According to police (as well as this map) there are over 30 44 sexual offenders living in the area, one right in the neighborhood. Police say that they have either questioned or will be questioning all of them. Police are also questioning the father and his girlfriend although they won’t say if they are suspects or not.
Updates at the bottom of the post. I am getting a really bad feeling about this now that it’s been over 24 hours. There is an AP video of a short interview with Crystal Sheffield, the mother, at the bottom of the post.
The state of Florida has issued an Amber Alert for a missing five-year-old girl who disappeared from her bedroom at some point last night. Police say that Haleigh was staying with her father Ronald Cummings(who was at work at the time of her disappearance) and his 17-year-old girlfriend Misty Croslin (her MySpace lists her as 19). There was no sign of forced entry into the house but they are not sure if all the doors and windows were locked at the time. Police haven’t announced any suspects as of yet.
Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings was last seen around 10pm last night in her bedroom in Satsuma. When she was put to bed she was wearing a pink shirt and underwear. According to a couple of other reports I have read she was wearing pink shorts and a tan shirt, so those differ slightly from the earlier report I had been given.
She is three feet tall, weighs 39 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Anybody that might have information on her disappearance or whereabouts is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0808
One of the channels is reporting that Haleigh was sleeping in the same bed as a 2-year-old sibling as well as a Misty. Seems as if someone would have woken up to me.
Just from watching a video of an interview with the father my gut feeling is that he couldn’t have done it. I could be wrong but my money is elsewhere. At first this case reminded me of Jessica Lunsford but now I’m thinking a bit closer to home. According to a report on FOX News Cummings told police that his “dumb bitch girlfriend” told him Haleigh was gone when he got home from work.
I’ll be at work all day so if there are any updates to the case please leave them in the comments. I can approve them from my Blackberry and then will update the post when I get home.
Below is the content from the 911 call:
CALLER: I just woke up and my back door was all open and I can’t find my daughter.
DISPATCH: Can’t find what?
CALLER: My daughter.
DISPATCH:Ok. When did you last see her?
CALLER: Um, we just like, you know, it was about 10 o’clock. She was sleeping (inaudible).
DISPATCH: Ok. How old is your daughter?
CALLER: She’s 5.
DISPATCH: OK. What was she last seen wearing, Ma’am?
CALLER: She was in her pajamas. We were sleeping.
DISPATCH: OK. Alright, you said your back door was wide open?
CALLER: Yes, with a brick. Like, there was a brick on the floor. Like, when I went to sleep the door was not like that.
DISPATCH: Was your back door locked do you know?
CALLER: Yes. The back door always stays locked.
FATHER: I just got home from work, my 5-year-old daughter is gone. I need someone to be here now. I’m telling you. If I find whoever has my daughter before you all do, I’m killing him. I don’t care. I’ll spend the rest of my life in prison.
DISPATCH: It’s OK sir, we got them on the way. Can you give me a description of the pajamas she was wearing?
FATHER: I don’t (expletive) know I was at work.
As of Wednesday afternoon police still don’t have any leads that they are discussing anyway. The family of Haleigh is pleading for her safe return, as are a lot of other people. Judging from interviews with family members they seem to agree with me in that something is hinky and that the girlfriend Misty (MySpace) isn’t telling police everything that she knows. Nobody has come right out and accused her of anything (at least where the media can hear) but I’m sure the suspicions are there. I can’t be the only cynic around. According to a comment attributed to Haleigh’s grandfather “If (you’re) in your bed with your child, and you get up to go use the bathroom, is there enough time for somebody to come in your house and snatch your child out of bed and disappear without you getting back to the bed in time? No“
The AP posted this video of an interview with Haleigh’s mother Crystal Sheffield, who lives in Georgia.
Although they aren’t requiring it the police are offering for any involved parties to take lie detector tests according to the CNN report linked below.
I’ve also just read that Leonard Padilla is heading up to the area. Before anybody starts groaning I think it’s a good thing because they are offering a $25,000 reward and they will also help to keep the media’s attention focused on the case. I’ve also heard that Tim Miller and Texas EquuSearch are headed there as well.