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Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh Cummings mother, suffers 2 seizures in a 24 hour period

April 2, 2009

Crystal Sheffield, mother of Haleigh Cummings, has suffered a 2nd seizure within a 24 hour period. The first onecrystal-sheffield-21 was Monday afternoon and it caused her SUV to collide with the car in front of her.  Luckily, no one was injured and she was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center.  The second seizure occurred shortly after she was released from the hospital. Her fiance,  Chad, picked her up and the two were on their way to her Dad’s to get  their 11 month old daughter.  They were in the car at the time, and she was taken to Flagler Hospital.

According to friends, this is the first time since the opening of Haleigh Bug Foundation that Crystal has not been there.  She was forced to stay home and rest.

“It’s lonely kind of, without her cause we’re always with her, but we want her to stay home and get her rest because she needs it,” says family friend Melissa Baumgarener.

The stress of not  knowing where her daughter is for over 50 days is obviously taking a toll on her. Friends say Crystal is expected to be fine and is going to see specialists soon for help with her aftercare.

“A lot of people down here that have been here from day one have gotten sick, and have been stressed out, and it’s taken a toll on everybody,” said Baumgarener.

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At one point, Crystal Sheffield took off rather than go to a scheduled appointment to have her DNA taken. It was said that she thought you could tell if you had drugs in your system from the test.  I’m not saying these seizures were caused by drugs, but I am saying one of the causes of a seizure is overdose or withdrawal from certain drugs.

Stress, as her friends suggest, can cause a seizure in a person susceptible to them, though according to reports, Crystal has never had one before.  A high fever can cause one as well.  There are actually lots and lots of reasons a person can have a seizure–some very serious.  I hope she gets herself to a specialist soon and it can be determined exactly what is causing them.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2009 10:32 am

    I dont think Crystal is involved but I wonder where her fiance is?? If she is having seizure due to withdrawal that’s a good thing. Drugs are a crutch and she should not have that crutch. I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt but she should get off of the “I hate Ron” thing.

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 2, 2009 11:29 am

    Carol–I agree with you. I don’t really think Crystal is responsible for Haleigh’s disappearance, but I think she is hurting the case by grinding her ax with Ron. Find the child–THEN fight it out in court.

    It’s my understanding that her fiance is also her step-brother. Before I heard that I wondered about his involvement. But, he’s probably known Haleigh since she was born. Surely he wouldn’t take her.

  3. April 2, 2009 2:03 pm

    Itsamysterytome: Right on. But you know just because the step bro./boy friend has known the child doesn’t eliminate the possibility. Pedifiles lurk everywhere. I still think Misty let her friends and cousin (a known ped) in that night and once she was high she was not aware that the ped came back and took the child. I could be totally wrong. Time will tell.

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 2, 2009 2:12 pm

    I wondered that as well, but supposedly he was cleared. Police stated yesterday that they are kind of off course which is disconcerting. If it was Ron, Misty or Crystal, or some other member of the family, you would think, as amateurs they would have left clues all over the place. Makes you wonder if maybe it was an outsider.

  5. ostella permalink
    April 2, 2009 5:51 pm

    Her fiance is her step brother…?

    I need to digest that for a moment.

    I’ll be back later.

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 2, 2009 6:14 pm

    Yep, Ostella. Her fiance is her step-brother!

  7. ostella permalink
    April 2, 2009 6:54 pm

    My brain hurts. Too many jokes are fighting with each other.

  8. ostella permalink
    April 2, 2009 7:15 pm

    I really do hope she’s okay though. And I don’t think she did anything to Haleigh either…

  9. Hilde permalink
    April 2, 2009 7:51 pm

    Chrystal, I believe has nothing to do with the Disappearance of her Daughter
    She is beside herself because her Daughter is missing and hasn’t been found yet. It seems there are a lot of Issues between Crystal and Ron.
    It is at least to me understandable that Crystal is very upset with Ron, after all
    it is alleged Haleigh was taken and went missing while in the Care of Misty, Ron’s
    now Wife.
    Under the Circumstances I can understand why Crystal wants her other Child
    out of Ron and Misty’s Home, she is afraid for her little Boy, that something could also happen to him.
    I don’t think Crystal is wrong for telling on Ron, it could shed a Light on what the Circumstances were around the Household Haleigh was living
    in before she went missing.
    Myself I believe Ron and Misty are very questionable Characters and Misty knows a heck of a lot more than what she is telling.
    As always a little Child has to pay for the incompetence of the Parent or Parents who failed to protect their Child from Harm and keep her safe.
    We just can hope that Haleigh will be found alive.
    Sadly it doesn’t look too good, each Day which is going by without finding her,
    the Chances of her being found alive getting slimmer.
    I just hope this Case will have a good Ending, but I have a bad Feeling about it
    and I wouldn’t want nothing more than to be wrong about this.

  10. Hilde permalink
    April 2, 2009 7:53 pm

    Error…. I would…..not I wouldn’t

  11. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 2, 2009 8:05 pm


    I hope she’s okay, too. And I hope it is just stress that has caused her seizures–nothing more serious, and not drugs.

  12. Hilde permalink
    April 2, 2009 8:16 pm

    The Way I understand it, Crystal herself admitted she did Drugs with her than
    Husband Ronald but she did clean up her Act and Ron kept on doing Drugs.
    She left Ron.
    I am inclined to believe Crystal over Ronald. I also don’t believe Drugs are the
    Reasons for the two Seizures she had at least not illegal Drugs, maybe she is taking
    Antidepressants or some kind of Nerve Pills, under the Circumstances that would be understandable. I could be wrong,

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 2, 2009 8:19 pm


    You are always the voice of reason and I agree with you mostly. Crystal is no saint either and I think she is not nearly as naive as her attorney would like us to believe. She could have gone for custody of her children a long time ago. Ron has had them since 2005.

    Go to the post below if you have time and read some of “Genva’s” comments. She’s a member of Ron’s mother’s church and has shared a lot of information that we didn’t have before.

    I think ALL these people let little Haleigh down. The dad, the mom, and the child bride. Either someone wasn’t watching like they should have been and a stranger snatched her, or one of those three did something to her or knows who did.

    “Genva” said the area Haleigh lived in is called a “Fish Camp” a transient area with lots of drifters and migrant workers. That just sends a chill down my spine because if someone like that came in and took her, the chances of her being found are close to nil.

  14. Hilde permalink
    April 2, 2009 8:44 pm

    Thanks Mystery for that Info, I did read it.
    There is no Doubt in my Mind, the whole Family on Both Sides Crystal, Ron and
    including Misty’s Mom, they are all dysfunctional in a big Way, which that in itself isn’t a Crime.
    The Difference between these dysfunctional People and all the others all over everywhere is, a Crime has been committed and a little Girl is missing and who knows what happened to her and who done what to her.
    I do know Crystal lost Custody in 2005, I am just not so sure about what to believe
    as to the Reason she did loose Custody.
    I am also not convinced that Ron was the better Choice according to the Court, I guess he was at that time.
    I do agree like I said in my other Post, they all sadly let
    Haleigh down mostly because they seem to be very immature and irresponsible
    and weren’t ready to raise one Child, leave alone more.
    For the time being I will just follow that Case closely and see what will develop.

  15. Hope she is ok permalink
    April 2, 2009 10:47 pm

    Honestly this is something I would expect from someone who is upset/devestated that their daughter is missing. The stress has got to be overwhelming. I couldn’t even imagine, they would probably have to have me medicated just so I could function.

    Anyways Art Harris has on his latest report that Chrystals bio dad is an ex marine and retired Putnam County deputy sheriff. I find this interesting and started wondering if maybe some of his buddies that might still be on the force (or still have connections within the force) might have given a little info to Johnny and he in turn told Chrystal. Like maybe Misty and Rons stories weren’t/ aren’t adding up…. could be part of the reason why Chrystal started with her allegations. Maybe forcing the LE/media to actually start looking at Ron and Misty and Co. just a little harder.

    I keep hearing these crazy scenarios that Chrystal took Haleigh… how insane! Why would Chrystal only take one child? And would she risk Misty waking up and catching her???? And if Misty wasn’t and Chrystal knew about her being gone, wouldn’t it serve her better just to call the LE up and send them to the trailer while she sits outside waiting for them to get there. The LE would have handed those kids over to her right there and then, no need to “kidnap”. She could have gotten both of them legally and almost insuring custody would have been given to her in court.

  16. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 4, 2009 6:41 am

    Hilde–I agree that–unless it turns out that it happened just like Misty said (she went to the bathroom and came back and the child was gone) and I don’t believe her story for 1 minute, then they are all at fault here at this point–No one can be ruled out with 100% surety.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 4, 2009 6:45 am

    Hope she is ok-

    That’s a great point. What would be the purpose of Crystal taking just Haleigh and not Junior also? Can’t think of one reason.

    I hadn’t heard that about Crystal’s Dad, but that could definitely be a possibility.

  18. prevost1580 permalink
    April 4, 2009 7:16 pm

    I think Ronald is an abuser of women (pref. very,very young girls ) and of drugs. Usually the woman or in Ronalds case, very young girl is afraid of her abuser & easily bullied. While Crystal may not be an angel, I think when free legal rep. was offered,Crystal was encouraged to come out and discuss everything. I do not think this hinders looking for Haliegh. It’s just a piece of the puzzle.

    I hope that I am wrong but I do not think Haliegh is alive & two cadaver dogs touching on the dumpster was a strong lead that was missed 😦

    Ronald had to marry,Misty,quickly! for some reason? hmmmmmm?????

  19. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 4, 2009 7:28 pm

    I sadly agree with you prevost–I don’t think Haleigh is alive.

    I can see where Misty might be afraid of Ron if he is a batterer. (they are both drug abusers) but I would think 30 hours of interrogation would trump being afraid of Ron–She would likely be more afraid of investigators. I really can’t figure this girl out.

  20. Christine permalink
    April 13, 2009 12:07 pm

    I was to Florida a few years ago, flew into Tampa Bay, however we rented a car a drove around Florida, stumbled on a town called YEE Haw, scarey… The waitress not more than eighteen was missing her front tooth, the place smelt like someone had been buried underneath, and as I walked threw the door, the waitress asked me franticly if I was some missing girl that had been missing around there for a few days. This person looked a lot like Misty C, my husband and I did not even stay to order food as planned, we got out of dodge, freaked us out. Did not even realize there was people like this in Florida. Misty C. has looked to me like the cultprit from the beganing, the waitress in Yee Haw looked like she could be the same person or sister, looking for a missing girl… The whole thing was strange and made quite an impression. Here in MN, I thought I new what red necks were, here it mean someone that raises livestock, has short hair, and drinks beer, however there are some exceptions.

  21. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 13, 2009 12:21 pm

    Christine–The movie ‘Deliverance’ wasn’t entirely fictional—There are lots of folks like that and not just in the south! Hillbilly Rednecks might be a way to distinguish them from the Mn. rednecks.

  22. Not fooled by it permalink
    May 7, 2009 11:06 am

    Not only does Crystal have a child with her step brother but, said step brother has had a restraining order against him. He was not able to see his OWN children for some reason. Makes ya wonder.

    I think someone from Crystal’s side of the family is responsible. Why else would it take her 7 hours to get to Satsuma from Baker County. Why else would she want the focus off of Haleigh.

    She sets my alarm bells to ringing big time.

  23. May 7, 2009 11:14 am

    This whole bunch is so crazy I don’t even watch TV that much anymore.

  24. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 7, 2009 6:08 pm

    Not fooled by it–

    I thought Crystal’s family was involved somehow at first, but I don’t think that anymore. I’m afraid this case has gone cold and we may never know what happened to Haleigh. That means someone may get away with the murder of a child.

  25. Tammy Stoone2 permalink
    April 20, 2010 5:27 am

    Well the way I see it is she should have had the children in the first place.It would be over my dead body before someone took either of my children,but some people had rather have the drugs parties and so on.I do feel bad for them but she and her mother and ron’s mother could have all prevented this from happening.but failed to do so as for Ronald he is white guy trying to act black guess he is jealious of WHITE BUY GREG WHO IS MIXED.

  26. True permalink
    May 11, 2010 6:45 pm

    You want to know the truth check out Tim Holmseth’s reporting his site is called write into action.You know why she is having seziures

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