Published: Aug 17, 2010 5:35 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 2:35 PM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - The woman at home with a Florida girl the night she went missing has reportedly told investigators she heard Haleigh Cummings being attacked before she vanished.

Misty Croslin's attorney Robert Fields said Tuesday that the 18-year-old told investigators the attack came after a cousin came to the Satsuma mobile home looking for a gun belonging to Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings.

Fields said "Haleigh was a substitute" for the missing gun.

Neither Fields nor the Putnam County Sheriff's Office immediately returned phone messages or e-mails from The Associated Press.

The sheriff's office has questioned Croslin's credibility, saying investigators don't believe 5-year-old Haleigh was abducted by a stranger in February 2009.