New Haleigh Cummings video as interest and coverage diminishes
Investigators are still following up on what is now more than 2100 tips. The sheriff’s office has abandoned the ground searches for the little girl, but volunteers are continuing to search around her father’s home.
Haleigh’s family still harbors hope that she will return to them alive.
“I’m staying here until my baby comes home, I’m not leaving,” said Haleigh’s mother, Crystal Sheffield.
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It’s a sort of catch-22 isn’t it? This family is behaving with dignity (except for the blip with Geraldo, brought on by Geraldo, carried out by Geraldo, and ended by Ron Cummings when he banned him from the premises for trying to sensationalize the story. (which ironically put them squarely front and center for a few days)
It’s admirable that this family insists this be about Haleigh, and that they will not allow it to become about them. That’s the way it should be. All disagreements and innuendos should be set aside for their mutual goal–finding Haleigh.
What is so sad to me is that without the drama of a ‘Casey Anthony style’ case, the news coverage, with no breaking clues, is dwindling. You can’t really blame the media for that. They can’t continue to repeat the same thing day in and day out. There’s only so many ways to say this child is missing and there are no leads.
This is the dilemma that Adji Desir’s family has also faced. People that attract (and swarm to) cameras— like Geraldo, Nancy Grace, Leonard Padilla, and “PR” people like Todd Black aka Gil Cabot, Michelle Bart, Kidfinder’s, etc. only bring their circus to town if they know they have an audience. There is no audience if there’s nothing to report–and an audience is key if you want to attract the above limelight hogs.
Does the circus find more missing children than police investigators? Of course not. They probably hinder the police investigation in the long run. But what they CAN do is keep the story out there in front of the world–and that attracts a lot of good along with the bad: high powered attorneys, scientists, legitimate charitable organizations, volunteer groups etc. etc. that a family like Haleigh’s or Adji’s could never afford or attract on their own. (No, I don’t mean the likes of Jose Baez and his crew when I say good-they’re part of the circus.) Isn’t it a shame that you have to do something so heinous as Casey Anthony did and behave as outrageously as the Anthony family to attract the attention of the world? Just a sign of the times?
I think I must be becoming a hardcore cynic. I can remember a time when doing the right thing was duly rewarded–always. It doesn’t seem that way to me anymore. In fact, it seems like it is just the opposite. When did the world we live in change so drastically? It’s a mystery to me………..