Family Allows Look Inside Bedroom Where Haleigh Disappeared
SATSUMA, Fla. – Haleigh Cummings' great-grandmother made a short but emotional journey Friday, taking Channel 4 and other media inside the mobile home where the 5-year-old was sleeping 25 days ago before she disappeared.
Authorities believe Haleigh was abducted sometime before 3 a.m. on Feb. 10 when her father's 17-year-old girlfriend, Misty Croslin, woke up to go to the bathroom and discovered the girl was missing.
The mobile home remained in the custody of Putnam County Sheriff's Office until earlier this week while it was being processed and reprocessed for evidence. Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, still spends his nights in a tent in the neighborhood, saying he can't bring himself to go back inside while his daughter is still missing.
Haleigh was sleeping in a toddler bed in the master bedroom, yards away from where Croslin slept in a larger bed with Haleigh's younger brother, Ronald Jr.
Haleigh's shoes are still lined up by the bedroom door inside the double-wide mobile home, right next to her brother's and her dad's shoes.
Annette Sykes, Haleigh's great-grandmother, said the bedroom door was kept open at night and the television was always on.
"I can't see how they can get her in and out with the TV on," Sykes said.
Sykes pointed out the adjoining bathroom where Croslin went when she said she realized that Haleigh was gone.
"She got up, you know you get up and you're half asleep, to go to the bathroom. You don?t expect your baby to be gone," Sykes said.
Each room brought Sykes more painful memories of Haleigh and happier times. She hesitated the longest before entering Haleigh's bedroom.
"This is Haleigh's room, with all of her things. Her favorite things are over on her dresser -- makeup and fingernail polish were her favorite things," Sykes said.
She said Haleigh played in the room, but never slept there.
"Neither one of them slept in a room," Sykes said. "They wouldn't sleep in the room by themselves."
Sykes took the media inside the home hoping that whoever took Haleigh would realize it was once a happy home and would have a change of heart.
"Bring her home," Sykes said.
Anyone who has any information that could help find Haleigh is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-277-TIPS. A reward of $25,500 was available for information leading to her recovery or the conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance.
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