ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- In a recently released jail recording, Tommy Croslin told his grandmother who he thinks is responsible for the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.
Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin's sister and then-girlfriend of Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, put 5-year-old Haleigh to bed in February 2009. Haleigh hasn't been seen since.
Misty Croslin and Cummings married, then divorced, and both, along with Tommy Croslin, have been arrested on drug charges.
Tommy Croslin is being held in St. Johns County. In mid-April, the search for Haleigh intensified for three days based on a tip from him.
Investigators searched an area around a public boat ramp south of Satsuma, the town where Ronald Cummings lived and where Haleigh was last seen.
On April 11, he spoke to his grandmother, Flora Hollars, from jail, and that call has now been released.
HEAR THE ENTIRE PHONE CALL IN THE VIDEO ON THE RIGHT
In it, he tells Hollars to get his wife on the phone, asking for his lawyer.
"I need her to get my lawyer down here, it's important," Croslin said.
"I have to do something that I should have done a long time ago...just scared, don't want no one to hurt my kids." He has three children.
"Do you know, Tommy?" Hollars asked him.
"All I know is he's got to pay; he can't get to none of us so it don't matter," Croslin replied.
"It ain't me. No, it's not me, she (his wife, Lindsey) should know that...she's already heard the story," he continued.
"Is it the story that Misty said?" Hollars asked.
"Yeah, that's it."
"Joe" is Joe Overstreet, a cousin who lives in Nashville, Tenn. As the investigation intensified at the boat ramp, investigators in Tennessee interviewed Overstreet, but did not arrest him.
"Okay, that's what I've been thinking all along," Hollars continued in the phone call. "I've said it all along."
"But he can't get to me, he can't get to them, so they'll take care of it," Croslin said.
Hollars offered her version of the story in the recording. "I was told that Ron come home, and Haleigh had took one, found one of his pills, and took it and was dead, and Ron called you to get you to come up there and help Misty..."
"That's bull****," Croslin interrupted.
"...Clean the house up while he disposed of Haleigh," Hollars finished.
"That's bull****," Croslin repeated.
"Okay, well I'm glad you're telling me the truth, baby, because I've been wanting to hear it for a long time, but I knowed it. I knowed it in my heart, all this time I've knowed it."
Croslin then told her that "Joe" is "crazy" and tried to kill them all, repeating frequently his concern for his children.
Croslin's attorney, James Werter, said in a statement today that Croslin is not culpable in the disappearance of Haleigh, and has been cooperating since April 11 despite threats to his family.
Werter says Croslin didn't come forward sooner because he was scared for his family.
"He's been living under a atmosphere of fear for almost a year and a half and you listen to the tape and he says what he was in fear of, the person, his children and wife," said Werter.
Werter also says Croslin was forced at gunpoint to go with Overstreet to the St. Johns River when Overstreet was disposing of Haleigh's body.
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