Elizabeth Thomas' Father Explains Tad Cummins 'Brainwashed' His Daughter

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. It wasn't until over a month later that a cabin caretaker in Cecilville, California, reported to the TBI tip line that two people he suspected to be Cummins and Thomas had checked into his property.

"You know he talked for her a lot".

"We are all stoked she was found", O'Hare said.

"Subsequent investigation revealed that Cummins had no scheduled interview", the complaint says. He denies it and admits Thomas goes to church with him and his wife sometimes, proclaims his love for his wife.

Elizabeth Thomas' family attorney: "What a great day to be an American".

The lawyer said there is no doubt the girl suffered severe emotional trauma and the process of recovery is only beginning.

Paula Boand said her prayers were answered when she found out Thomas was safe.

Reports suggest that the teachers and students in Elizabeth's school were gossiping about Elizabeth and Mr. Cummins - and fact, it was a student who first went to the administration to report that she'd seen the two kissing.

That means to prove a kidnapping took place, prosecutors will have to show Elizabeth was unlawfully removed or had her freedom restricted.

"Elizabeth is a little child", Whatley said.

Whatley said in the statement the primary photo used in the Amber Alert isn't an accurate reflection of Thomas' appearance. She could easily pass for 12.

Whatley continued, "This was the abduction of an impressionable, little child".

Elizabeth, 15, and her 50-year-old teacher, Tad Cummins, disappeared on March 13 and were the subject of an ongoing AMBER Alert for more than five weeks.

"This was hard under any circumstances, but knowing that our citizens not just in Maury County and in Tennessee, southern Middle Tennessee, but across the country".

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said Thomas was alternately "laughing, crying and acting stoic". She did not contact law enforcement.

Cummins is being held without bond. In Lawrence County, Tennessee, Cummins faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, said Attorney General Brent Cooper. He is facing an additional federal charge and more charges in California.

Childhood friend Caleb Banks described the moment he and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas' family found out she was found safe.

Speaking Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America", the father said his daughter will need therapy and that her family will be patient with her and get her the help she needs. "Her mood was very alternating", he said. 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. "We just want Mary Catherine home".

As of this writing, it is not clear how Cummins' and Thomas' location was made known to investigators.

Elizabeth Thomas has nine siblings.

"This is not somewhere they had frequently visited", her attorney said.

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