This just in from our friend TJ Hart of The Sky 97.3 – Simon

The woman babysitting a Florida girl the night she went missing has reportedly told investigators she heard Haleigh Cummings being attacked before she vanished.

Misty Croslin’s attorney Robert Fields said Tuesday that the18-year-old told investigators the attack came after a cousin came to the Satsuma mobile home looking for a gun belonging to Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings.

Fields said “Haleigh was a substitute” for the missing gun.

Neither Fields nor the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office immediately returned our phone messages or e-mails.

The sheriff’s office has questioned Croslin’s credibility, saying investigators don’t believe 5-year-old Haleigh was abductedby a stranger in February 2009.

Croslin was in court in St Johns County where pleaded no contest Tuesday to drug trafficking charges. Under normal circumstances, the charge carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison. However, Fields said he will make the case for youthful offender status at her sentencing, which is set for Oct. 8.

In this case, investigators found she had 155 oxycodone pills, with a weight of 70.7 grams and a value of $800. The plea entered on one count in St. Augustine Tuesday morning mirrors the no contest pleas entered on several drug-trafficking charges in Putnam County on Monday.

This is the media release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office:

Date: August 17, 2010

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous requests for an official comment regarding a statement made earlier today by Attorney Robert Fields. For those outlets not aware, Attorney Fields is legal counsel for Misty Croslin.

Attorney Fields made a statement to media outlets that after Misty Croslin’s arrest, she informed investigators what happened the night Haleigh Cummings went missing, and what happened to Haleigh Cummings.

Since the onset of this investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been asked to comment on information obtained during the investigation. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has always taken the firm stance that any information obtained in this case is not to be released, and any investigative strategies will not be discussed. The Haleigh Cummings investigation is far too important to be jeopardized by releasing this type of sensitive information.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will not be participating in any formal interviews or providing statements regarding this morning’s events at this time. The main concern of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is finding Haleigh Cummings and returning her home to her family. 

Lieutenant Johnny Greenwood
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

TJ Hart
Director of News and Programming
News/Talk 97.3 The SKY WSKY HD1

Simon SaysHaving spent many, many months following this case, I have to admit that I always read the PSCO statements very carefully. They often contain a ‘zinger’ but they are oh so good at hiding it in plain sight. Is this what we have here?

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