Quickly, we saw deception not only in her interview, made hours after reporting Haleigh, 5, missing, but her 911 call indicated deception as well, with priority seen as alibi establishment rather than reporting a missing child.
Misty Croslin's language also showed guilty knowledge that not only was Haleigh not missing, but was dead.
Later, statements from Misty and her brother, Tommy Croslin, gave indication of sexual abuse.
I concluded that in the world of Haleigh Cummings was acute drug abuse, sexual abuse, death, and cover up.
Haleigh was likely sexually abused before her death, which may have come as she was drugged to make her compliant.
The players in this saga are in prison for drug crimes. This was after police failed to get a confession from Misty Croslin, they took up to get them on drug related charges. This was successful, though they still failed to get the location of Haleigh's remains, which, I believe, were dumped in water, where it would be devoured by wild life in Florida.
Haleigh knew only abuse and neglect, as her father and mother were both involved in drugs, domestic violence, and associated with perversion. The sub culture, with its own language and code of 'ethics', including the beheaded rat, and the wall of silence that Haleigh's own father sought to impose, even marrying his teenaged girlfriend, thinking about 'spousal privilege' of not testifying one against another.
We now learn that Haleigh's mother has been arrested...again.
And Cummings' mother, Crystal Sheffield (pictured below), has been arrested in Baker County for violating her probation. The nature of Sheffield's parole violation has not been released by authorities. Since late 2013, Sheffield has been arrested for petite theft, disorderly intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father, was brought from prison to the Baker County Courthouse this week for a custody hearing for the pair's son, Ronald Jr., the brother of Haleigh Cummings.
Ronald Cummings was sentenced in 2011 to 15 years in prison for selling prescription drugs.
Sources told Channel 4 that as a result of the custody hearing, Sheffield lost custody of Ronald Jr. The Department of Children and Families will not confirm that information.
Haleigh Cummings' great grandmother, Annette Sykes (pictured below), spoke with Channel 4's Ashley Harding on Friday.
"It's like someone just stole part of me,” Sykes said.
The front wall of Sykes' living room is covered with stuffed animals, cards and pictures. The words "Haleigh's Room" are pasted at the top.
"You tend to take things for granted, especially a child, because they're there,” Sykes said. “The things they do on a daily basis that you don't really pay any attention to until they're not there."
There have been no new developments in Haleigh Cummings' disappearance, but officials with the Sheriff's Office said they receive tips every month.
More than 1,000 signatures have been collected on an online petition calling for new attention to the case. Sykes said she doesn't blame the Sheriff's Office but said officials need to be more open with information.
"If they're doing things, they don't tell us,” Sykes said. “I mean, the least that you would think they would do is call us once in a while and say, 'We haven't forgotten about Haleigh.'"
Sykes said she believes someone knows exactly what happened but is just too afraid to come forward.
"You know, if they think that they're going to get in trouble or have to spend years in prison for knowing something, they're not going to tell,” Sykes said. “But if they're granted amnesty, they would tell, because then they wouldn't have to worry about getting in trouble."
In the meantime, Christmas presents and Easter baskets sit in "Haleigh's Room," waiting to be opened, and a grandmother waits for answers – a grandmother who still believes Haleigh is out there somewhere.
“I would love for people to continue to look for her,” Sykes said. “She's our little girl, and we love her and miss her. I know she misses us."