Attorney for Tad Cummins’ family releases statement after former teacher’s arrest
But it took almost 40 days and a nationwide search for Thomas and her former science teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins.
Mental health experts specializing in trauma are evaluating and treating Elizabeth, Whatley said.
Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday rescued Thomas and arrested Cummins, a former teacher at her school in Maury County, Tennessee, from a cabin near Yreka.
Barry, 29, said he called 911 after he ran into the pair at a gas station in Cecilville, Calif., and they told him they needed money for gas and food as well as a place to stay. She’s 15 years old; she’s a young girl that’s with a grown man that’s 50 years old.
“He was always dominating the conversation”.
“I would say [Thomas was] more emotional about the situation”. When Cummins went outside, investigators were there to arrest him, O’Hare said.
Deputies in Siskiyou County located a 2015 silver Nissan Rougue at the cabin that matched the description of the auto Cummins was driving, according to the sheriff’s office. Cummins was arrested Thursday after a tip led police to the cabin in Cecilville, California.
“These two had a relationship to the extent where she didn’t exhibit any anger toward him”. The Tennessee attorney said that the teen was severe traumatized emotionally, but is in the process of an evaluation and treatment. “We had a house fire and lost everything.’ He said he used to be a raft outfitter, or something like that”, Barry told CNN.
He described her condition as alternating between “stoic” and “emotional”, understandable given the circumstances, he said. She said they can all finally sleep again.
He also said Cummins did all the talking and said they had been at the Black Bear Ranch commune, but left because they didn’t like it.
The Associated Press is not naming the girl or her family members because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime.
Authorities from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department confirmed their location early Thursday morning.
In the meantime, a teacher at the girl’s high school, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, faces state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor as well as a federal charge of taking a minor across state lines to have sex. His arraignment will start on Friday, where he is expected to face local and federal charges.
While the school’s internal investigation alludes to a discussion in which Cummins and Elizabeth were “instructed to have no contact”, it’s unclear whether a counselor, a trusted adult, tried to engage the girl about the nature of her contact with Cummins. A day after they disappeared, Cummins was sacked from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School, where Elizabeth had been a student in his forensics class. Authorities credited citizens and the media for their involvement in helping to locate the teen.
But instead of going to the beach, police say he picked up the student in Columbia, Tennessee, in his wife’s silver Nissan Rogue on the morning of March 13, triggering a six-week police manhunt.
In the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s criminal complaint for the new charge, it states that Cummins bought Cialis and KY jelly before booking a hotel for the two of them.
After Thomas’ father filed a missing-child report and told investigators he feared his daughter was with Cummins, detectives subpoenaed Cummins’ financial records and learned that Cummins had taken out a $4,500 loan against his auto. He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. The two disappeared a few weeks after a student reported seeing Cummins and Elizabeth kissing in a classroom. Columbia is about 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of Nashville.