Haleigh Cummings' 8th Birthday Today, Mother Crystal Sheffield to Release Balloons
1:00 PM, Aug 17, 2011
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. --Today is the day Ronald Cummings and Crystal Sheffield planned to be celebrating their daughter's eighth birthday.
Instead, Sheffield will be on Reid Street in Palatka for a balloon release in honor of Haleigh Cummings, her daughter who remains the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert and who hasn't been seen since February 2009.
Sheffield said she will release the balloons at 2:16 p.m. at the mini-storage facility at 1400 Reid St.
Haleigh, Sheffield said, was born at 2:16 a.m. on this day in 2003.
Haleigh Cummings went to bed in her home as her father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, was watching her. She was not there the following morning.
Investigators have told the family they believe Haleigh is most likely dead, but Sheffield has maintained that her daughter is alive. The reward for information leading to Haleigh is over $30,000.
Croslin and Ronald Cummings are both in jail on drug charges. The search for Haleigh intensified most recently in April 2010, but turned up no new evidence.
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