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21 April 2017, 08:16 | Gladys Abbott
Father of missing teen says she was brainwashed
Former teacher Tad Cummins was reportedly arrested on April 20, and the teen girl he allegedly abducted, Elizabeth Thomas, was found safe!
According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report, the pair were located at a commune in Cecilville, Calif.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) held a press conference today and answered pressing questions about where Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas have been since March 13.
Anthony Thomas, the father of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas who was at the center of a more than month-long nationwide Amber Alert, told ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that his daughter will need therapy and that her family plans to get her any help she needs.
"The student related that Cummins rambled on and on about how much he loved his wife but indicated that (Thomas) sometimes went to church with him and his wife and that (Thomas) had a troubled past", court records state. The teacher, however, acknowledged that the girl was "a really good friend and she does leave her other classes to come see him when she needs someone to calm her down", according to a school report dated January 30.
A 30-year-old male officer, initially listed as critical with life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chin and ribcage, was upgraded to serious but stable condition. Eventually Cummins surrendered himself and Thomas to the tactical unit.
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Teacher, Tad Cummins faces federal charges in the Amber Alert case involving his former student.
"The news of Elizabeth Thomas' safe return is wonderful news for our community, and now, we can begin healing as a community, school district and as families touched by the AMBER alert".
He was sacked from his teaching job after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with Thomas. Three days later the teacher was suspended.
Also that morning, Thomas was dropped off by a friend at a Shoney's restaurant in Columbia. He is now the caretaker of a forested California property, which includes a gas station, Frisbee golf course, and at least two small cabins.
Berry describes Cummins' behavior as controlling and suspicious, saying, "He talked for her a lot". "We're here for you, no matter what anytime, anyplace, anywhere", Osborne said. "Cummins denied doing anything wrong and asked his wife to forgive him". The statement said the images captured showed Cummins had altered his hair to appear darker and the girl's hair may have changed to red. At the same time, he noted, investigators from TBI, the FBI and the Maury County Sheriff's Office are on their way to Northern California to continue their investigation. "NEW: Here's the mugshot of Tad Cummins from California".
A tip Wednesday night helped authorities track down a Middle Tennessee teen missing for more than a month, and her accused abductor. Cummins has been arrested. "At that moment, I knew that it was all a lie", Cummins said.
Investigators found out that Cummins booked rooms - in his own name - at Super 8 motels in Oklahoma City and in Guymon, Oklahoma, in March.
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