Talk show host Nancy Grace took the entire hour of her program Monday night and devoted it to playing nothing but the jailhouse video and audio tapes of Misty Croslin, the young woman recently arrested for drug trafficking who was the last person to see 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings the night of her disappearance just over a year ago. Nancy Grace makes no secret of the fact that she believes that not only does Misty Croslin know something about the child’s disappearance but that Misty Croslin — babysitter, girlfriend, wife, ex-wife, and alleged drug trafficker — will also soon crack under the pressure of being in jail and having years of sentencing hang over her head. Nancy Grace seems to believe that Misty Croslin will soon tell investigators where Haleigh Cummings is or divulge information that will ultimately lead to finding the child.
It can only be hoped that Nancy Grace is correct…
With obvious disdain, Nancy Grace told her audience that Misty Croslin, now in jail for trafficking in drugs, not only ‘ratted’ out her own brother, but constantly blamed Haleigh Cummings’ missing person case as the only reason she was incarcerated (why she was “set up”) and seemed about ready to trade information in exchange for getting out of jail.
In one of the clips, Misty Croslin tells Chelsea Croslin, Misty’s sister-in-law, to “get Cobra.” She said, “You know he`ll get me out. I got some information that I`ll give to him if he gets me out.”
William “Cobra” Staubs is a private investigator that has been involved in the search for Haleigh Cummings for nearly a year. Chelsea told Misty that her lawyer, Robert Fields, didn’t want Staubs getting Misty out of jail for fear that he would interrogate her and then have her re-arrested.
But what is this “information” that Misty Croslin alluded to? Or, given her manic disposition throughout the clips shown on “Nancy Grace,” was it just some desperate ruse to get out of jail for a little while? For if there was a central theme in all the footage displayed on Monday night’s program, it was Misty Croslin’s obsession with getting out of jail.
Misty Croslin has been at the forefront of the Haleigh Cummings missing person investigation since its inception due to her being the last person to see little Haleigh the night she went missing. Her story that Haleigh Cummings went missing sometime in the night, that someone must have taken her (the 5-year-old was afraid of the dark) from the bedroom where she slept on a mattress not four feet from where Misty Croslin supposedly slept, cast suspicion upon her almost immediately. But she has done nothing in the intervening months to take the eye of suspicion off herself, either, giving authorities varying accounts of the night’s events.
And then she, her brother, Hank, and Ronald Cummings, her ex-husband and father of Haleigh, were arrested in January in a drug sting, according to True Crime Report. Misty faces six counts of drug trafficking and at first was held on a $950,000 bond. It was later reduced but her lawyer, her family, and those inclined to get her out in exchange for information (William “Cobra” Staubs and bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who offered to go her bail if she gave him information leading to finding Haleigh Cummings) have yet to bail her out.
Monday evening’s “Nancy Grace” was an exercise in probing the depths of human ignorance, stupidity, depravity, and self-service. Listening to and watching Misty Croslin wallow in abject self-pity over the unfairness of her predicament was a lesson in reality-denying regression. And still, all those jailhouse tapes, footage which Putnam County law enforcement are no doubt perusing with minute care, have failed to gain any real headway into the missing person case of Haleigh Cummings.
There is always the hope that someone who knows something will indeed break and give authorities the lead they need to solve this year-old case. Watching those clips, that person just might be Misty Croslin, the one person authorities have suspected all along might know a little more about the disappearance than she has divulged.
“Nancy Grace,” HLN Television