Misty Croslin and Haleigh Cummings

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Haleigh Cummings at age 5 when she disappeared and an age-progression rendering of what she may look like today.

This blog was created in 2014 to focus on the ridiculous prison sentence Misty Croslin received for selling $3,000 worth of pain pills to an undercover police officer: two 25 year terms plus a $500,000 fine and five years probation.

But the reason several law enforcement agencies collaborated in an elaborate sting operation, not on a multi-million dollar drug lord but targeting a small time drug addict who had just turned 18, was the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings. Law enforcement could not admit that was the real reason, in fact they lie to the public every time they deny it, but we all know it’s true.

There was no evidence to ever charge, let alone convict, Misty with anything concerning Haleigh. According to everyone who knew them, Misty took good care of Haleigh: feeding her, taking her to school, playing with her, and bathing her before bed.

Yet in the early morning hours of February 10, 2009, Haleigh was reported missing from her home. She was five years old at the time. And just like Polly Klaas and Adam Walsh, suspicion immediately fell upon the parents (or in Misty’s case, the babysitter in the role of step-mother).

After six years there is still no evidence that anything happened other than what Misty told us that day: Misty, Haleigh and her little brother Junior were asleep at home. Ronald was off at work. When Misty woke up she found Haleigh missing and the back door open.

Over the years many online have played amateur detective and tried to frame and twist Misty’s words prove their own pet theories of what “really” happened. It would take too long to debunk every fact-free personal opinion floating around on the Internet. So let’s take just one recent “language analysis” done by Peter Hyatt:

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Let’s apply the same “Scientific Content Analysis” (SCAN) to Peter Hyatt’s commentary and the 911 operator on the Haleigh is missing call.

The first thing that appears on John Cavern’s blog is how SCAN was developed by Avinoam Sapir. This is an attempt to gain credibility by stating a couple of historical facts. But then the blog slips in a fast curveball: the “analysis” you are about to read is from Peter Hyatt. Was Hyatt personally trained and certified by Mr. Sapir or is he just hijacking his reputation?

Peter Hyatt seems to be a one-man band, self-publishing a sloppy website, self-publishing a vanity press book with a huge photo of himself on the cover, and various podcasts. His Linkedin profile lists 10 years as an “investigator” (although no legal licenses are given), 12 years as “president” of his own analysis service, and 7 years as a “freelance” statement analyst. Over 20 years in the “investigator/analyst” business yet he only shows a handful of testimonials from minor and fringe groups thanking him for his services. He’s also in the business of selling expensive courses about SCAN. That sort of resume doesn’t inspire confidence.

Now to the call itself:

911: You can’t find what?

Clearly, the 911 operator was distracted or not listening. Misty just reported “our daughter” missing. A missing child is most important, an urgent situation that 911 operators train for, yet this operator didn’t respond appropriately.

911: OK, what’s the numerical?

Who uses the word “numerical”? Why not just ask “What’s your address?” This is distancing behavior on the part of the 911 operator who is by words and actions treating Misty like a “numerical” not a person.

911: OK, how tall is she? How much does she weight?

Much is made about Misty not having a quick response to these basic questions. What are we to infer: that she doesn’t want them to know Haleigh’s height and weight? No, Misty was traumatized, panicked and confused throughout the call on even basic details when there was no benefit in lying about them. Some people shut down and don’t think well under extreme stress. A less extreme example: While on vacation I was awakened by a phone call in the middle of the night. The person asked how old I was. I couldn’t think of my own age at that moment. It turned out to be a prank phone call.

911: Does it look like someone tried to enter your house?

Peter Hyatt’s so-called analysis labels this a red flag because Misty does not answer immediately. Was she being coached? How about more likely she had to go check and look at the door to see if there were signs of forced entry to give an accurate answer?

Peter Hyatt then asks, why would Ronald Cummings marry Misty?

Anyone following this case knows the answer. Ronald had sex with Misty when she was still a minor. As police intensified their interrogations they used the threat of prosecuting Ronald for having sex with an underage Misty as leverage to get him to talk. Misty has said on camera in a recorded interview that Ronald married her because he thought that would keep him from being prosecuted for statutory rape. You have only to watch news footage of the engagement party where Misty and her mother are gushing about the engagement and showing off her ring while Ronald storms off in the background, gets into his truck and speeds off alone.

What is clear from the 911 call and all that followed is that Misty was in an abusive relationship, dominated and manipulated by Ronald Cummings, that Cummings had an extensive history of drug dealing and sex with underage girls (Misty and others), and behaved violently.

Let us hope and pray that Haleigh Cummings is found alive and well. If you have any information about Haleigh, please contact The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

 

 

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2 responses to “Misty Croslin and Haleigh Cummings

  1. Lisa

    I have been reading a lot about Mistys situation in the last few days & am truely appalled by how she has been treated by the Florida court system. Being a Florida resident myself & seeing how many young peoples mugshots are posted for selling pain pills or heroin on a daily basis, I’d like to know how many of those people where given the amount of time that Misty has gotten? obviously the police in her area put a target on her from the beginning. Whatever kind of lifestyle Ronald Cummings was living at the time his daughter went missing, he sadly drug Misty into it. It breaks my heart watching the court video of her & hearing the emotion in her voice. In my opinion, the only crime she may be guilty of, is being young, poor & easily influenced by an older man who’s own choices and actions probably had a hand in the disappearance of his own daughter. Misty never had a chance. She is predisposed to having an addictive personality & issues with drug dependency & sadly ended up under the influence of a drug addicted older man who turned her into a televised teenage drug dealer & ultimately ruined her life while the entire country watched. As far as the 911 call, she called as soon as she discovered Haleigh missing. She did what any innocent person would have by calling right away. I agree that the 911 operator wasn’t clear with her questions & Im sure anyone in Mistys situation-waking up to find a child in the house missing-might need a minute to process the questions being asked of her. I’m going to bring up Florida’s sweetheart-Casey Anthony-again, who never even called 911 while her daughter was missing for weeks-being acquitted & WALKING FREE while Misty is sentenced at 18 years old to spend basically the rest of her young life in prison for a drug related crime. It’s outrageous that people actually have the nerve to criticize Misty on how long it took her to respond to the 911 operator. I support Misty 100%. I see myself in her. I’ve been in abusive relationships, came from a poor household, struggled with drug addiction & sought comfort in older men through relationships. She does not deserve the sentence that has been handed to her & I pray she is let out soon. Free Misty Croslin💕

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  2. Foodie Foodnerd

    First, Ronald likely married Misty at least in part because our Constitution prohibits compelling a wife to testify against her husband, effectively stifling the strongest potential witness against him.

    Second, Hyatt learned Statement Analysis techniques from a leading expert, Mark McClish, who charges $110 for his online course — that Hyatt now offers for $500 per suc– er, participant.

    As to the technique itself, attention to detail is a crucial element in using it accurately and successfully.
    You’ve already made note of the quality and clarity of his work on his blog…

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