Misty and Tommy Croslin’s mother talks

I found this interview with Lisa Croslin, mother of Misty and Tommy Croslin and onetime step-grandmother of Haleigh Cummings. Lisa and her husband Hank were jailed on drug charges (unrelated to their children’s drug case) and Hank is still in jail, but Lisa has been released and is now living in an undisclosed location. Lisa’s statements, and Lisa herself, are only tangentially connected to Haleigh’s case, but I think they’re worth looking at anyway. This is apparently the first time she’s spoken to the media, and it’s only on the Blogger News Network, not on, say, Nancy Grace’s show.

In fact, Lisa seems to have joined the legion of Nancy Grace haters, saying Nancy unfairly targeted her kids: “Nancy Grace opens her mouth before she gets evidence and continually drags us to the ground.” I agree with that statement in principle, but as I am not blinded by mother-love, it seems highly unlikely to me that the younger Croslins are innocent of involvement (or at least guilty knowledge) in Haleigh’s disappearance.

Lisa says she has been unable to visit her husband or either of her children, she has no documents and she can’t even leave the county until her fines are paid. She says she was released from jail with nothing, not even any street clothes, which I can believe. She also thinks 15 years for non-violent drug offenses (that’s what Tommy got, and what Misty will probably get) is unfair when you can get that, or less, for killing someone. I would agree with that.

This editorial says Lisa and Hank aren’t drug dealers and were arrested because they were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” That Hank, at least, is or was a user is a fact; he has said so himself. But a lot of people, including me, have used drugs, and that doesn’t make them bad people.

Lisa says wants to get out of her former life and the drug culture, but she needs help in order to succeed. Not knowing much about Lisa’s background and her skills (employment history, education, etc), I won’t comment on that other than to say I think people who’ve been in trouble with the law and genuinely wish to clean their act up should be given assistance.

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7 thoughts on “Misty and Tommy Croslin’s mother talks

  1. Kat August 21, 2010 / 1:49 am

    I don’t even know what to say after these last few posts. Really. I’m never at a loss for words, but now I am. There is so much wrong with these people I can’t begin to dissect it, nor do I want to. I just…ok, destiny out.

    • Meaghan August 21, 2010 / 2:06 am

      I’m sure Jerry Springer wouldn’t mind having them on his show.

  2. Kevin August 21, 2010 / 4:09 am

    Misty’s mom looks like she took Crack & Meth 101 instead of regular classes. Seriously, when I heard she was only in her 40’s I thought she must be joking. I swear she looks 71 or 72, older than even her own mother. They should put this whole family up for a documentary that will be shown to kids in grade school on what not to do in life, mainly smoking crack and breeding within the family. Misty’s brother could be the poster boy for a “this is what happens when your parents are also brother and sister” public service ads. On the topic, the mother should realize that maybe if her daughter wasn’t impeding the investigation they would have been a little bit more lenient on the sentence.

  3. Princess Shantae August 21, 2010 / 12:59 pm

    She’s a sight. Like an worn out beat up old hag. She looks like your typical life long meth user and dealer. The really bad thing about meth is it does permenent stuff to yoru brain so even if you quit using it you still have the mean temper and the nastyness. And especially if they are dealing the stuff they will do anything to anybody.

  4. danielle August 21, 2010 / 3:59 pm

    The mom, Lisa, is most likely, in denial. Misty is young and uneducated but thinks she is smarter than everyone else. Parents can love their children but still say no and teach kids how to live a decent life. Misty and Tommy have never been taught how to live in society. I’m hoping for answers, but with Lisa agreeing with Misty how no one is fair to them, they won’t ever really help.

  5. marycarney August 21, 2010 / 4:23 pm

    That’s such a textbook example of the culture of perpetual victimhood – somehow this is all someone else’s fault.

  6. Princess Shantae August 21, 2010 / 10:54 pm

    You know what is realy sad and also very scarey? If all this stuff hadn’t happened, and Haleigh didn’t go missing, what would she be like 15 or 20 years down the line? If some miracle didn’t happen and she just went on living with the same crappy family, well, years later she might just be in the same kind of situation Misty is in right now. Apples not falling far from trees and all.

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