TJ Hart sent me the following update just a few minutes ago. It is an interesting article, and I am sure that it is going to be a subject discussed this afternoon on our Talk Radio Show. Tune in at 3pm central, it is going to be an interesting afternoon – Simon

Reporter’s Notes: In Misty’s Defense?

By TJ Hart

The Facts

The last couple of weeks have been very busy covering the disappearance of 6-year-old Haleigh Cummings of Satsuma, FL. She was last seen by her babysitter-now stepmother Misty Croslin-Cummings on February 9, 2009 in her father’s mobile home in Hermit’s Cove area of Satsuma.

On August 17, 2009 –Haleigh’s 6th birthday–The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release to inform the public that their office, the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement and the FBI have been working non-stop on the case and to make some very big statements:

* This was not a stranger abduction
* Anyone who wants to help in the search for Haleigh may do so within the parameters of their legal authority
* Requests for anyone in the public who may know anything of Misty Croslin-Cummings whereabouts the night of Haleigh’s abduction to come forward with that information to police

The statement regarding the belief that Haleigh was taken by someone known to the family is theory that has been floating through the community since the day the child disappeared.

The statement welcoming other searchers came on the same day that Haleigh’s paternal grandmother, Teresa Neves, along with attorney Mark Nejame and Texas EquuSearch Director Tim Miller announced the would be working on behalf of the Cummings family to conduct additional searches for Haleigh in the weeks ahead.

However, it was the last statement in the press release issued by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office asking members of the public to come forward with any information on Misty Croslin-Cummings’ whereabouts the night of the abduction that got things moving in high gear.

I brought that part of the statement to light on News/Talk 97.3 The SKY on CNN/Headline News’ Nancy Grace Show shortly after that press release was issued.

Several days later, Misty Croslin-Cummings asks the director of Texas EquuSearch, Tim Miller, to arrange a polygraph session for her in order to get her name cleared. It backfires and Misty fails the the tests “miserably,” according to Miller.

This comes to light again on News/Talk 97.3 The SKY and again on The Nancy Grace Show.

Audio clip of Tim Miller reading the questions on the polygraph and Misty’s results:

Audio clip of Miller with a surprising follow up.

Misty is obviously feeling the heat even greater after the announcement of her 4th polygraph failure is made public.

Friday night, Misty’s brother was brought in for questioning by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office after statements she made indicated he might have had some knowledge in the abduction.


A fruitless search was conducted by Texas EquuSearch and several volunteers Saturday on a tract of land behind the trailer Haleigh’s family lived in at the time of the abduction. Taken from a conversation between Misty and TES staffers, she said she thought the area where a plastic rose stood the grass on that tract had not been searched very well.

In Misty’s Defense

Please think for a moment about Misty’s life so far:

* Sexually abused at the hands of family members at a young age
* Very lacking education
* Describes her parents as drug users
* Says she’s lived in cars before

This tells me she has a lot of issues trusting people, putting into words descriptions of traumatic incidents, the use of drugs to ease emotional pain is not regarded is a bad thing by what her parents have modeled and that she can and will survive not matter how difficult the environment around her.

Please ponder these possibilities:

* Suppose someone Misty had come in contact with the night of the abduction pulled a weapon on her
* Suppose this person or persons told her she and/or Haleigh will be killed if she said anything
* Suppose you are a 17-year-old girl who had been abused in the past and now this happened to you
* Suppose your fear of getting killed is suddenly your biggest concern
* Suppose you don’t have the intellectual resources to be able to inform authorities without getting yourself killed

Perhaps Misty doesn’t need a lawyer or jail time or another polygraph right now. Perhaps she needs an advocate.

Just think about it from this angle for a little bit and keep watching as this story quickly unfolds.

TJ Hart

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