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Federal court action involves missing child HaLeigh Cummings

Timothy Charles Holmseth is preparing a civil rights lawsuit against the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

The lawsuit is related to the disappearance of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings.

Timothy Holmseth is presently the Plaintiff in Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al. – U.S. District of Minnesota (DMN) – – – Case Number: 0:14-cv-02970-DWF-LIB.

The lawsuit presently filed in Minnesota is a 42-U.S.C.-1983 civil rights (Deprivation of Rights / Color of Law) action that also involves matters of the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping.

Defendants in the case against Putnam County officials will be named at the time of the filing. How Timothy Holmseth’s civil rights have been violated will be set forth in the statement of facts.

This photo was taken approximately one month after HaLeigh was reported missing. You will notice Harris' lap-top computer and the big smile on Crystal Sheffield's face. The group is celebrating because the next day, Staubs and Harris travel to the home of a suspected child molestor named Daniel Snodgrass. In the planned media event at the home of Snodgrass, Staubs, a licensed bondsman, revokes Snodgrass' bond and slams him on the ground while Harris films it. Harris then publishes the video on You Tube. The video creates the appearance Staubs arrested the man that 'murderd' HaLeigh Cummings. It was a criminal hoax. Staubs was later arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and charged with felony false imprisonment. The 'kidnapping' of HaLeigh Cummings was a staged event.

This photo was taken approximately one month after HaLeigh was reported missing. You will notice Harris’ lap-top computer and the big smile on Crystal Sheffield’s face. The group is celebrating because the next day, Staubs and Harris travel to the home of a suspected child molestor named Daniel Snodgrass. In the planned media event at the home of Snodgrass, Staubs, a licensed bondsman, revokes Snodgrass’ bond and slams him on the ground while Harris films it. Harris then publishes the video on You Tube. The video creates the appearance Staubs arrested the man that ‘murderd’ HaLeigh Cummings. It was a criminal hoax. Staubs was later arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony false imprisonment. The ‘kidnapping’ of HaLeigh Cummings was a staged event.

The disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings was the first of  an ill-fated mass abduction plan   

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Imagine a national outbreak of mysterious child kidnappings.

It almost happened.

In February of 2009 a five year-old from Satsuma, Florida named HaLeigh  Ann-Marie Cummings mysteriously vanished. 

But the true nightmare scenario that nearly unfolded is a story that  has gone un-told – until now.  

Children were going to vanish everywhere.

HaLeigh’s kidnapping was a flag-ship event that was actually intended to make child abductions much easier, and extremely lucrative, for experts in the field of searching for missing persons. The seemingly random abduction of the little Satsuma girl was actually a strategic operation, and had the plan  worked, children would have begun to disappear at an alarming rate.  

The kidnapping was an operation executed by career human traffickers with a strategic goal centered on setting new legal precedent in the Florida courts.

One of the operatives of Kidnapping Inc. was Art Harris, a  blogger retained by HaLeigh Cummings’ mother Crystal Sheffield. On March 11,  2009, one month after the child’s disappearance, Harris published the first  piece of propaganda. It was entitled “HaLeigh Cummings’ mom wants custody!”

The propaganda piece, which is seen below, is narrated by  Investigative Author Timothy Charles Holmseth.

Holmseth has logged more hours, and interviewed more key figures in the kidnapping than any other journalist or news reporter in the  world. Holmseth himself was interviewed by the Minneapolis FBI in 2010 after the Jacksonville FBI requested copies of his recorded interviews. 

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HaLeigh Cummings’ mom wants custody!

Haleigh Cummings’ Mom Wants Custody!

By Art Harris, (c),, all rights reserved

  • This was  the first article developed to promote the activities of Kidnapping Inc. after  HaLeigh Cummings vanished on February 10, 2009.
  • The  HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping was the flag-ship case for the operation.

In what could set a legal  precedent for missing children, The Bald Truth has learned exclusively that the  mother of five year old Haleigh Cummings aims to fight for legal custody of a  daughter abducted a month ago from her father’s home while he was at work and  his 17 year old girlfriend slept nearby.

  • The  ‘disappearance’ of HaLeigh was staged.
  • Crystal  Sheffield knew her daughter HaLeigh was alive.
  • The  primary objective of Kidnapping Inc. in the HaLeigh Cummings case was to change  legal precedent that would transform the kidnapping of children into an extremely  lucrative and sustainable industry.
  • The  setting of legal precedent would make it okay for a lawyer to file for physical  custody of a child that is ‘missing’.

In an exclusive  interview, Crystal Sheffield, 23, tells me she also wants custody of her son  and Haleigh’s little brother, a four year old she had with Ronald Cummings, 25. The boy, “Junior,” as  he’s called, reportedly told police he saw a man dressed in black snatch his  sister off her mattress in the pre-dawn darkness Feb. 10 as she slept in the  living room of their father’s trailer in Palatka, Florida.

  • The ‘man  dressed in black’ story created the appearance that a stranger was able to  enter the home and kidnap HaLeigh because her babysitter was not responsible  enough to keep her safe. This would be the basis for a lawyer to file for  change of custody in future cases (a successful kidnapping).
  • The ‘man  dressed in black’ story, which was later changed to ‘black man’ was a fake  story created by Kidnapping Inc. to implicate a black drug dealer. The cover story  was to be that Ronald Cummings ripped off a black drug dealer, resulting in his  daughter being taken and held for ransom. Candidates for the frame-up were the following  black men from the Palatka, Florida  area:
    • Gregory  Page
    • Jerome William   
    • Donnie  Spells
    • Daniel  Lookadoo
    • Crazy Al  (Capone)

“We think she’d be the  better parent, so we’ll be exploring how (Ronald Cummings) got custody in the  first place, whether it was proper. We already have one child missing from his  care, and he’s about to marry the 17 year old (Misty Croslin), who was home  babysitting her and his son,” REDACTED who has been interviewing locals by  phone and is expected to arrive in Putman   County on Thursday.

  • Crystal  Sheffield was addicted to drugs. Sometimes she could not even function. Her  true feelings for her daughter were evidenced when she could not produce one  single photograph of herself with HaLeigh to show the media.
  • Neither  parent was competent or properly caring for the children.

“From what I’ve gleaned  from investigators, news reports and interviews with local witnesses and the  mother’s family, I have grave concerns for the welfare of Haleigh’s little  brother, Junior. When I get down there Thursday, I’ll be investigating if  there’s any type move the mother needs to make to protect the last child that  remains in the father’s custody.”

  • Crystal  Sheffield was an active drug addict and was not a suitable candidate for  placement of HaLeigh’s little brother. This fact was known to every single  person that worked with Crystal Sheffield.  
  • The  objective was to have a Judge grant a change in physical custody request for  HaLeigh’s little brother, which would then transfer over to HaLeigh, and she  could be returned.
    • EXPLAINED: If this scenario would have resulted  in a change of custody, any high-conflict custody dispute would be subject to the ‘newly established legal precedent’  sought by the people that abducted HaLeigh Cummings. Under the new ‘precedent’ –  any parent in a high-conflict custody case could utilize an ‘abduction team’ to  stage the kidnapping. The ‘kidnapping’ would then be held up as  evidence to demonstrate to the court the unfitness of the custodial parent.  Based upon this, the need for a change of physical custody could be argued. Once  the change of custody is granted, the abducted child could be ‘found’ or  returned if so desired.

REDACTED is also  bringing in a crack private investigator, William Staubs, 52, a gravel-voiced  tough guy who weighs 250 pounds and goes by the nickname Cobra. He’ll be  hunting witnesses REDACTED, who may not want to tell everything to a police  officer, but may tell me things that could lead to finding Haleigh through a  private effort REDACTED

  • William  Eugene Staubs (Cobra the Bounty Hunter) was involved in HaLeigh’s fake  kidnapping. His objectives did not involve ‘searching’ for the child.
  • Staubs  originally claimed he was working for Rev. Richard Grund. Rev. Grund’s son,  Jesse Grund, was once engaged to be married to Casey Anthony, mother of slain  toddler Caylee Anthony.
      • During a strange conversation between  Timothy Charles Holmseth, Rev. Richard Grund, and William Staubs, Grund  repeatedly expressed his fear that DNA from his family was going to be stolen  and planted in the Caylee Anthony murder case.
      • During an interview, Wayanne Kruger  expressed her fear that Rev. Grund might have killed HaLeigh Cummings during an  “exorcism”. Grund is an admitted (former) worshipper of Satan. Kruger said Grund didn’t think HaLeigh was completely human because she has Turner’s syndrome, which affects her reproduction ability. She said Grund thought HaLeigh had a demon in her.
        • The  statement by Kruger, combined with the statements by Grund, create questions  about the exact whereabouts of Caylee Anthony in the hours before she  died.  It is significant that Casey  Anthony claimed her daughter was kidnapped. It is possible that when Casey Anthony told her Zenaida Gonzalez story, she was  sticking to the story she was told to give. It is possible Casey Anthony did  not murder her daughter and the not guilty verdict was proper.
  • Staubs  and others were actively planting evidence. They were trying to create the  appearance HaLeigh was dead. They were trying to create the appearance they had  located ‘suspects’ in her ‘murder’.
  • Staubs  talked about an international search firm that was being developed that would  search for missing children. He said he had been promised many more cases ‘just  like this one’.

At a press conference  Tuesday, a new reward of $35,000 was announced. Dozens of state, local and  federal law enforcement remained tight-lipped, as both parents plead for  Haleigh’s safe return.

Family members  scribbled messages in black magic marker on yellow helium filled balloons they  soon released.

“Haleigh-bug, Nana  misses you very much. Please release my Doodle,” wrote Crystal’s mother.

“Misty and Daddy got  married, just like you wanted,” wrote Haleigh’s father. “We love you.”

  • The  balloon release event was planned by Crystal Sheffield’s victim’s advocate  Wayanne Kruger. It was intended to create the appearance that HaLeigh’s family  did not know where she was or who took her.
  • Events  such as the balloon release often resulted in press coverage, which resulted in  donations flowing in to the HaLeigh Bug Foundation. The HaLeigh Bug Foundation  was a fraud and was not registered with the Florida Department of Corporations  as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization until a private citizen filed a complaint.

At the Putman County  courthouse Monday, Ronald and Misty applied for a marriage license; on Tuesday,  she was brandishing a new diamond ring for the cameras.

Croslin said that her  engagement may be misunderstood by some people, but “it’s still all about  finding Haleigh. This is what Haleigh wanted. She’s always talked about it.”

Croslin also claims  Haleigh called her “mom.” According to reports, the bizarre lovebirds could tie  the knot as early as this week. With Misty a minor, her family had to fill out  paperwork granting her the okay to marry.

On the 911 tape of  Misty’s initial call to police last month to report Haleigh missing, Ronald can  be heard cursing his new fiance in the background, and threatening to kill  whoever took her. But they’ve apparently made up.

“He’s getting married  30 days after Haleigh goes missing, that says it all,” Crystal tells me in an  exclusive interview, adding that she has postponed her plans to marry an  electrician named Chad, but will keep paying for the wedding dress she has on  layaway.

“With Haleigh missing,  getting married is the last thing on my mind. I can’t sleep. I lay down at  night, but I don’t sleep. I try to rest, but I can’t. It’s bad when your baby  is gone.”

  • The  marriage between Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin was to acquire spousal  privilege regarding the murder of an adult, which HaLeigh allegedly witnessed.

Crystal says she spent much of Tuesday in tears,  telling me how she paid a private visit to Ronald’s trailer home where Haleigh  spent her last night. Police found the back door propped open by a brick, and  Misty says she has no idea how that happened, and didn’t hear a thing.  Investigators have been running down leads and tips with the help of the FBI.

On Tuesday, Crystal surveyed the  living room of her ex-boyfriend’s trailer, the purported crime scene, as police  held TV cameras back to give her privacy; then Haleigh’s distraught mother  threw herself onto the mattress the five year old used as a bed, and burst into  tears.

Outside, friends could  hear her screaming, hysterical, inconsolable. It was a heart-breaking scene,  one told me.

Misty was with her,  pleading with Crystal  to believe her when she said she had no idea how her baby vanished, or who was  behind it. Crystal asked for a toy, or some momento of Haleigh to take with  her; it was fine with Misty, but she said she’d have to ask Ronald first. Crystal left  empty-handed.

Later, she told me  she’d cried herself out, but “it didn’t help much.”

Both Misty and Ronald  claim they passed lie detector tests, though police sources won’t confirm nor  deny it.

Victim’s advocate  Wayanne Kruger, an author who’s daughter pressed charges against a godfather  who’d molested her as a child, flew in from California  to volunteer, and donated proceeds from a book signing to help Crystal stay afloat.

  • The scene  of Crystal Sheffield and Misty Croslin sitting together in HaLeigh’s bedroom  was arranged by Art Harris, William Staubs, and Wayanne Kruger. The crying and  wailing was actually the sounds of Misty Croslin.
  • This  description of Crystal Sheffield was published to make the public believe she  had nothing to do with her daughter’s disappearance.

In the meantime,  REDACTED aims to organize a command post for volunteers and start printing  bumper stickers, pins and t shirts to raise awareness about what police are  calling an abduction.

Authorities are still  searching for Haleigh. She has blond hair and brown eyes and is 3 feet tall.

Please call the Putnam County  Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800 if you have any information regarding Haleigh  Cummings.
This entry was posted  on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 2:33 am and is filed under ART HARRIS REPORTS.

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The first line of the article laid out the mission of  Kidnapping Inc. “In what could set a  legal precedent for missing children…” Harris wrote.

The “precedent” would make a child’s disappearance grounds for a change of custody motion.

The legal argument – – – if a missing child’s custodial  parent is not able to provide a safe enough environment to prevent a  kidnapping, then a change of custody should be ordered.

Interviews by Holmseth uncovered the true facts and  circumstances surrounding HaLeigh’s abduction and the activities of Kidnapping  Inc.

Wayanne Kruger, victim’s advocate for HaLeigh’s mother Crystal Sheffield, said the operations involved operatives that coordinated  through a network across the United States and abroad.

William Staubs (Cobra), private investigator, Case Closed, Inc. provided services to Sheffield and  members of her family. During interviews with Holmseth, Staubs said he was  going to be a lead investigator for the child search firm, and had been  promised at least a dozen more cases.  

According to Staubs, the operation was going to be funded by the HaLeigh Bug Foundation. He said the business plan of the apparatus  contained a very large media component, and plans were made to secure large  amounts of office space that were going to be needed for a private television  studio.

Staubs said Holmseth disrupted the entire operation when he  began to report the truth about the missing little girl. Staubs said Holmseth  enraged the stakeholders of the business and they vowed to silence him.

Staubs named several of the individuals involved in the business plan, which included Harris, and a man from Tennessee named Levi Page.

Page is a young blogger that once appeared via Skype on the  HLN cable channel to discuss missing person cases. He also hosted a radio program on the Blogger News Network for a time.

Page telephoned Holmseth and invited him to be a guest on his radio program. When Holmseth declined the offer, the young man became irate, verbally abusive, and began shouting sexual based vulgarities. On  several occasions Page warned Holmseth he better shut up about HaLeigh Cummings  being alive.

Kruger said the trafficking operation included a man named  John Regan, Hastings, Florida. Regan dressed as a pastor, and  according to multiple witnesses, claimed he was a member of law enforcement.  Kruger said Regan claimed to be an ‘undercover pedophile’ that pretends to be a  pedophile to catch other pedophiles – for the FBI.

Rev. Richard Grund and Staubs both said John Regan bragged that he used a badge to impersonate a law enforcement officer in an airport, which is a federal crime.

Kruger described a soft porn shoot done with the missing child shortly before she disappeared. She said John Regan (the undercover pedophile)  was present and secretly recorded the transactions and activities that involved  Teresa Neves, HaLeigh’s paternal grandmother.   

The recordings were used to blackmail Neves and HaLeigh’s father into silence about HaLeigh’s abduction.

John Regan was often accompanied by his son, Jeremiah Regan.  The younger Regan is captured on audio talking to a young prostitute named  Kristina Prevatt. Jeremiah Regan is heard telling Prevatt that he is working  with the police, and claims to have the authority to offer immunity in the case. He told Prevatt he could promise her immunity if she would simply  make a written statement implicating a young girl named Misty Croslin.

Donald Knop, an employee on Crystal Sheffield’s extended  staff, said John Regan claimed to be working for the “CIA”.

Kruger said John Regan and Staubs have ‘houses’ in various  states where children are kept. She also said John Regan is a dangerous pedophile  that has raped many small boys. Kruger said she interviewed the mothers of the  small boys and provided Holmseth their names.

Kruger said John Regan was a participant of a baby-selling  operation based out of Fort Lauderdale,   Florida. She said infants and  small children were sold to purchasers in foreign countries. She said the  scheme was so elaborate they had fake medical documents, which are required to  take a person under the age of two out of the country.


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by Timothy Charles Holmseth

“Who is this little girl” the woman asked, as she gently flipped through the pages of my book, which was sitting on the counter of Fine Print Inc. in Grand Forks.

She was really just kind of talking to herself.

“HaLeigh Cummings,” see said inquisitively, turning some pages, as she read the title to herself, noting aloud with interest the child was from “Florida”.

The secretary at Fine Print, who had many chats with me during the development of the book, overheard her, and kindly sought to offer some insight.

“She’s a little girl from Florida that … she … she … well … she’s their Dru Sjodin,” she said.

I don’t remember the names of either of those two lovely ladies, but I have never forgotten that brief exchange. It reminded me of how important HaLeigh is to so many people, far away, and I felt a sense of humility at that moment that I have never been able to articulate.

Of course…there is not a heart in North Dakota or Northern Minnesota that does not still ache and stir with pain when Dru Sjodin’s name is spoken, or her photograph is seen.

Thankfully…on the justice side of that tragic story, we find our system spoke loud and clear to the value we still put on human life, and on August 30, 2006, Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. was convicted in federal court of murdering Dru Sjodin. On September 22, 2006, he was sentenced to death.

Thank the Lord that justice was served.

But I’d like to invite you to ponder a thought.

Try to imagine the public outrage that would have ensued if the Rodriquez case had been tainted, lost, or thrown out because law enforcement officers were caught engaging in misconduct.

The worst thing the public can do is turn their collective heads when police officers and government officials hijack the system, view themselves as above the law, start acting cute, and manipulate the law for their own selfish purposes.

Growing up in a small town in southern Minnesota, I recall a Faribault County criminal case where a young punk broke into an un-occupied home, stole a car from the garage, and seeking to cover all his tracks, he burned the house to the ground.

All the felony charges were subsequently dropped because the Prosecutor went on vacation and missed specific filing dates. The family stood in the proverbial, and literal, ashes, of their entire life, devastated that the guilty man was allowed to simply walk away.

I remember reading the letter to the editor the homeowner wrote to the newspaper as she talked about keepsakes and baby pictures they would never get back; she called for the Prosecutor’s resignation.

Indeed, public officials all too often develop a grossly exaggerated sense of themselves, and if it goes unchecked, it can literally become a public safety issue.

I’ll tell you why I say that.

In October, 2012 Attorney Michael LaCoursiere, public defender, 9th Minnesota District, casually told me he hoped East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad wouldn’t have Detective Sgt. Chris Olson, EGFPD, lie on the witness stand against me.

He was half smiling when he said it.

LaCoursiere talked about Sgt. Olson lying on the witness stand like some people might chat about the weather. The moment he spoke those words to me I knew something was wrong – and I was trapped in a lion’s den. He had planted a seed – knowing it would take root and grow so he could exploit it later.

I wasn’t particularly worried at the time because the State did not have a case against me and I knew it. But I guess they didn’t need one.

On the day of my scheduled jury trial, LaCoursiere used coercion and high pressure techniques to force me into accepting an Alford plea. He told me Ronald Galstad had a couple of cops that would lie on the stand if I insisted on having a jury trial.

We all knew, however, that the true issue between me and the police department was information I had uncovered about Lt. Rod Hajicek. Sgt. Olson and others while working on my book.

When I submitted an Affidavit to the Minnesota Bar Association and FBI about the threat to use perjured testimony from police, the City of East Grand Forks obtained a Search and Seizure Warrant, violently entered my home-office and took my computer. As I recall, Sgt. Olson was the first one through the door.

Nothing illegal was found on my computer, I was subsequently charged with no crime, and the City agreed to give me my property back if I withdrew my formal complaint against them. When they returned the hard-drive to me it was ruined.

Why did they want a conviction so bad?

I’ll tell you.

Police incident reports at the East Grand Forks Police Department show the police received calls about me from out of state from people I had interviewed for my book. Some of the callers, at that very time, were under active investigation by the FBI and had been questioned by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for their suspected involvement in the kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings.


Kidnapping suspects were actually calling the East Grand Forks Police up on the phone and starting relationships – some that lasted years.

Of course we always hope an event at the level of Dru Sjodin will never happen again; and God knows we would be in serious trouble if it does. The stories of incompetence and blatant corruption in East Grand Forks and Polk County are many and ongoing.

It’s hard to imagine what a skilled defense attorney could do to police officers that think and act in criminal patterns and lie with great pride.

My outrage expressed for now, I’ll leave you with a small piece of irony that occurred to me today.

Local officials went to an extraordinary amount of effort to gain access to my home-office, so they could seize my hard-drive and ruin it.

Yet, everything I wrote here came from memory, except what came out of an envelope buried in a pile of documents from long ago.

It was something I had scribbled down in pencil on a Burger King napkin in my car in 2010 after someone said something about HaLeigh I thought was important.

“She’s their Dru Sjodin”

A house in Cleveland  encompassed by yellow police tape testifies to the world that three young  girls, missing for a decade, presumed dead, were alive the whole time.

The ‘Miracle in Cleveland’ girls join  others that came  before them, such as Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart – also  found alive  long after hope seemed to be lost.

This latest story of survival has many people waking up –  and taking a long hard look at the invisible world called the ‘Underground.’

Part of that Underground is a website called is an anonymous x-rated website that appears to be operated by  someone involved in the human trafficking underground. Its primary function is  to stalk, threaten, harass, and silence witnesses in the case of the missing  child HaLeigh Cummings.

Radionewz is believed to be owned by one person and operated  by a handful of individuals at the most.     

  Maria Burgun, a witness for the FBI regarding the investigation into the misisng child HaLeigh Cummings, was recently attacked by the anonymous site for aiding law enforcement.

Burgun’s brother, Edward Boyle, says he knows who is behind the site and its days are numbered.

Edward Boyle broke the defenses of and aquired valuable information for law enforcement. Boyle’s sister is a witness in a missing person case and was attacked by the website that aids sex traffickers.





H A L E I G H   Edward Boyle

One of the more interesting dynamics of the Radionewz  webpage can be found on its banner where a man named Levi Page boldly announces  his name – arrogantly connecting himself to the Site.  

Levi Page telephoned me several times in the course of my  journalistic work on the HaLeigh Cummings case. Sometimes he used his own voice, and at other times I suspected it was him using a voice changer.

During one call Page asked me an  entire series of questions that sounded like they had been prepared in advance for him for him by  a lawyer. The questions were about sex. He was asking me if I wanted to have  sex with a certain person he kept naming. He was attempting to record me -I didn’t bite.

He then warned me I better be “very careful.”

During one call Page advised me the missing child HaLeigh Cummings is dead and  advised I  better “shut the fuck up!”


The recording of Page is causing great concern and is seen by many as a public safety issue. “What if somebody had made a call like that to someone, and insisted that brave little Ohio girl was dead?” one reader asked.

The ‘Miracle in Cleveland’ is placing a white hot spot light  on people like Levi Page, his associates, and underground websites like Radionewz that are used to contact and intimidate witnesses.

Boyle said “that little punk” Levi Page needs to be questioned by law enforcemt.

Likewise – because of recent messaging and alerts sent to sex traffickers by Radionewz, the public is hoping the FBI will investigate the site.