TRANSCRIPT: FOX News' Interview With Mother of Missing Florida Girl

GERALDO RIVERA : When Ron Cummings is seen on television, most often, he is crying or in mourning or other conduct appropriate to a father whose daughter has gone missing. But the family on the mother’s side tells a much different story and a much different image emerges of Ron Cummings. Crystal, is not a fact that he was abusive to you?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : Yes he was. He — when I first got pregnant with Haleigh, he punched me in the back of the head and before then, he was verbal. I mean he was just very abusive.

GERALDO RIVERA : What did he call you?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : Stupid [BLEEPED] You stupid [BLEEDPED] You [BLEEPED]. I mean you name it, he said it.

GERALDO RIVERA : Describe when he punched you when you were pregnant.

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : We were living in Leesburg at his mother’s house. And I had just found out I was pregnant. We were both doing cocaine and I stopped and I walked in the bedroom and he was doing it.

And I was like, you know, how are you gone do this in front of me after I just found out I was pregnant and I just stopped? And he got very pissed off and I had my — I was facing — I had my back turned to him. He punched me in the head and then I turned around and he kicked me off the bed.

GERALDO RIVERA : And he knew you were pregnant when he kicked you?

CRYSTALSHEFFIELD : Yes he did. He knew.

GERALDO RIVERA : And was he abusive, basically, throughout your relationship?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : The whole time. I mean his mother knew, his granny knew. His granny even told me once, um, I don’t know why you’re with him.

GERALDO RIVERA : Why did you stay with him?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : Because I was scared to leave.

GERALDO RIVERA : Are you frightened of him even today?



CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : Just because of all the things he’s done to me.

GERALDO RIVERA : Are you frightened that he’ll come after you?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : Sometimes I am. I mean he’s called and wanted me to come back several times and I have went back a couple times just to be with my kid and he was still the same and I left. It hurt to leave em but I’m not gonna put myself through that.

GERALDO RIVERA : Do you believe his story about what happened?

CRYSTALSHEFFIELD : No, I don’t. I mean I know he loves Haleigh and — [PAUSES] — his temper, I mean it could get bad enough for him to hurt Haleigh. But I do know he loves Haleigh. Haleigh is his heart and everybody knows that.

GERALDO RIVERA : Has he ever hit Haleigh?

CRYSTALSHEFFIELD : Um, my cousin, Candice, told me when we got down here for this incident, that, um, he come to her house — it was Ronald, Haleigh, Junior and Misty. And Haleigh bumped into him or smarted off to him and she said he just backhanded her. And she fell flat on her face on the porch.

GERALDO RIVERA : Marie, you have a picture of Haleigh.


GERALDO RIVERA : Do you want me to see it?

MARIE GRIFFIS : Yes. You get it.

GERALDO RIVERA : Alright this is a picture, a disturbing picture, that shows Haleigh with an obvious black eye, a cut on her nose and the — a bruise that goes from the top of her left eye all the way down to the left side of her cheek.

Now I understand the school records indicate that she had an accident at school. Are these injuries the result of that accident?

MARIE GRIFFIS : Uh, that’s what we were told, that she fell at school and — or who was pushed at school by — by another child and that she fell catching the sidewalk and that was the results of it. But if you fall on the sidewalk, why didn’t her hands get skint, her knees get skint?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : [OVERLAP] The nurse said that all she had was a scratch on her nose.

GERALDO RIVERA : So you — you — do you believe that Ron Cummings hit this child?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : I don’t know if he hit her or if she fell down or any other incident happened. But that did not happen at school. The nurse said she had a scratch on her nose.

GERALDO RIVERA : And you have witnesses that he has hit this child?



GERALDO RIVERA : Do you believe that Ron Cummings knows who took Haleigh?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : Yes. I mean he’s told my brother and my fiancé that he knows — he’s 75 percent sure he knows where his daughter is. He said on TV that he had no enemies.

GERALDO RIVERA : Is that true?

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD : No. He’s got plenty of enemies.

CRYSTAL SHEFFIELD: I know when he's really crying, that is fake