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Haleigh's Father Fired for Abandoning Job

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News4Jax: Ronald Cummings was fired this week after his employer said he has not come to work since his 5-year-old daughter Haleigh disappeared from their Satsuma Home more than two months ago.

Haleigh disappeared in the early-morning hours of Feb. 10 just before Cummings came home from his job at PDM Bridge in Palatka.

PDM Bridge said they held Cummings' job open for weeks expecting to hear from him requesting a leave of absence or make some other arrangement, but they never did.

Cummings' lawyer, Greg Kimball, released a statement saying Cummings agreed to return to work on April 6.

"Ronald agreed to this date and was prepared to go into work when he was told on Friday, April 3, 2009, that the offer to return to work was being withdrawn for 'abandoning his job,'" Kimball said. "Cummings in the last two months has had to deal not only with the disappearance of his daughter Haleigh, but also false muckraking allegations by attorney Kim Picazio, representing Crystal Sheffield."

Kimball said they are consulting with a Daytona firm that specializes in labor and employment law over possible legal action over his termination.

Kimball also denies that Cummings ever threatened anyone connected with PDM Bridge.

Custody of Haleigh and her younger brother was awarded to Ronald Cummings because he had a steady job and could provide health insurance for the children -- something a Putnam County family court judge found Sheffield, their mother, could not.

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