Father of Missing Haleigh Cummings Weds, Slams Media Focus

The father of missing Florida girl Haleigh Cummings claimed he doesn't want the media to focus on his personal life — a day after getting married and flying to New York to appear on national TV.

Ronald Cummings, 25, and his new bride, 17-year-old Misty Croslin, appeared on NBC's "Today Show" Friday morning. They got married Thursday in Putnam County, Fla. then flew to New York.

Cummings said he didn't know what his personal life had to do with national television, and stressed that the media needs to get his daughter's face out there.

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Haleigh vanished Feb. 9 from her father's mobile home, just outside the community of Satsuma. The 5-year-old was being watched by Misty Croslin.

When asked if she thought police considered her a possible suspect, Croslin said no. Cummings immediately agreed, saying a detective told him she wasn't.

About 100 deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and nearby law enforcement agencies began searching a new area for the girl Thursday along U.S. 17, examining the area 30 yards from each side.

Sheriff's Capt. Dick Schauland said there is no new information — just more ground to cover.

Police deny the new search is linked to any new tips.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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