Haleigh Cummings news: Misty Croslin claims she heard missing girl’s screams prior to disappearance
Tuesday morning, the attorney for Misty Croslin, the woman who was taking care of Satsuma, Florida girl Haleigh Cummings on the night she vanished, claims Misty heard the little girl’s screams as she was being attacked before she went missing.
After Haleigh, 5, disappeared in February 2009, Misty told authorities she and the children had gone to sleep, but she awoke in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Misty claimed she found the back door propped open with a brick and then discovered Haleigh was gone.
Misty was then the live-in girlfriend of Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings, who was at work when the incident occurred. The couple married shortly after Haleigh vanished, however, divorced only a few months later.
Now Misty claims an attack on Haleigh took place after Misty’s cousin, Joe Overstreet, came to the house while on a visit from Tennessee. He was apparently looking for a machine gun that belonged to Haleigh’s father.
Attorney Robert Fields claims that the gun wasn’t there and that “Haleigh was a substitute.”
He claims that Misty cowered beneath the sheets holding 3-year-old Ronald Cummings Jr. as the attack on Haleigh continued. She then saw Overstreet put Haleigh in a black bag or cover her with something, according to Fields.
Misty’s brother, Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr. told his grandmother a similar tale during a jailhouse call, claiming he’d been afraid to come forward because he feared he and his family would be harmed.
Misty and her brother Tommy, Cummings and his cousin Hope Sykes, and a friend, Donna Brock were all arrested in January for drug trafficking. Although Haleigh’s disappearance and the drug bust are two different cases, authorities hoped the arrests would lead to answers regarding Haleigh.
Overstreet had initially been questioned regarding Haleigh’s disappearance, but was not named a person of interest or suspect in the case.
On August 8, police arrested Overstreet at his Tennessee home on drug offenses.
Misty’s revelations regarding Haleigh’s vanishing and Overstreet came after she pleaded no contest on the drug charges. According to First Coast News, she faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years behind bars in St. Johns County, but “could face up to 240 years if she makes a similar plea in the Putnam County cases.”
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