Tennessee Amber Alert: Kidnapped teen back with family, lawyers say

Posted April 24, 2017

Detectives interview Elizabeth Thomas, who admits that she was in Cummins's classroom on January 23 but denies a kiss took place. "We were getting really weird vibes from them, they weren't integrating with the group, they were going off by themselves, they were asking for their own cabin, but we were like, 'no it's too soon, '" she added.

Hotel companies alerted authorities that the two had checked into motels in Oklahoma City and Guymon, Oklahoma, but they were gone by the time police got the tips, the complaint says. "I do love him, but I don't trust him anymore".

The FBI transported Cummins to the Sacramento County Main Jail on Friday night, and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of California said he would make an appearance in the federal courthouse on Monday.

"That is an issue that we have some major concerns of because it might potentially speak to his intentions for her", Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said March 22.

The father of a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was found in northern California with a teacher after being missing for more than a month says he thinks his daughter was brainwashed.

The exact path that Cummins and his student took from Tennessee to California isn't clear, but the teacher's next trip is: At some point, he'll be extradited to the Volunteer State to face charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, among other counts.

Her father said that even physically, she has at least temporarily changed.

March 13: A friend of Thomas's drops her off at Shoney's restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee, at approximately 8 a.m. "We have mental health people that are engaged actively in this case that are going to be working with her for her best interests. Her mood was very alternating", he said. "He's like, 'This is my last $10". But he said he eventually became suspicious, noting that Cummins was driving a Nissan Rogue without any license plates and that his female companion spoke little, he told KRCR.

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Not immediately realizing that he was talking to a wanted fugitive and the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert, Barry says he took pity on the supposedly down-on-his-luck man and his "wife", giving him $40 in cash and buying $15 worth of gas. Cummins was arrested without incident and booked into a California jail. He called police Wednesday night, KRCR reported, and authorities asked the caretaker to help them capture the teacher.

Then came the call about Cummins's vehicle. Siskiyou County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gilley said. The charge carries a minimum of 10 years.

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.

But Anthony Thomas told ABC News that his 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, has now had experiences that may have changed her. "The two obviously have a relationship. her response to us and to law enforcement escalated up and down".

That determination remains to be seen.

"There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning".

"We are extremely thankful the hard work of all partners in this search has paid off".

Elizabeth Thomas returned to Tennessee on Friday and is now in a "safe location with family and friends where she is comfortable and resting", said Jason Whatley, who is representing the Thomas family.