HaLeigh Cummings' Story
Timeline for Haleigh case
Sunday, February 7, 2010
It has been one year since Haleigh Cummings went missing from her Satsuma home. This is a timeline of events from then until now.
Feb. 9, 2009: Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings, 5, last seen at about 10 p.m. at her Satsuma home, 202 Green Lane.
Feb. 10, 2009
3 a.m.: Misty Croslin, 17, Ronald Cummings' live-in girlfriend, says she woke up to use the bathroom and that on her return, she noticed Haleigh missing.
3:30 a.m.: Haleigh reported missing to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office soon after Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, 25, returns from his job at PDM Bridge in Palatka.
A back door at the mobile home is found ajar, propped open by a cinder block. No initial signs of forced entry are discovered, sheriff's officials report.
More than 130 officers from at least 10 county, state and federal agencies search for Haleigh. Search includes helicopters, water units and bloodhounds.
The families of Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh's mother, and Ronald Cummings hold the first of several vigils.
Feb. 12, 2009
Ronald Cummings pleads with the public on TV for the return of his daughter and states he had no involvement in his daughter's disappearance and that Croslin is not at fault.
Texas-based EquuSearch, a mounted search-and-recovery team, joins the search, as do more volunteers.
Crime Stoppers offers a $1,000 reward, and Leonard Padilla, the bounty hunter who worked on the Caylee Anthony case, offers a $25,000 reward if Haleigh is found.
Crystal Sheffield appears on CNN's Nancy Grace show.
Feb. 18, 2009: Officers confirm they have received a tip that Croslin was not at the home when Haleigh supposedly was sleeping. Both Cummings and Croslin tell media they passed polygraph tests.
March 12, 2009: Cummings and Croslin marry in the yard of a friend's mobile home. A ground search of U.S. 17 is held near Haleigh's home from Buffalo Bluff Road to Paradise Shores north of Crescent City. It turns up no new evidence. About 100 people participate.
March 20, 2009: Both of Haleigh's parents announce that they are being represented by attorneys. Over the year, who is representing them as well as Cummings' wife, Misty Croslin-Cummings, will change.
March 30, 2009: Sheffield has a minor vehicle accident when she runs into the back of a car on State Road 20. Sheffield tells police she had a seizure prior to the accident.
April 27, 2009: Sheffield has another seizure, reported due to stress. Soon afterward, she begins to limit her time in Putnam County.
June 26, 2009: Authorities dig up animal remains at the Baker County home of Haleigh's maternal grandmother. They say they want to make sure they leave no stone unturned in the investigation.
Aug. 6, 2009:Cummings is arrested on a charge of burglary with assault or battery after being accused of hitting his brother-in-law, Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr. Croslin tells officers the fight occurred after his sister contacted her family and said she didn't want to stay with her husband any longer. Cummings, however, signs affidavits saying his brother-in-law and father-in-law were the aggressors.
Aug. 17, 2009: Officers mark Haleigh's sixth birthday by announcing Croslin-Cummings is “key” in Haleigh's disappearance and that physical evidence contradicts her “sketchy account” of the night the girl vanished. Sheriff's Office also reports it no longer thinks the girl was taken by a stranger.
Aug. 19, 2009: EquuSearch director confirms Croslin-Cummings underwent a polygraph in Orlando and that the test “showed huge deceptions.”
Aug. 29, 2009: EquuSearch looks for clues of Haleigh but finds nothing in an area Misty Croslin-Cummings talked about while taking tests to clear her name. She told searchers to look for a red rose in a wooded area running from the St. Johns River east behind the house where Haleigh lived.
Aug. 31, 2009: Sheriff's Office confirms Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr. was interviewed over remarks his sister made to EquuSearch about his behavior when Haleigh disappeared.
Sept. 15, 2009:Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr., Misty Croslin-Cummings' brother, is arrested on a grand theft charge regarding a gun missing from a neighbor's home.
Sept. 19 & 20, 2009: L Pond in southern Putnam County is drained. It becomes public knowledge that officers have a tip that Haleigh may have been taken to a party where she died from a drug overdose and then was taken to the pond. A search of the pond reveals nothing about the girl.
Sept. 22, 2009: Putnam County Sheriff's Office reveals that Ronald Cummings and relatives couldn't reach Croslin-Cummings the night she said she was taking care of Haleigh and Haleigh's younger brother. Cummings made 20 attempts to reach Misty by phone that evening, according to phone records, and when her brother went to check on her, no lights were on inside and no one answered the door.
Sept. 28, 2009: A letter dropped off at a North Florida newspaper contains information about a possible burial site for Haleigh but does not lead to any new information.
Oct. 7, 2009: Croslin-Cummings is a passenger in a car pulled over in an alleged road rage incident in Seminole County.
Oct. 15, 2009: St. Johns County court records show a divorce for Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin-Cummings has been finalized.
Oct. 19, 2009: Misty Croslin is one of three people robbed while trying to buy illegal drugs at a Palatka apartment complex, police report.
Nov. 5, 2009: Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr. is arrested on drug charges after he is found in a car with a variety of narcotics.
Nov. 24, 2009: Misty Croslin's father, Hank Croslin Sr., is arrested and accused of doctor shopping after law enforcement receives information alleging he was fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs.
Jan. 20, 2010: Following a month-long investigation into the trafficking of prescription medications, Misty Croslin, Ron Cummings, Misty's brother Hank Croslin Jr., Hope Sykes and Donna Brock are arrested. Misty Croslin faces six counts of trafficking in prescription drugs. Three counts of the same charge are pending against Cummings and one against Hank Croslin Jr., Sykes and Brock.
Feb. 3, 2010: Warrants for two additional charges related to the sale of prescription narcotics are filed against Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin, bringing the total charges to eight against Croslin and five against Cummings. Croslin's bond is increased to $1.35 million, while Cummings' bond is raised to $900,000.
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