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Misty Croslin, Considered by Police to be 'Key' in Disappearance of Haleigh Cummings Speaks Out from Jail

7:31 PM, May 25, 2011   |    comments
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MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- Misty Croslin, the woman known as the last person to see 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings before she disappeared, is speaking publicly on television for the first time since she was sent to prison on drug charges.

She responds to being called the "key" by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office to cracking the Haleigh case. Croslin was married to Ron Cummings, the father of Haleigh; the girl vanished while in Croslin's care in February 2009.

"They got me in prison for 25 years. If I knew anything, they would know it from Day 1. I don't know anything. ... Just because when I say something one time, it doesn't come out the same way. I guess that's why they think I'm changing my story, but I'm not," Croslin said.

It is her first in-depth television interview since being arrested on drug charges. She was sentenced in January and is now serving 25 years at Lowell.

Croslin describes how investigators in Haleigh's case told her before her sentencing that if she told them where Haleigh was, they would drop the drug charges. Croslin said she told them she didn't know anything.

"People don't understand that it kills me every day. I was asleep, I woke up and she was gone. Every night I go to sleep, I think maybe when I wake up she's going to be beside me," Croslin said.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said Croslin has told various stories about the night Haleigh disappeared.

She also explains she married Ron Cummings because he was worried about dating someone underage. They started dating when she was 16, she said.

"I feel like he used me the whole time we were together," Croslin said. She did say he is a good father.

"I would give my life for her to come home any day. I would spend the rest of my life in this place just for her to come home," Croslin said.

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