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Haleigh's Parents' Attorneys Withdraw From Case

9:18 AM, Jul 22, 2009   |    comments
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  • Kim Picazio
  • Crystal Sheffield
  • Ronald Cummings
    
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PUTNAM COUNTY, FL -- The attorneys for Haleigh Cummings' parents have pulled out of the case.

Five-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared from her Putnam County home in February and has not been seen since.

Kim Picazio represented Haleigh's mother, Crystal Sheffield, who lives in Baker County. Picazio told First Coast News she withdrew her name as Sheffield's attorney.  Picazio said she could not comment about withdrawing representation.

In addition, attorneys Greg Kimball and Terry Snider of Palatka had represented Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings.

In an e-mail, Kimball and Snider announced they are no longer Cummings' attorneys.

The email said, "There are no pending legal matters involving Ronald Cummings. We are ending today (July 16th) our representation of Ronald Cummings on good terms. Our website, findhaleighnow.com, will remain online but will not be updated."

Picazio said both sides had worked on an agreed order to resolve some ongoing conflict between the parties.  The order includes issues such as visitation and taking children to doctors' appointments.

Kimball and Snider sent their email after the Department of Children and Families concluded its investigation into allegations that Ronald Cummings had abused his children. Kimball said the DCF investigation found no factual finding of abuse against Ronald Cummings. 

Months ago, Picazio requested DCF to investigate Ronald Cummings after she had received information from various sources who said Cummings abused Haleigh and her younger brother.

This week, Picazio told First Coast News she is satisfied with the DCF investigation at the Putnam County level. However, she is not satisfied with the outcome.

Picazio said she feels the case workers and investigators did everything they should have and did "an outstanding job." However, she feels DCF executives chose to dismiss the investigation's findings.

Picazio told First Coast News, "The fact they didn't take action was ridiculous."

If you know any information that could help investigators find Haleigh, call 1-888-277-8477.

First Coast News

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