A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
In a new prison interview with First Coast News, Misty Croslin denied any involvement in Haleigh Cummings’ disappearance and, despite being called “key” to the investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, she insisted that she has never changed her story about what happened the night the 5-year-old went missing.
“I’ve always said the same thing,” Croslin, 19, said in the 20-minute interview posted on the station’s website last week. “I never said anything different…People don’t understand that it kills me every day to know that I was asleep, I woke up and she was gone.”
She criticized investigators for focusing so much on her and not following up on possible new leads and sightings. She also claimed that if she knew anything, she would have told them by now, especially with the 25-year prison sentence she’s currently serving for drug trafficking.
Misty Croslin, the last person to see missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings alive almost two years ago, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison on drug charges.
Croslin, 19, appeared in Putnam County, Florida court for sentencing on seven charges involving the trafficking of prescription narcotics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. She received a 25-year sentence on a similar charge in St. Johns County last year.
“I am not a drug dealer,” Croslin said at today’s hearing as she asked the judge for another chance, according to WJXT. Her father also urged the court for leniency, saying, “She just got caught acting stupid.”
The judge sentenced her to 25 years on each of two counts and shorter terms on the others, but they will all run concurrent. The Putnam County sentence will also be served concurrent with the previous St. Johns County one and she will have to serve five years probation upon her release. In addition, the sentence includes over $1 million in fines and mandatory drug rehabilitation.
Croslin’s arrest in January 2010 was the result of an undercover investigation that also led to charges against Haleigh’s father Ronald Cummings, Croslin’s brother Hank Croslin Jr., her cousin Hope Sykes and friend Donna Brock. The others have been sentenced to 15 years in prison in their cases.
Last August, Croslin’s attorney acknowledged that she was pleading no contest to the drug charges because of a “landslide” of evidence against her. Authorities have released videos recorded by officers that they claimed showed her and others conducting drug deals.
In the early morning of February 10, 2009, Croslin—who was Ronald Cummings’ girlfriend at the time but later married and divorced him—called 911 to report Haleigh missing. She claimed she had woken up in the middle of the night and Haleigh had vanished. The 5-year-old has not been seen since, but Putnam County investigators are treating the disappearance as a homicide.
Authorities have said the drug arrests had no connection to the Haleigh Cummings investigation, and they have denied allegations by Croslin’s attorney that the charges were an attempt to put pressure on the defendants to provide information about that case. “It was totally unrelated,” Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Johnny Greenwood told The St Augustine Record in August. “It’s really ironic how it happened.”
Ronald Cummings, the father of missing FL girl Haleigh Cummings, will serve 15 years in prison and was fined $250,000 for selling prescription drugs. His lawyer has been negotiating a plea deal with the state since his client’s arrest back in January.
The 26 year old Cummings agreed to testify in any criminal case in the future in connection to the disappearance of his daughter. What he actually has to offer about the night his daughter went missing remains to be seen. The impression has always been that it’s Misty Croslin who is allegedly withholding information about Haleigh’s disappearance, not Ronald. Regardless, in exchange for his testimony, the state dropped two of the five charges against Cummings and sentenced him to two 15 year sentences and another 7 year sentence, to be served concurrently. Under FL law, Cummings is expected to serve 85 percent of his sentence. Either way, Cummings is going to be in jail for the rest of his twenties and majority of his thirties. Ronald’s lawyer –Terry Shoemaker–said the judge put a lien against Cummings…a hefty fine that he will never be able to pay in this lifetime.
Haleigh: Babysitter Misty Croslin is still pointing fingers
The last person to see 6-year-old Haleigh Cummings alive is still pointing the finger from behind bars. In newly release jailhouse conversations with her family, Croslin says that she is “not the key” and that the cops need to “move on.”
And shockingly, she adds that the investigators need to take a closer look at Haleigh’s dad, Ronald Cummings.
Misty Croslin (speaking to her father): When I called him that night, how come he didn't answer the phone? I called and called and he didn't answer the phone. And then as soon as I open the door he's there. And he talks like, he says he was a drug dealer and all this stuff back in the day. He talks about all this sh*t. Then why did that black guy say that some people had her and he was going to go back and get her. But if he told, if Ronald told, then he would come to kill him. There's all this sh*t that they don't even look at. They just wanna look at me.
We continue to see inconsistencies in what Croslin has to say about that night. In recent weeks we learned that both Misty and her brother Tommy were implicating their cousin–Joe Overstreet –in Haleigh’s disappearance. But check out what she said to her dad:
Hank Croslin: I know you didn't do nothing. I just don't know if you know something.
Misty Croslin: I don't know. I'm telling you. If I knew I would. It's just I don't know. You wanna like in my mind it's just like, you know, people keep saying this person, this person, so you know in your mind you're like well hey that's that person so you actually start to believe it, like the Joe thing. You just, I want to believe that because that's what I keep hearing and it just like makes like sense this is what happened you know, but I don't know for 100 percent that that was him. I don't know.
The father of Haleigh Cummings is seeking a plea deal with a 15-year sentence on prescription drug-trafficking charges. In order to get this deal, he is willing to testify against his ex-wife Misty, and her brother Tommy Croslin.
All three, plus two others, are behind bars facing hefty sentences. Ronald’s attorney, Terry Shoemaker, said his client hopes to have the deal before his trial begins on July 19. Cummings faces five counts of drug trafficking.
Shoemaker said he has been working on the plea deal for more than a month following the release of undercover videos that show the transactions. “Everyone in the world has seen the videos,” he reportedly said. “It’s a great case for the state.” If the deal is accepted, Ronald Cummings will face 15-year minimum and a 30-year maximum per charge, Shoemaker said. The two most serious charges would be dropped and then Cummings would be sentenced on the three remaining lesser charges. Shoemaker would like to do more for his client but he can “only work with the hand dealt.”
The missing 5-year-old, vanished from her trailer in February 2009. According to Werter, Tommy Croslin says he and his cousin, Joe Overstreet, visited the home where Haleigh Cummings lived with her father Ronald Cummins and his then girlfriend, Misty Croslin, the night Haleigh Cummings went missing. Werter says Overstreet wanted to borrow an automatic rifle at the home to go deer hunting and that Overstreet became irate when he learned the gun was not there. “Things happened from there,” Werter said, explaining Croslin, Jr. went into the trailer bedroom to find Overstreet in a rage and Haleigh Cummings no longer alive.
Has the father of missing 5-year-old, Haleigh Cummings, struck a plea deal?
Today we learn Ronald Cummings and his attorney, Terry Shoemaker, are negotiating to secure Cummings a lighter sentence on drug-trafficking charges. Cummings, charged with five counts of trafficking Hydrocodone, faces a minimum of 83 years in prison. Shoemaker says he’s currently working to secure a prison sentence of 15 years or less for Cummings in exchange for Cummings’ statement in the drug-trafficking cases slated to proceed against Cummings’ ex-wife, Misty Croslin, and Croslin’s brother, Tommy Croslin. The statement, Shoemaker says, would likely bolster the State’s cases against Misty and Tommy Croslin. A trial date for Ronald Cummings remains scheduled for July 19.
WJXT is reporting that two cinder blocks have been pulled from the Saint Johns River in the search for Haleigh Cummings. This as police announce Haleigh is dead, investigators pull items for testing from the St. Johns River and multiple persons of interest identified.
In a primetime exclusive, Misty Croslin’s grandmother appeared on our show insisting she'd been told Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin and their cousin Joe were all involved in Haleigh’s death. Flora Hollars laid out multiple versions she says Misty and Tommy Croslin gave her about the night Haleigh vanished, all of them ending in the little girl’s brutal death. One of them, that a yellow rope was put around Haleigh’s body, a brick tied around the bottom of the other end of the rope and Haleigh thrown into the river.
After we see Misty Croslin on video in handcuffs standing on the dock of the Saint Johns river, investigators reveal Misty Croslin went to the river voluntarily. But what exactly did she tell police? We also learn she’s not the only one who was at the river with cops. Tommy Croslin’s attorney says he was the one who brought investigators to the St. Johns River in the first place, the same spot where unnamed sources say dive teams have been searching for a murder weapon.
We know cops have pulled “items” from the river for testing, but are Haleigh’s remains among them? And are multiple arrests about to go down?
As the massive search at the St. Johns River near Satsuma, Florida, goes into a third day, is the rope beginning to tighten around Misty Croslin in Haleigh Cummings disappearance? Moments ago at a news conference, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy announces it’s a homicide investigation and investigators believe Haleigh is dead.
Multiple persons of interest have been identified but Hardy remains tight-lipped about who they are. In another major development, Hardy says “people are starting to talk” and says Croslin is “coming to realize she’s in trouble”. Is she now fully cooperating with investigators?
The father of Misty Croslin is next in the line to be questioned in the disappearance of little Haleigh Cummings. Croslin was arrested for charges unrelated to Haleigh’s case; but, like the other two Croslins arrested over the past couple of months, he will still be asked what he knows about that night. During the investigation into Haleigh's disappearance, law enforcement received information alleging he was fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs.
Putnam authorities said the investigation revealed that Hank Croslin Sr. obtained approximately 300 Oxycodone and Hydrocodone pills from three different physicians between April and May 2009.None of the prescribing doctors was aware that the others had prescribed the controlled substances, authorities said. This practice is known as doctor shopping, a third-degree felony.
As the search for Haleigh Cummings continues, so does the conflict within the family circle and the lingering questions as to what really happened to the little girl. Ever since 5-yr-old Haleigh vanished from her home in the middle of the night back in February, many theories have surfaced as to how someone could take a child from her bed, inches from two other sleeping individuals.
Misty Croslin, the 17-year-old former girlfriend and now ex-wife of Haleigh’s father Ronald Cummings, was the last person to see the little girl. Cops still say the only consistency with regard to Croslin’s story is her inconsistent statements. Ronald Cummings stood by his teen bride for the past 7 months until just a couple weeks ago when he filed for divorce. After months of media attention and fighting between the two sides, Ronald called it quits.
So now what? There has been so much focus on the legal troubles and squabbling of Croslin’s family members, it leaves us all wondering when we will have an actual break in the search for little Haleigh.
Investigators won’t elaborate on what they do know about that night, but that is soon to change. Over the past two months, Putnam County authorities have turned up the heat on Misty Croslin, but she still hasn’t come clean with what she knows. After speaking to a source close to the investigation, we have come to learn that more information will be coming out about evidence that has yet to be revealed to the public in this case. When I pressed my source about a timeline on the release of this info, all I was given was “soon”.
Ron Cummings / Haleigh Cummings / Misty Croslin
And what about Ronald? Now that he has split from the one person who could hold the key to this investigation, how will this play out in the bigger picture in the search for his daughter? I’m told that now that the divorce papers have been signed and finalized, he is close to telling us what he REALLY thinks about the statements made by his ex-wife.
I think we are all eager to see how information on both fronts paints a clearer picture as to what may have happened. And the hope is that this new clarity will bring us one step closer to finding Haleigh.