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Arrest Reports Released in Cummings, Croslin Arrest

1:41 PM, Apr 13, 2010   |    comments
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PALAKTA, Fla. -- The arrest reports about the five people arrested recently on drug charges have been released.

The people arrested include Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin, the father and ex-stepmother of Haleigh Cummings, the girl who disappeared from her Satsuma home nearly a year ago.

Crystal Sheffield, the mother of Haleigh and Ronald Jr., has been granted temporary custody of her son Ronald Cummings Jr. after an emergency shelter hearing Thursday. The hearing was held after the arrest of the boy's father Ronald Cummings Sr. on drug charges.

Cummings had custody of his son prior to the emergency hearing. Permanent custody to Crystal Sheffield would have to be determined in another custody hearing. 

The father of Haleigh Cummings, his ex-wife and her brother, and two others were in court Thursday morning to face drug trafficking charges.

Several law enforcement agencies Wednesday night arrested 26-year-old Ronald Cummings, 18-year-old Misty Croslin, and 23-year-old Tommy Croslin on charges of trafficking prescription medications.

The arrests happened more than 11 months after the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings, Ronald's daughter, who was in the care of Misty Croslin when she disappeared.

Haleigh, 5-years-old at the time of her disappearance, vanished sometime after Croslin said she put the girl to bed at the couple's home in Satsuma. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said its investigation began when a "source" told authorities information.

Investigators say a total of seven buys took place, all involving the drugs Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

Authorities arrested five people in all. Hope Sykes, a cousin of Ronald Cummings, is among them along with Donna Broch of Orlando.

Misty Croslin faces six counts of trafficking in prescription medications. She's being held on a $950,000 bond at the St. Johns County Detention Center.

Ronald Cummings faces three counts of trafficking in prescription medications. He was held on a $500,000 bond at the Putnam County Jail Wednesday night and later booked into the Flagler County Jail.

Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr. faces one count of trafficking in prescription medications. He's being held on a $100,000 bond at the St. Johns County Detention Center.

READ THE ARREST REPORTS: REPORT 1REPORT 2REPORT 3 | REPORT 5 | REPORT 6

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said while those arrested are in custody, investigators will try to question them about the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.

Dominick Pape with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Thursday, "There was a series of undercover purchases that occured. During those purchases, certain individuals would show up. Not always the same people, so that's why you have different individuals. Last night the last two individuals that showed up were Misty and Croslin."

A total of seven purchases took place with an undercover agent. 

At a news conference Thursday about the latest arrest, Pape would not discuss the Haleigh Cummings investigation.

He said, "What I'm here for today is prescription pill abuse. It doesn't matter what names are on the board or who they're associated with. The message is we will investigate, we will arrest, and we will make a dent in the prescription pill abuse in the region."

When Pape was asked if the bond was set so high in order to keep Croslin and Cummings in custody for questioning in the Haleigh case, he said that the judges set the bond, not the investigators. 

The little girl hasn't been seen since she went to bed on the night of Feb. 9. Misty Croslin said she tucked the girl in around 8 p.m. Seven hours later, Croslin noticed Haleigh missing.

Misty Croslin lived in the house with Ronald Cummings. The two married several weeks after Haleigh disappeared. They divorced last fall.

Investigators say Misty Croslin may hold the key to finding Haleigh.

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