This just in from TJ Hart – Jan Barrett

A South Florida bondsman/private investigator/surety agent who was investigating the disappearance of a Putnam County girl when he was charged with false imprisonment of a suspected capital child sexual predator now claims a technicality could see his charges thrown out.

William “Cobra” Staubs was investigating the disappearance of missing 6-year-old Haleigh Cummings when a man came to the Haleigh Bug information center in Satsuma, FL in March causing trouble because the center politely refused his offer to give them furniture. Daniel Snodgrass was allegedly using foul language and shouting at the women at the center while children were present.

Snodgrass was out of jail awaiting trial at the time on a $70,000 bond. The 54-year-old Putnam County man is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl and molesting her older sister.

According to Staubs, he had the paperwork and implied permission to pick up Snodgrass at his home, revoke his bond and take him to jail.

A short time after Staubs had handcuffed Snodgrass and forced him to the ground in the presence of Putnam County deputies, the man was allowed to go free.

A first charge against Staubs in the matter was dropped, but a second attempt resulted in Staubs’ surrender at the Putnam County jail, a release on bond and now a lengthy wait for his trial set for mid-December.

Staubs Friday asked his attorney to file the necessary paperwork alleging the state has violated his right to a fair and speedy trial after learning that prosecutors are wanting to move the trial to 2010.

According to Staubs, if the state cannot produce a case on his December 14, 2009 trial date, the case runs a good chance of being thrown out.

Regarding the missing child at the heart of all this:

Haleigh is described as a 5 year old white female. She is approximately 3’0, 39 lbs, blonde hair & brown eyes. Unknown clothing description.

Haleigh was last seen at her residence in the Hermit’s Cove area of Putnam County on February 9, 2009 between the hours of 8-10pm.

A statewide Amber Alert has been issued. An additional $30,000 in rewards have been posted.

If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477) or you can Text your tip by Texting “TIP231 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

Stay tuned for updates. 

TJ Hart

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