One of my readers recently asked me about Haleigh Cummings, the five year-old who disappeared in 2009.
As of this posting, sweet little Haleigh has not been found.
At the time the child went missing, Misty Croslin was the girlfriend of Haleigh’s father. She has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking. She, her brother, Haleigh’s father, and two other people were caught last year for the illegal sale of oxycodone and hydrocodone.
“I am not a drug dealer,” Croslin said during Monday’s hearing.
Croslin was living with Ronald Cummings the night little Haleigh went missing. She is reportedly the last person to see the child alive. Croslin said she put Haleigh and Haleigh’s brother to bed at about 8 p.m. that February night, and went to sleep about two hours later. Croslin says she woke up around 3 a.m. and found that Haleigh was gone and a cinder block had been propped at the back door to hold it open. Supposedly, an unknown intruder came and took Haleigh but conflicting stories and statements made by Misty and her family members, have pointed to the possibility that Misty knows much more than what she is telling, that her male cousins could have been involved in the child’s disappearance, and that Haleigh is deceased. CNN reports that, in a television interview, Croslin stated she does not know where Haleigh is, but that “the other side of the family” does.
Ronald Cummings was the one who reported Haleigh missing after he came home from work at dawn to find his daughter gone.
Even though physical evidence contradicts Misty Croslin’s statements about what happened that night, investigators have not officially called Misty a suspect. Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings, is serving 15 years for the illegal sale of prescription drugs.
Ronald was the only defendant in the drug trafficking arrest to get a plea deal. Part of his deal with prosecutors is to testify for the State in any future proceedings regarding his missing child.
It’s possible that Misty received 25 years and Ronald only got 15 years because authorities think Misty had more to do with the disappearance of Haleigh than her father did. No one knows for sure if Ronald knew anything about his daughter’s disappearance, or if Misty was there when the child was taken, or if she was present during a possible child homicide.
This case might remain unsolved for many years.
Wherever you are Haleigh, may you be with Angels guarding over you.