My wife Jan and I have been following this story from day one. Were it not for the fact that a young girl Haleigh Cummings is still missing, I would have found todays news hugely amusing.

On Monday Misty Croslin pleaded no contest to 7 charges concerning the trafficking of prescription drugs. This plea, as some news outlets would have us believe, she faced a potential of 240 years behind bars. Of course this was rubbish, but that is how some people make their advertising dollar. It was far more likely that she faced 25 years. This is no easy street, lets face it, 25 years is still a very long time.

Today (Tuesday) Misty was once again in court, this time in St Johns county. She faced one trafficking charge that carried a 25 year minimum. It was no surprise that Misty Croslin took the no contest plea. Hey, when you are looking at spending the rest of your life behind bars, what is another paltry 25 years?

The real fun started after the hearing was over. Misty Croslin’s attorney Robert Fields seemed to think that this was the perfect time to unleash information on the case that his client apparently did not see fit to share with the police at the time the little girl went missing.

Todays story is that Misty was in bed, heard people in the trailer, and, afraid for her life, pulled the blankets over her head. These ‘bad men’ stole Haleigh.

Of course this is a story with so many holes in it you could drive a Mack Truck through it!

Even if you buy into the story, there are many questions. Number one, what did she do after the ‘Bad Men’ left? Apparently nothing. She went back to sleep!

I am a big fan of Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. This latest invention is about as likely as the Vatican recommending Dan brown for sainthood!

The story we are being fed is about as believable as winning the SuperBall without buying a ticket.

Robert Fields is not usually a guy that makes mistakes, but this might be one. His finesse on getting Misty’s two very separate drug situations combined into one was sheer brilliance. He can now play his ‘trump card’, the youthful offender one.

I am not so sure that this ‘hiding under the covers’ defense is going to work nearly as well. As soon as the ‘bad guys’ left, why didn’t she call 911? OK, maybe she did not have a phone? But I am sure that a neighbour had a phone!

Simon Barrett

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