This just in from TJ Hart – Jan Barrett

Much has taken place recently regarding some of the key figures in the disappearance of a Satsuma girl who vanished from her home in February of 2009.

Haleigh Cummings’ father, Ronald Cummings, her former stepmother, Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin, Hope Sykes and Donna Brock were arrested on drug charges back in January.

Hope Sykes, Donna Brock and Tommy Croslin each pleaded not contest.

Misty Croslin last Monday pleaded no contest to drug charges in both St. Johns and Putnam County. It is the hope of her attorney to get her a youthful offender status prior to sentencing reducing the possibility of prison from 210 years to about 10 behind bars.

Ronald Cummings pleaded guilty to 3 of five charges Friday and agreed to continue assisting investigators in the case of his missing daughter. That case was recently classified as a homicide by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

During the latest spate of court appearances, Misty Croslin’s attorney said she hid under the blankets as Haleigh Cummings was killed and placed into a black bag by her cousin Joe Overstreet.

Tommy Croslin’s attorney, James Werter, told the media that Croslin’s cousin Joe Overstreet killed Haleigh and dumped her in the river just days later.

In each of those accounts, Misty and Tommy referred to an argument between Overstreet and Ronald Cummings over a machine gun that precipitated the killing of Haleigh in the form of retaliation.

Earlier reports of the incident mentioned a gun, but not specifically machine gun.

Former private investigator Cobra Staubs recalls the incident (Listen).

I asked Staubs his thoughts on the case (Disclaimer: these are the opinions of William “Cobra” Staubs).

Staubs Sentencing Update:

Cobra Staubs did run afoul of the law while investigating the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings and was charged with a misdemeanor simple battery in a case that alleged he falsely arrested an alleged capital child sex offender.

The agreement was to allow Staubs to return to his private investigation/bail bondsman profession, but not to practice it in the Putnam County area.

Somehow, a critical detail was missed and Staubs wants it corrected (Listen to the entire interview).

TJ Hart

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