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New Information About Home Haleigh Disappeared From

6:42 PM, Feb 17, 2009   |    comments
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SATSUMA, FL -- About ten years ago, a different family rented the double wide trailer where Haleigh Cummings lives.

Dr. Jesse Smallwood, a minister, used to live there with his family.  He's now in Georgia.

First Coast News called him Tuesday to ask him what he remembers about the home.

Smallwood had no idea his former home was now at the center of the news stories he'd been watching.

Smallwood told First Coast News, "We've been watching it on TV, and we've been saying, 'Boy, that looks so familiar. That looks just like the house that we used to live in.'"

That blue double wide is the place he used to live in around 2000 and 2001 while he worked at a local church.

Smallwood remembered the house and said its floors were noisy. He said if someone was walking inside, he could hear them even if they were on the other side of the house. 

"Someone could not carry the child out of that house unless someone was in a drunken stupor, and not hear that child being taken from that house," Smallwood said.

He explained he had an extra slide lock placed on the back door.

It's not clear if the same lock is still on the house nearly a decade later.

However, Tuesday Misty Croslin, Haleigh's father's girlfriend, talked about the lock. She lived in the house and was the last to see Haleigh.

She said Haleigh and Haleigh's little brother "could reach [the lock] but they couldn't unlock it because it was hard."

Croslin also said Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father, checked the locks before he left for work. 

Beyond the lock, Smallwood says the way the home is tucked into the woods makes it a perfect place for someone to snatch a child.

"You could park down into the trees and walk right up," Smallwood explained. "If you were going to abduct someone, all you would have to do is sit back there and no one would see you."

Smallwood is still shocked that the place he called home is now a place of interest in an investigation into a missing little girl.

First Coast News

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