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New Pictures and Stories About Little Haleigh

12:07 AM, Feb 28, 2009   |    comments
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SATSUMA, FL -- Pictures of 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings are posted all over Putnam County. The are on "Missing Child" flyers. Haleigh disappeared from her Satsuma home February 9th.

Friday, Haleigh's family brought out more photographs of the little girl for the media.

And every photograph tells a story.

Like the one of Haleigh as a flower girl in her aunt's wedding in December.

The strawberry blond child in a royal blue dress is bent over, picking up the flower petals.

Haleigh's aunt, Crystal Cummings said, "As my daughter and Haleigh were dropping the flowers,  Haleigh would pick the petals up! She thought she needed to pick them up. My daughter said 'No. You have to drop them.' It was really cute." 

Then there's a photo of Haleigh with a smile from ear-to-ear. She's holding a brand new camera she received as a gift.

Haleigh's grandmother, Teresa Neves, remembered Haleigh found her own Christmas gift before Christmas. So Neves tricked her and told her it was for someone else.

Neves grinned and shook her head and said, "When she opened it up for Christmas, she started jumping ten feet high. Up and down and up and down. And then she came up to me and said, 'Grandma, you lied to me.' She was the most excited over this little camera!"

There is also a series of photos of Haleigh's first day of school.

Her father, Ronald Cummings is walking with Haleigh to the bus stop in the pictures.

Haleigh's aunt, Crystal Cummings said Haleigh was so excited to start school. A photo shows Haleigh walking ahead of her father.

But once the school bus arrived, Haleigh got nervous and started to push her father away from the bus because she didn't want to get on it.

Then there's her school portrait. It's the one on the flyers around the county. Haleigh dons a pink hair bow and a pink top with a butterfly embroidered on the front.

Neves said Misty Croslin, Haleigh's father's girlfriend dressed Haleigh that day. 

Neves laughed and said, "Unfortunately Misty let her pick what she wanted to wear which meant there were 50 outfits on the floor every day!"

The laughter heard surrounding these stories Friday afternoon from Haleigh's family is rare. Much of the past two weeks has been filled with tears and worry over the missing little girl.

But the stories about the child do make people smile. Her family wants Haleigh back, and they want to take more pictures of her.

Associated Press

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