everywhere you look, they're there," Sykes said. She said she has dreaded the day when she would have to step foot inside the home. She went in to help straighten up the home from the way police left it after their search. "The things that she played with the most are left out there right where they were. Her favorite stuff is there where she had it," Sykes said.
Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, and his girlfriend, Misty Croslin, also entered the home to get some of their belongings. Family members said stepping into the once happy home was more pain than Cummings could bear. "He tried to go back to the room from where his little girl was stolen. He couldn’t do it. He said he couldn’t do it, and we had to get him out of there," Sykes said.
The family has been staying in tents near the home as they've waited for any news about Haleigh; however, on Thursday, they received a letter from the county stating it is against county ordinance to camp out in a residential area. The family is looking for a new place to stay.
VIDEO: Haleigh's Father, Great-Grandmother Enter Family Home
VIDEO: Father Makes Plea For Haleigh
Angel Who Cares
03-05-2009, 08:56 PM
New Details Emerge In Haleigh Cummings Disappearance
Last Update: 3/04 10:10 pm
SATSUMA, Fla. -- In the days leading up to Haleigh Cummings disappearance, family and friends tell us there was no indication anything was different in the small community of Satsuma. The family of the girl who put Haleigh Cummings to sleep and was the last person to see her is speaking out about who they believe may have something to do with Haleigh’s disappearance.
“If my family there’s watching it I don’t care…I think that he needs to be brought here and questioned and interrogated by cops he don’t know,” said Lisa Croslin.
Croslin is talking about her nephew. The 19-year-old was in town a few weeks before Haleigh’s disappearance. She says before Haleigh was taken, her nephew got in a fight with Haleigh’s father, Ronald.
“What happened is he had stolen Ronald’s gun…and one morning on the porch he said Ronald would get what’s coming to him…then it was dropped, and he left," said Lisa Croslin.
Croslin says her nephew left the day Haleigh was abducted. She also tells us a light blue van her nephew might have drove was confiscated and analyzed by police. Croslin’s husband Hank says a mysterious gash appeared on the side of the van the night Haleigh disappeared.
The Croslins say they’re positive their daughter had nothing to do with Haleigh’s disappearance. They also say they’re putting their faith in the police to investigate everyone including their own family.
Search For Haleigh-"Croslin Family Speaks Out": VIDEO 1:40
Search For Haleigh-"Holding On To Hope": VIDEO 3:53
Family falling Ill
Last Update: 9:19 am
SATSUMA, Fla. -- It's now been 23 days since Haleigh Cummings vanished from her Putnam County home. Her disappearance has left her family emotionally distraught, and now, physically ill.
Teresa Neves, Haleigh's grandmother, says many people in their camp are coming down with colds and the flu. And Wednesday, Haleigh's father, Ronald, and his girlfriend, Misty Croslin, reportedly went to the doctor seeking treatment for anxiety.
Neves say the only thing keeping her son sane these days is his little boy, Junior. "Ronald had all day today with Junior. They went and played and done little boy things," says Neves.
Ronald is also becoming extremely protective of Junior. He no longer wants the 4-year-old's face shown on television. He's worried that if Haleigh could be kidnapped, Junior could too. Neves says, "He was put out there for the world to see and as far as we're concerned, his life is endangered."
Search For Haleigh-"Fight For Hope": VIDEO 2:51
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