Miller Says Haleigh's Father Doubts Wife's Story
By Jessica Clark
Posted September 1, 2009
PUTNAM COUNTY, FL -- Misty Cummings has gone through multiple tests, trying to prove her innocence, but experts say she knows more about what happened to her missing stepdaughter than she is saying.
Misty Cummings was the last person to see Haleigh Cummings before she disappeared in February from their home. Misty's husband, Ronald Cummings, stands by her side.
He told First Coast News Monday "I don't think [Misty] has any information that will help find Haleigh."
Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch told First Coast News this week, "Ron may be saying that now."
Miller said Ronald Cummings told him, as well as Orlando-based attorney Mark NeJame, about two weeks ago that he doubted Misty's story about the night Haleigh disappeared.
Miller told First Coast News, "Ronald's statement right then was, 'The b**** has something to do with Haleigh's disappearance.'"
Misty Cummings has said she put Haleigh to bed that February night at 8:00 and then around 10:00 Misty herself went to sleep.
Miller said Ronald Cummings does not buy that story.
Miller told First Coast News, "He said, 'She had never been to sleep that night.' He said, 'The bed was still made.' He said, 'Nobody had been in the bed.'"
Misty, in an exclusive interview with First Coast News' Jessica Clark, said the bed was not made. "I was sleeping in that bed. How would it be made if someone was sleeping in the bed? I wasn't the only one sleeping in it. Me and his son. How would the bed be made if we were in the bed sleeping in it?"
Miller said Ronald Cummings also told him, "She's lying."
Miller said, NeJame asked Ronald Cummings, "Why did you marry her? [Ronald] said, his exact words were, 'You keep your friends close and your enemies closer.'"
NeJame told First Coast News he would not comment on private conversations, but he added, "Whatever Miller says, you can take it to the bank."
Misty Cummings said she had nothing to do with Haleigh's disappearance.
"They've been on me for six months. I've been the focus. They just need to move on and look for the right person," Misty Cummings said.
Ronald Cummings agreed Monday afternoon, even though detectives and private individuals say Misty holds the key to finding Haleigh.
Jessica Clark asked Ronald Cummings, "Do you feel Misty is the key to this investigation?"
Ronald responded and said, "No, I don't. I think they're barking up the wrong tree."
Ronald Cummings' attorney, Terry Shoemaker, said Ronald did have conversations with Miller. Shoemaker said Cummings has questioned everyone around him since Haleigh disappeared.
Shoemaker added that his client still stands by Misty and will continue to do so until there are "cold hard facts" to suggest he should not.
Misty Cummings and her attorney feel she passed the tests, even though the people who administered the tests said she failed them.