Ron Cummings responds to allegations by Crystal Sheffield that he abused Haleigh and Junior
Today, Ron Cummings’ attorney released several new photos of Haleigh along with a sharp response to Sheffield and her attorney’s charges. He said the injuries were the result of a fall Haleigh took at school. One of the time-stamped photos shows Haleigh on November 5th, the day before the accident at school, with no injuries. Another photo taken an hour and a half after Haleigh’s accident on Nov 6h show her with bruises. The same day, Haleigh’s paternal grandmother, Teresa Neves, took Haleigh to Flagler Hospital’s emergency room to have it looked at. A photo taken on November 7th by Neves show that the injury had gotten worse. Another photo taken on November 9th shows, “natural progression and continuation of her response to the injury.” Three days later Neves took the child back to the emergency room because of stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. Haleigh was treated and released and according to the attorney, no one at the hospital made mention of possible child abuse. The last photo, taken on November 14th, shows the swelling and cuts and bruises on Haleigh’s face were gone. The attorney said the allegations against his client are false. “These accusations were made recklessly, without any effort to obtain all relevant information. Instead, Crystal Sheffield and her attorney sensationalized the allegations when they appeared on various TV shows. Most importantly, the focus has been taken off the search for Haleigh by this tawdry and inexcusable publicity stunt.”
Pecazio called WJXT-TV and said the pictures Ron’s attorney released could have been taken on a different day than when they were stamped because dates can be changed in a camera. She also said “numerous” people have given sworn statements to the Dept. of Children and Families about Cummings care of the kids.
Ron’s lawyers also refuted statements attributed to Jr., Haleigh’s younger brother.
Concerning an interview with Crystal and Junior conducted in early March by Craig Rivera, the brother of Geraldo Rivera, Ron’s attorneys called it “shabby journalism” leading to reports that Jr. said a black man was in the house the night Haleigh went missing.
Here’s a portion of the Craig Rivera interview with Crystal Sheffield and Junior I found on YouTube. Sorry, but you can here whoever posted it in the background.
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Junior made his statement while being held in his mother’s arms and the attorney claims that Crystal coaxed Junior’s answers– that the child’s response was “mystification and /or passive agreement” to what he was asked. The lawyers were referring to 4 year old Junior using terms like “squeaking shoes” and “dressed in black.” They say those terms are not normal language for a 4 year old. Ron’s attorneys say they have “heard” that Crystal Sheffield received “a substantial amount of money” from the show, Geraldo at Large, the show Craig Rivera was representing.
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I saw the photos today that Ron’s attorney released and it looks just like they said– A normal progression an injury like that would take. I don’t know that much about cameras, but I suppose it would be possible to change the dates on it after the fact? Did they do that? I don’t know, but I doubt it.
I had also wondered about Junior’s statement. I believed it when it was just a “man in black” but now it’s changed to squeaky shoes and that the couch was squeaking. The portion of the interview I saw looks a lot like Crystal is coercing her son. Am I wrong?
I just can’t shake my feelings about Crystal. I don’t think she did something to her daughter but I think she is exploiting the hell out of the situation. Does this woman act like she has the education and ability to run a foundation??
And another thing that’s bothering me–Crystal has said she is afraid that someone will take Junior, too. Sooooo, why would you plaster his face all over the Geraldo Rivera show? Here’s a link to the interview on Geraldo’s site. You can see the little boy’s face plain as day.