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Haleigh Cummings' father defends girlfriend

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SATSUMA, FL (WFLX) - The search for 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings continues, and people are now pointing fingers as the search now heads into its fourth day.

UPDATE, FRI 10:45 AM: Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father, defends, "I have the allegations against my girl cleared up. She had nothing to do with this; I had nothing to do with this."

Haleigh dissapeared early Tuesday morning from her home in a rural area north of Jacksonville. Police say she was snatched from her bed in the middle of the night while sleeping with a sibling and her father's 17-year-old girlfriend, Mysty Croslin.

Some in the community have pointed fingers at Croslyn, and other relatives who've already taken lie detector tests to prove their innocence.

Meanwhile, A Texas company known for missing person searches arrived on the scene to complement the dozens of local and state agencies combing thru the rural areas around Haleigh's home.

Tim Miller, Equu Search, said, "I know that there's big wooded area that they want to search first, and a lot of water areas. So, we're actually bringing in three sets of sonar equipment."

Also helping them, George Anthony, the grandfather of Caylee Anthony. Anthony says he's been reaching out to members of the media who covered the Caylee case to make sure that Haleigh's disappearance gets enough coverage.

UPDATE, FRI 8:30 AM: A teenager is disputing reports that she was sleeping beside a 5-year-old girl who vanished from her north Florida home.

Haleigh Cummings was last seen Monday night in her father's mobile home in a heavily wooded area north of Satsuma, about 70 miles north of Orlando. She was reported missing when her 25-year-old father returned home from work early Tuesday.

According to initial reports, the father's 17-year-old girlfriend, Misty Croslin, had been sleeping next to the girl. Croslin told reporters Thursday that she had been sleeping beside Haleigh's younger brother.

Croslin said Haleigh was in her own bed when the 17-year-old went to sleep. When Croslin awoke hours later, the teen said Haleigh "was gone."

Investigators are calling Haleigh's disappearance an abduction.

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By John Bachman email

Previously: It's been almost 48 hours since a 5-year-old girl was snatched from her bed; authorities now believe she was snatched.

Little Haleigh Cummings is nowhere to be found. Her family is grief-stricken, the community is rallying, and detectives are working overtime. You get the feeling that with every passing minute that things get more desperate out here.

There is also a lot of attention on this case and also at the command center with local and nation media covering this story. Everyone's working together trying get as much information out as possible.

But, sadly, Putnam County sheriff's investigators are become more sure that this was an abduction.

The candles are burning in hopes that the little girl will eventually be brought home safe; however, the hours keep passing.

Even with plenty of prayer, perhaps all over the world, Wednesday night, there is still no sign of the little Haleigh Cummings.

Family members and friends are clinging to hope, but perhaps fearing the worst out come.

Haleigh's father, 25-year-old Ronald Cummings makes his emotion plea for the child's safe return. He, like many other people, close to the child are being questioned by investigators.

Ronald Cummings' 17-year-old girlfriend was the last person to see Haleigh alive. She told police she noticed the child was missing when she got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

Detectives say there was no sign of forced entry and the back door to Cummings mobile home held open by a brick.

Investigators say Haleigh's father, his girlfriend and the child's mother are all cooperating with the investigation.

Local sheriff's deputies and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are also getting help from the FBI. While most of this disappearance remains a mystery Wednesday night, one thing is crystal clear, everyone wants 5-year-old Haleigh home safe.

"It's just terrifying not knowing where she's at, what's happened to her, and she's terrified, and I can feel her she's screaming. Somebody's got her, and they got her hidden. I just want my daughter back that's it. That's all I want," said her father.

Investigators say they do not have any suspects, but, at the same time, they have not ruled anyone out.

Each person who is interviewed has the chance to take a lie detection test that includes dozens of sex offenders who live nearby.

The important thing is to try and get as much information out there as possible hope someone sees something and this little girl comes home safe.

But as time passes, hope becomes a little harder to hold onto.

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