Haleigh Cummings case: Missing girl’s grandma says Misty a liar, should be hanged if latest story true
Misty Croslin, who was caring for missing Florida girl, Haleigh Cummings on the night she vanished says the girl was kidnapped by Joe Overstreet, a cousin of Misty’s. After hearing Misty’s account of what happened to Haleigh, the little girl’s grandmother has come forward calling Misty a liar.
On Tuesday, Misty’s legal counsel stated that his client heard Haleigh screaming as she was being attacked by Overstreet in February 2009, when he had come to the Cumming’s home to find a machine gun that belonged to Ronald Cummings, Haleigh’s father. Cummings was at work at the time of the incident.
Attorney Robert Fields said Misty hid under the covers with 3-year-old Ronald Cummings Jr., but saw Overstreet place something over Haleigh.
At the time Haleigh vanished, Misty was her father’s live-in girlfriend. She claims to have risen from sleep to use the bathroom when she found Haleigh was gone.
Teresa Neves, Haleigh’s paternal grandmother told News 4 Jax Wednesday that she is confused by Misty’s new story.
“Why would you hide with a little 5-year-old screaming like that?” Neves asked. “How can the neighbors not hear her? Things just don’t add up.”
She believes Haleigh is still alive and that Misty is lying. “I still believe she’s alive… I don’t believe anything Misty says until somebody can prove it. The thing doesn’t even make sense. How can you be under the covers and also see her in a bag? None of it makes sense,” Neves said.
She added “She’s told so many stories, and to just pick and choose which one you want to believe, I don’t believe it’s right… Whatever it is, it needs to be proven.”
Neves also expressed her feeling that Misty should be hanged if her story is actually true “like an old-fashioned hanging in the square kind of thing,” she said.
Misty and her brother Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr., Ronald Cummings and his cousin Hope Sykes, and a friend Donna Brock were all arrested in January for drug trafficking. Although the drug bust and Haleigh’s disappearance are two separate cases, authorities have commented they hoped the arrests would lead to finding Haleigh.
Misty has been the focus of the investigation into Haleigh’s disappearance after failing several lie detector tests and reportedly giving authorities conflicting stories about he night the girl vanished.
Overstreet was arrested at his Tennessee home on August 8 for drug related offenses. He has been questioned regarding Haleigh’s case, but has not been named a person of interest or suspect in the matter.
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