Friday, on the Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, Geraldo Rivera, when discussing missing Haleigh Cummings, prefaced a comment with, “What typically happens in these missing white girl cases…”. No one appeared offended nor did they question why he phrased the comment that way. After all she is a missing child regardless of her race or gender and are all missing white girl cases somehow the same? If he had been commenting on missing Adji Desir and said, “missing black boy” there may have been an uproar equal to that of the recent NY Post cartoon.
Later, Geraldo was in Florida to interview her father Ronald Cummings concerning allegations he struck her in the past.
In a contentious, exclusive interview outside his Florida home, Ronald Cummings, the father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, blasted new abuse allegations and told FOX News “never, ever have I ever hit my child.”
“Me and my child have an agreement. Daddy, daughter. She has been spanked on her behind the way DCF says that you can take care of disciplining your children,” Cummings told FOX News’ Geraldo Rivera.
Cummings also condemned new allegations that he hit Haleigh’s mom Crystal while she was pregnant, saying friends and family members making the accusations are ‘absolutely lying’ and threatening criminal charges against them.
Responding to sources that told Rivera Cummings had told them he was 75 percent sure who kidnapped Haleigh, the missing girl’s father said, “There is no way — I do not know who took Haleigh. If I had — if I had, uh, five percent of where Haleigh was at, I would be there now and not here.”
Are his comments racist, reckless or just Rivera?
A link to a rush transcriptof “Geraldo At Large,” from February 21, 2009.
Update 02-23-09:SATSUMA, FL —
Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera could see jail time in Putnam County if he crosses the line again.
The owners of the property where Ronald Cummings lives filed a trespassing warning against Rivera following an interview Saturday night that turned heated.
Update 03-19-09: Haleigh’s father hires attorney in wake of abuse allegations
Haleigh Cumming’s father has retained an attorney, after the mother of his two children and her attorney accused him of being abusive on national television.
The Palatka-based law firm Kimball and Snider, P.A. released a statement this afternoon saying it will be representing Ronald Cummings, 25, on a pro bono basis. The firm will coordinate Cummings’ public appearances and will also represent Cummings in a possible custody battle over Haleigh’s younger brother, Ronald Cummings Jr., 4, between Cummings and the children’s mother, Crystal Sheffield, 23.
“The mother was previously denied custody in court and allegations of abuse against Ronald were judicially dismissed,” the firm said in the statement, adding that Cummings considered the abuse allegations a “cheap shot and publicity stunt that detracts from the search for Haleigh.”
The firm will not be representing Cummings’ 17-year-old wife, Misty Croslin. Croslin was the last person to see Haleigh, who disappeared from the home Croslin shared with Cummings and his children late Feb. 9 or early Feb. 10. She and Cummings married on March 12.
On the Bill O’Reilly show, Geraldo provided this tease for his show Geraldo at Large to air on Saturday March 28th at 10:00 p.m. EST. He continued his verbal assault on Ron Cummings, missing Haleigh Cummings father, calling him “scum” and offered an update on Casey Anthony referring to her as a “22-year-old slut”.