Ronald Cummings was in court today – not to talk about his missing daughter, Haleigh, but instead to answer to charges of selling illegal drugs. He was sentenced to 15 years with the agreement to testify against his live-in-girlfriend, Misty Crosslin, whom he married and divorced in the months after Haleigh’s disappearance.
The longer this case drags on, and the fact that the focus has moved from Haleigh to the crazy family (or, I suppose, I should say families since members of both Cummings and Crosslins families are involved). And while Haleigh’s father denies involvement…a lot of us are not quite ready to dismiss Ronald as a completely sympathetic figure who had no involvement whatsoever. After all, Misty was only 16 when she moved in with Ronald. In Tennessee, 16 is still young enough to be charged.
Again, I’m not sure what Misty’s involvement is…but I’m not ready to build the gallows for this young stepmother. After all, at her young age she was left in charge of two kids, one of them a special needs child. And his little temper tantrum when he called 911 (remember…”the police better find who took my daughter before I do because I will kill them’) recalled to my mind the image of Susan Smith and her crocodile tears.
Cummings could have faced 70 years but took a greatly reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against Misty.It’s been over a year since little Haleigh disappeared. Surely if Ronald Cummings knows anything about the disappearance of his precious daughter, he would have already told police.