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Haleigh's Father Fired

1:42 PM, Apr 21, 2009   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, FL -- The father of a missing girl from Satsuma has been fired by his employer for "job abandonment."

Ronald Cummings claims he stopped working so he and his family could focus on the search for his 5-year-old daughter Haleigh, missing now for more than two months.

A spokesperson says the company where Cummings worked, PDM Bridge, feels for the Cummings family, but after two months it had no choice but to let him go.

The PDM Bridge spokesperson says Cummings never asked for a leave of absence.

Cummings' lawyer issued this statement concerning the termination:

"From the time of Haleigh's disappearance, Ronald Cummings was told that his employer was holding his job open.  He was told by his employer that he could start back to work on Monday, April 6, 2009.  Ronald agreed to this date and was prepared to go into work, when he was told on Friday, April 3, 2009 that the offer to return to work was being withdrawn for 'abandoning his job.'"

Ronald Cummings has been referred to a firm in Daytona Beach that handles labor and employment law.

READ: EXPANDED COVERAGE OF SEARCH FOR HALEIGH

His employment was a factor in his being granted custody of his daughter and son back in 2005.

The judge felt Cummings was in a better position to pay for health insurance.

There has been a battle between Cummings and his former girlfriend, Crystal Sheffield, over the custody of Haleigh and her little brother Ronald, Junior.

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