Crystal Sheffield, the biological mother of missing Haleigh Cummings has hired an attorney.
She was interviewed on Nancy grace’s show recently. Heres the transcript.
Nancy Grace: Ms. Picazio, everyone, Kim Picazio is joining us today for her first TV interview. She’s joining us out of Plantation, Florida and she has been hired by Haleigh’s biological mother, Crystal Sheffield. Now Ms. Picazio, how long has your client not had physical custody of little Haleigh?
Kim Picazio: It’s been for several years and it was — actually we just found out today that the modification proceeding I don’t believe was ever filed. I need to speak with that attorney that was retained by Ms. Sheffield to file that proceeding and I have to defer to the court documents on that which I am in the process of obtaining. Again, there are grave concerns with regard to Junior and with regard to the household that Haleigh would be potentially returned to. There have of course been allegations but again, if you can imagine…
Nancy Grace: Allegations of what?
Kim Picazio: Allegations with regard to what was actually going on in that home prior to Haleigh disappearing and on that night. I mean we’ve got a situation where we have a four-year-old child in the home with a home that’s actually, the seven-year-old, I’m sorry; the five-year-old child had disappeared right under the nose of the baby sitter. But then we learn is a teenage baby sitter who is also living with the father in a romantic relationship. This is not the first time that he has chosen a teenager to fall in love with and to live with.
Nancy Grace: Are you suggesting abuse on little Haleigh?
Kim Picazio: I’m not suggesting that as of yet and we have not…
Nancy Grace: I’m glad to hear it.
Kim Picazio: We have not uncovered anything as of yet and I’d like to do my own investigation. Authorities are looking into every single avenue. But I have grave concerns again about the ability and the fitness of the parent who is going to consistently choose teenagers to watch their children.
Nancy Grace: Well, a couple of points Ms. Picazio and believe me, I know you are a well-respected member of the bar. But I find it ironic that now is the time when the bio mom arranges all of her media requests that she suddenly decides that Haleigh had been in a bad environment. She’s certainly known all along whom the father is dating and according to the judge in your client’s custody case, the mother, your client, did not have a job. The father did. Haleigh missed a total that we know of, 12 doctor’s appointments while living with the mother. Now maybe there’s an explanation for that, but I know the child has Turner’s syndrome and the mother not only didn’t have a job, but didn’t take the child to the doctor. It’s not like she was working all day and couldn’t make time to take the child to the doctor. I don’t understand that.
Kim Picazio: Well, there’s also, we have to look into the father’s history of taking the child to the doctor. Haleigh was never a child who was well. She had chronic pneumonia and bronchial problems and the father would often leave the children to a teenager who he was living with to drive this child to the doctor on a regular basis.
Nancy Grace: Why do you speak of Haleigh in the past tense? I notice that you said she always was a child with a lot of physical problems.
Kim Picazio: Because she doesn’t have those physical problems anymore.
Nancy Grace: OK, with me everyone, Kim Picazio, attorney newly hired, attorney newly retained for Haleigh’s biological mother.
Nancy Grace airs on HLN nightly at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm Central Time.