Ronald Cummings Faces Intense Questioning From Nancy Grace

September 1st, 2009 by

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — It has been 5 weeks since 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings was reported missing.
Her family has set up new search headquarters in Satsuma where they said they will spend 24 hours a day taking in tips and offering reports.
Her father, Ronald Cummings, and his mother appeared on Nancy Grace on Monday.
Cummings responded to loads of questions about the inconsistencies in his new bride, Misty Croslin’s, story.
“Did she tell police at anytime that she was in the bed with little Haleigh?” Grace asked.
“I wasn’t there when she was questioned by police, Miss Nancy,” Cummings responded.
Ronald Cummings said when he pulled up to his home, the front door was wide open and Misty was just standing there.
“I asked her what she was doing up. She told me that the back door was wide open and Haleigh was gone. I turned the house upside down and told her to call 911,” Cummings said.
Putnam County Authorities said no one has been ruled out as a suspect. No one is being called a suspect.
Detectives have said all along that Misty’s inconsistencies on the timeline of events that night Haleigh disappeared have always been a problem.
“Is your new wife Misty Croslin Cummings willing to speak with the police again?” Grace asked.
“Yeah, anytime we’re all willing to speak to police. All we want is Haleigh back,” said Cummings.
Meanwhile, Haleigh’s biological mother, Crystal Sheffield, is now considering a custody battle.
“The truth is I was a better parent. I still am a better provider,” Cummings stated.
Sheffield wants custody of Junior, Haleigh’s younger brother.
Sheffield’s attorney alleged Haleigh and her brother have been victims at their father’s hands for over 4 years.
“This is credible evidence of physical abuse of the children in the household, in Ronald Cummings’ household,” Attorney Kim Picazio said.
“I think that is absolutely and utterly ridiculous. All it does is take the focus off my daughter being gonr and put the focus on let’s see who can get custody,” Cummings responded.
At the end of Grace’s show, Cummings pleaded for the safe return of his daughter, Haleigh.
Detectives have interviewed his new wife, Misty, for about 30 hours total. They say inconsistencies in her story are still a problem.

One Response

  1. Mary McGruder

    Has anyone asked about what happened before Ronald Cummings left for work on the day Haleigh disappeared?

    I seem to remember that Misty said that Ron had given her permission to spank Haleigh if she misbehaved. Does this mean that Ron spanked her also. This child had so many physical problems that it would seem they could find other means of discipline. Anyway my question is about Ron’s behavior before he left for work that day. Is it possible that Ron may have spanked Haileigh that day before he left for work and spanked her or hit her too hard so that she may have passed out and died? Is it possible Misty may be protecting Ronald? Did Ronald marry her thinking she wouldn’t be able to testify against him?

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