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3 Years Later….HaLeigh Cummings

Three years ago last month a child disappeared from Palatka, Fla. A beautiful 5 yr old girl, with an impish grin. We saw searches organized, intense media coverage, and concern from all across America. We saw local law enforcement officers whose faces reflected the loss of a child of their community, while vigorously investigating a complex case. Complex because each answer sought only opened up many more questions.

We heard from family members, and friends of family, of all the main characters connected with the case. We saw on-line personas creating their own drama by inserting themselves into the case (or into some off-shoot drama with a tenuous connection to the case or players within). We rode out the many sideshows pertaining to secondary characters. We watched ,with morbid fascination, as primary players trotted merrily down the road to Pillville; with their final destinations being Florida state prisons.

The dramas continue online. In-fighting that should have burned out long ago continues to be reignited by immature flamewars brought on by reasons that seem to be only important to the participants. The family members of the child have moved on to continue their lives; filled with old hurts, memories, new beginnings, and dramas of their own.

Yet, they still have a hole that needs to be filled. We all do, although I won’t pretend our need is as great as the families involved.  We never felt those little arms around our neck, nor heard her little-girl laughter. Still, we feel a closeness to the case, as we have been loyal followers since its outbreak.  We all have a natural-born tendency to want to protect the children – even the ones out of our reach.

Three years later…and we still don’t know any more than we did before.  What happened on a chilly, dark night on February 9, 2009? Where is HaLeigh Cummings?

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Opinion

 

Who “Saw” This Coming?

The school-guard psychic is back. I don’t know about you but I feel fairly sure I could have “predicted” her reappearance in another missing child case. I could have also predicted she would see the body near or in water; wooded area; blah blah blah. After all this is where she also “saw” a missing Florida girl and a missing woman from Virginia.

A newspaper article written recently stated the psychic found the woman who was missing in Virginia. I beg to differ. A farmer walking around his land found the girl. To my knowledge he was not following any psychic direction; he was only checking out his land after the Spring thaw.  As for the psychic’s readings on that case; well, I gave my opinion on that in an earlier blog (see All That Glitters Isn’t Gold).

Now this psychic is lashing out at reporters, skeptics, and someone who has taken some pictures of an area, in a case of a missing child. She claims that some ladies were trying to show LE where the exact area was where the pic was taken. First, she stated the ladies went to the area, smelled a horrible smell, then went home & called her. Here is an exerpt of her blog:

“TWO LADIES, FOLLOWING MY BLOG, WERE IN THE SAMS TOWN AREA TODAY AND DECIDED TO LOOK AROUND… THEY ENDED UP AT THE RR TRACKS, DIRECTLY BEHIND SAM’S TOWN – WHERE THE PIPE IS COMING OUT OF THE GROUND….SAID THE RANK SMELL WAS SO HORRID, THEY COULDN’T GO CLOSER…WENT HOME, CALLED ME….”

In another blog entry she had written about the picture and the ladies being there she stated in her comments section:

 

Stephsaid…

OK- First, I will delete all comments which were rude, period. 2nd, let me explain….The lady’s DID stay there…..But, by the time the Police showed up (almost an hour later) it was dark…Anyway, they called me from the location to get my opinion and I asked them to look at this site / photo and tell me if where they were, did it match the photo…(They had a lap top with them)….”

So which is it? Were they at the area & called her from there while they browsed the internet on their laptop? Or did they go home and call her?

This may not seem to be a major faux paux by some. They may put it down as a “misspeak” or typo sort of mistake. This isn’t like a detail in one of her visions that can be excused if it isn’t 100% like she “saw” it. In reality, it is a major red flag to minor details. They were either at home when they called her; or not. If the small details don’t sync how could she possibly expect us to “see” the big picture?

Her blog isn’t the first place we have seen the changes in detail. We saw it on a blog she was questioned closely on by followers of the Florida case. We also saw it in her comments on a blogsite of a crime-radio program that also followed the Florida case.

What is also the same are the meltdowns and proclamations that she would never do another public reading.  Yadda yadda yadda so on and so forth.

It’s hard to take someone 100% seriously when they never give you anything to work with.

*Just an opinion from someone standing in the cr0ssfire.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Opinion

 

HaLeigh Cummings – (still missing so trying to keep her name out there)

HaLeigh Cummings is a missing child from Palatka, FL. She was 5 years old at the time it was reported that she was missing from her home on the night of  February 9, 2009 or the early hours of February 10th, 2009.  Unfortunately, this is the only fact I can give you about the case, since LE has stated early on they do not know what crime was committed, when, where, how, or by whom.

Too many are pulling away from reporting on the case, for various reasons, so expect to see HaLeigh mentioned here occasionally just so we keep her name out there. Someone, somewhere, knows something. Please do the right thing and report what you know, no matter how inconsequential you may think it is.  Your small tidbit may be just what LE needs to link what they have (if anything) together.

Date Missing:    2/10/2009
Missing From:   Satsuma,FL County:   PUTNAM
Birth Date:    8/17/2003 Age Disappeared:    5 yrs 5 months
Race:    White
Sex: Female
Height:     3′ 00″
Weight:   039
Hair:   Blonde
Eyes:   Brown
Narrative: ***UPDATE*** The child’s age and her last knownlocation have been updated. A Florida AMBER Alert has been

issued for Haleigh Cummings, who was last seen in the area

of Hermit’s Cove in Satsuma, FL.

**UPDATE** Clothing description is unknown.**UPDATE** Haleigh

has a 4 inch round birth mark on the lower left side of her back and

a birthmark in front of her left ear .

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts

of this child, please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s

Office at

1-888-277-8477 or 911 *

*From the FDLE flyer http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/MCICSearch/FlyerPrintableFormat.asp?Case_Id=28474

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Opinion

 

A Little Justice; A Lot of Apprehension

Osama bin Laden Killed By US Special Forces

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As Americans world wide celebrate the news that Osama Bin Laden has finally met his demise, apprehension also begins to set in. The death of Bin Laden at the hands of American Special Forces is the only form of justice most Americans would have ever accepted for the unnecessary and cruel deaths of the victims of 9-11-01. If he had died peacefully in his sleep, most would have felt cheated. The reports that he died violently, while hiding behind one of his wives, has many dancing in the streets. It doesn’t bring back our fellow Americans who perished on 9-11; but it sure does feel good to know he no longer can take pleasure in reminiscing about the event he masterminded.

Still, we must remember a vow he made. Bin Laden stated many times that others would pick up where he left off. He made it clear another would take his place upon his death, and carry on with his misguided war against “the infidels”. He has had ten years or better to train many, many replacements. If reports are true that he has been at the compound for 6 months, unmoving, then chances are good that he had already stepped aside to allow someone else to take the lead.

We must remember Bin Laden was not in the best of health. Hiding in caves, and constantly moving about, must have taken a toll on his failing health. Facing his own death, either by enemy forces or his physical ailments, I am almost certain a terrorist of his caliber would have made certain his plans would be carried out by others. I am equally certain he would have wanted to remain alive long enough to see it falling into place.

So, while a part of me rejoices that he is gone, another part worries about who has replaced him; and what they are willing to do to prove they are worthy of replacing him on his evil throne of terror. It is with this worry that I ask all Americans, and their allies, to please be careful. Expect the unexpected. Be aware of your surroundings. Use caution when traveling abroad, or visiting popular & populated places within our boundaries. The wicked witch may be dead, but the flying monkeys survive.

To our Special 6, Military, CIA, Allies, and the President: Thank you, and God bless you all.

*Just an opinion from someone standing in the cr0ssfire.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Opinion

 

Social Disgrace Class 101

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One of my children came home from school very angry one day last week. It seems there is a child there who enjoys putting other children down because they may have freckles, are overweight, too skinny, and whatever else he can find to demean his classmates. This particular day he made my child’s friend cry because of where her mother worked. He asked all of the children where their parents worked (neglecting to tell them about his own), and when the girl stated her mom worked at a convenient store, he proceeded to laugh at her and asked her if her mother was stupid and only made five bucks an hour. My child was livid, and being very outspoken, told the boy to stop hurting the girl’s feelings. The boy shrugged, laughed again, but did return to his desk. He had his satisfaction and was done… for the moment. The girl, on the other hand, spent the day sad and somewhat ashamed of what her mother did for a living. This is elementary school folks. Early years elementary.

I understood my child’s anger. No one should be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed for having any legitimate job; especially in this economy. But I was also haunted by a nagging question in my head. Where did this child learn to make fun of people working service related jobs? Who taught him, at his single-digit age, to be harsh toward people working minimum wage jobs? Could parents’ actually be guilty of instilling social-level discrimination in their children?

After reading some of the things adults post on the web, I would definitely say that answer is yes. Young children have a very small social circle. It’s not like they are wandering the world and learning social-status cynicism in their worldly travels. They aren’t hanging out at a club, on the beach, or at a school for future Rag Mags learning to demean others for their physical characteristics. They are learning this at home.  Not all children of course. But if even one is learning this type of behavior, it is one too many.

I read most everywhere on the web. News articles, forums, social sites, blogs, and occasionally even an internet Rag Mag article or two. One thing is consistent with all of these. There are always comments made that are so cruel or insensitive I catch myself flinching from the lack of social decorum. Why? Is it a desire to shock? Are they just naturally cruel? Are they posers who feel much braver behind a keyboard where they can’t get their pixels slapped? Most importantly, are these people raising children?

I fear they are, and those children are in the classroom, playgrounds, etc. with ours. There is no way these people are insensitive, vulgar, and cruel on the net, and Rosie Sunshine when the computer is shut down. Think of all the sarcastic and demeaning things posted on the web, and I can all but guarantee they say the same things in their home. Maybe about a neighbor, a family friend, even family members, and these little ears are soaking it all in. Perhaps the child hears laughter at what is said and mistakes it for a way to be the funny kid at school. He/she could also see people with social graces leave, rather than confront the rude one, and mistake it as a way to be “the tough guy”. Whatever the reason, this behavior is being repeated at school at an early age.

In case my point is being missed, let me clarify. I am not saying children are following any of us on the web. I seriously doubt many young children have ever seen a social networking site, or have ever been remotely interested in news related websites. What I am certain of is that the same people who are insensitive and cruel online are more than likely that way in real life, and children are learning this behavior. Of course I doubt these people will change. The majority will not recognize themselves as the subject of this posting, and the few who do will have the ever-present excuses for their obnoxious behavior. Either that or they will just shrug, laugh, and go back to their desks. They have had their satisfaction and are done…for the moment.

*Just an opinion from someone standing in the cr0ssfire.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Opinion

 

HaLeigh Cummings

HaLeigh Cummings is a missing child from Palatka, FL. She was 5 years old at the time it was reported that she was missing from her home on the night of  February 9, 2009 or the early hours of February 10th, 2009.  Unfortunately, this is the only fact I can give you about the case, since LE has stated early on they do not know what crime was committed, when, where, how, or by whom.

Too many are pulling away from reporting on the case, for various reasons, so expect to see HaLeigh mentioned here occasionally just so we keep her name out there. Someone, somewhere, knows something. Please do the right thing and report what you know, no matter how inconsequential you may think it is.  Your small tidbit may be just what LE needs to link what they have (if anything) together.

Date Missing:    2/10/2009
Missing From:   Satsuma,FL County:   PUTNAM
Birth Date:    8/17/2003 Age Disappeared:    5 yrs 5 months
Race:    White
Sex: Female
Height:     3′ 00″
Weight:   039
Hair:   Blonde
Eyes:   Brown
Narrative: ***UPDATE*** The child’s age and her last known

location have been updated. A Florida AMBER Alert has been

issued for Haleigh Cummings, who was last seen in the area

of Hermit’s Cove in Satsuma, FL.

**UPDATE** Clothing description is unknown.**UPDATE** Haleigh

has a 4 inch round birth mark on the lower left side of her back and

a birthmark in front of her left ear .

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts

of this child, please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s

Office at

1-888-277-8477 or 911 *

*From the FDLE flyer http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/MCICSearch/FlyerPrintableFormat.asp?Case_Id=28474

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2011 in Opinion

 

Shocking Truth Is…Fabrication?

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A book has been written entitled “Shocking Truth Revealed” about the Haleigh Cummings’ case. If the title is correct, then the author knows the truth and can tell us exactly what happened to Haleigh, and where she is now. Except…he can’t. From the title onward the book is misleading, in my opinion. It isn’t a “shocking truth” revealed. It is a theory based on second and third hand interviews the author conducted with some family members, some LE, and some bloggers who live no where near Putnam County Florida. Frankly, many of the interviews we have been given an insight into are questionable. We have one interview with the child’s grandfather who states he “is moving to Kentucky so LE can’t f*#@ with me there”. The author asks “Why is he saying that? Why is he thinking that? Where was J__ S___ on February 9th, 2009?”

Why don’t you tell us, Mr Author? What you don’t hear is what is being said before and after that statement. Mr. Private Investigator doesn’t seem too concerned with what was being said. He laughingly offers bail money. Would he have done that if he thought this grandfather had anything to do with the man’s granddaughter being missing? A case the PI said he would solve? I am thinking this excerpt of the conversation was taken completely, and intentionally, out of context to suit the author’s purpose. In my opinion, the conversation went more like maybe a couple of gung-ho gentlemen discussing what they would do if they found whoever took the child. Maybe the grandfather said he would beat the culprit, and the PI laughingly said he would go his bail. I don’t really know because I was not permitted to hear the entire conversation. So my guess is as good as the author’s insinuations.  If someone doesn’t allow you to hear the entire conversation, then you have to question their motives.

There are many interviews from this gentleman I fear has been taken out of context.  He has stated as fact that the father of the missing child had been raping and beating the girlfriend since she was sixteen. He based this from a statement he was told a former partner of the father made. Second hand statement that may or may not have ever been made. He doesn’t even “reveal” who told him the former partner stated the allegation. Or which former partner made the statement. I would hazard a guess that the father has dated more than 3 people.  To state this as truth is very damaging to the father encased in an investigation regarding his missing daughter. To state it as truth without evidence is reckless and insincere to any “truth revelations”.

There is much more to be said about the half-truths and untruths being revealed as “shocking truth” in this book. Conspiracies by family members with help from law enforcement. Allegations made without one ounce of proof or evidence. Slams against anyone and everyone involved in this case, no matter which side of the bridge you stand on. Theories from bloggers who live halfway across the country, as does the author himself. Statements being misconstrued by differing sides of the family, as well as taking out of context statements made by LE. (Oh, by the way, Mr. Author, of course LE isn’t going to comment about some aspects of the investigation to you. They have a job to do and it doesn’t include catering to your gains.)

If any of you are planning to buy this book, I caution you to read it with a grain of salt. Don’t just read any statement in it as truth; but ask yourself what was being said or done just before the statement was made. Ask yourself where did the author get this information? Can it be substantiated? Or is it something said by someone who knows no more than we do? Or has a vendetta against the person it is being said about?

Ask yourself if this is really a “Shocking Truth Revealed”, or just another theory based on what the author has heard or read through the grapevine. If the truth has been revealed, where is Haleigh Cummings? What happened to this child?

*Just an opinion from someone standing in the Cr0ssfire.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Opinion

 
 
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