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    2009.03.20 Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***

    2009.03.20 Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***

    Community contributes to Haleigh's family funds
    Donations sustain the search, and creation of an information center.
    Story updated at 6:29 AM on Friday, Mar. 20, 2009
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    For more than a month Sheffield and Cummings have turned to separate support networks. Neither parent is working while the search for their daughter continues.

    Kim Picazio, a South Florida lawyer who helped secure and spruce up the building for Sheffield, is directing the creation of a trust that will accept donations to help support the 23-year-old mother, whose home is in Baker County.
    Money donated to the trust would be used for expenditures such as rent, food and gas as long as Sheffield stays, Picazio said.

    For weeks, Putnam County businessman Jamie Watts has overseen a similar account set up for Haleigh's father and Ronald Cummings Jr., her 4-year-old brother.
    Watts said less than $5,000 has been given to the Haleigh Cummings Relief Fund at Bank of America. The bank will not provide information on the account, citing privacy reasons.

    Less than $1,000 has been spent on the insurance and other bills, Watts said. Set up by the bank under rules outlined by Florida law, money from the account cannot be used in support of Haleigh's mother because she was not living in the house at the time of the disappearance.
    Watts said any withdrawals from the account must be approved by him and be used for a specific bill and certain expenses. In the past week and a half, donations have trickled off, he said.

    Since the beginning only a handful of small checks came from out of state, with most of the money coming from within Putnam County.
    A local church placed donation jars in the area and donated to the account.
    "The lady didn't know what to do with it," Watts said. He said he told the church he could only accept money for Cummings. He did not know if some of the cash went to Sheffield.
    "No one wants to take sides," he said. "This is a little community we live in. It is very tiny. When something like this happens, it sends shock waves out to the community."

    In Baker County the sentiment has been similar.
    Co-workers of Sheffield's mother, Marie Griffis, raised $670 to help the family. Although the money was stolen from the school bus depot where Griffis works, it was recovered.

    Throughout the past month, money and other contributions have come in at camps where the families were set up, said family members. It might be $20 for gas or a food donation.

    Cummings' grandmother, Annette Sykes, said the family kept a journal of donations.
    "We wrote the names and addresses down," she said.
    After money in the Cummings account is no longer needed, the remainder will be sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Watts said.

    Picazio said any that is left in any account set up for Sheffield would be distributed in a similar way.


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    Family on the Defense
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    Misty Cummings' sister-in-law is coming forward to clear up the rumors about her family. Lindsy Croslin says Ronald Cummings never abused Haleigh or her 4-year-old brother. She also says Cummings and his new wife, Misty, do not do drugs.

    But most of all, Croslin feels Misty has taken the brunt of public criticism. Misty was watching Haleigh the night she disappeared. And because of what police call inconsistencies in her story, Misty has been called the key to this case. Croslin doesn't buy it. She says, "She's 17, come on. I don't think she could fool police, you know."

    Both of Haleigh's biological parents now have attorneys representing them. However, Misty does not. Her sister-in-law says Misty doesn't need an attorney, because she has nothing to hide.


    Search for Haleigh - "Inside the investigation": VIDEO 2:11
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    Police learning lessons from Cummings investigation
    Florida Fish & Wildlife wants policy changes
    Last Edited: Friday, 20 Mar 2009, 5:06 PM EDT
    Created On: Friday, 20 Mar 2009, 5:06 PM EDT
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    As the law stands right now, homeowners are required to post their street address on the front of their homes for emergency service use. That law does not extend to the back of the house or docks where law enforcement on boats could benefit from seeing exactly where they are.

    “Precious seconds could be lost, because they’d have to dock the boat, run to the front---now they’d have an address, but they still wouldn’t have a street name, so it is frustrating to us,” said Lt. George Pottorf of Florida Fish & Wildlife.

    Pottorf was on the water the day Haleigh disappeared and says one of his biggest problems was pinpointing his exact location on the water.

    “We were receiving a lot of citizen tips where we had to respond to different locations.
    Everything from the first day where there were actual sightings up to a point where people were seeing barrels, and plastic bags floating and every other type of item…and we had to respond to every one of those items,” said Pottorf.

    Right now, Pottorf is going dock to dock passing out fliers to anyone who will read them asking all dock owners to please post their addresses on those docks. He says even though it is not a law right now, he’d like counties to look into changing local ordinances to make it a requirement.


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    Law Enforcement Learning Lessons From Cummings Investigation
    Search for Haleigh-"Dock Identification":VIDEO 2:06
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    Mother's Attorney Releases Photo Of Haleigh With Cuts, Bruises
    Haleigh Cummings Disappeared 39 Days Ago
    POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2009
    UPDATED: 6:21 pm EDT March 20, 2009
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    Haleigh disappeared 39 days ago; however, the focus of the kindergartner's case has drifted away from the search for the child and toward the ongoing war of words between her parents.

    Sheffield's attorney, Kim Picazio, said the recently released picture of Haleigh shows cuts and bruises on her face that could not have come from a simple fall.

    On CNN's "Nancy Grace" Thursday night, Picazio accused Cummings of abusing Haleigh and her younger brother, Junior.
    Picazio referred to the picture of Haleigh with cuts and bruises on her face. The injuries might have been from a fall at school, but Cummings might have caused the injuries, Picazio said.

    "The nurse called the parents. They picked her up. Then, on the 12th -- six days later -- the injuries had worsened to the point where she had to go to the ER. She had black eyes, a laceration to the face and a scrape on the cheek. None of that was reported to the nurse," Picazio said.

    An expert on "Nancy Grace" responded to the allegations, saying, "He's getting slimmed. It's just so unfair because it's so difficult to defend himself."
    Cummings has not commented on the allegations. However, his mother and grandmother have vigorously defended him, saying he loves his children.
    "The attorney and mother (Crystal Sheffield) have appeared on national television to make unsubstantiated claims that Ronald Cummings sees as a 'cheap shot' and publicity stunt that detracts from the search for Haleigh," Cummings' attorney stated. "The mother was previously denied custody in court and allegations of abuse against Ronald were judicially dismissed."

    On Friday, Cummings said he just wants his daughter found safe.


    IMAGE: The attorney for Haleigh's mother says the cuts and bruises on Haleigh in this picture couldn't have been caused by a simple fall.
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