Elizabeth Thomas’ lawyer has come forward with new facts from the pending lawsuit in the case of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly groomed for sex and then kidnapped by her 50-year-old married science teacher.
The case papers say that while the two were away they stayed in a cabin with no heat, hot water, or any amenities. They ate wildflowers to survive.
Tad Cummins, the science teacher, took out a $4,500 loan before he kidnapped the girl. He took her to Walmart where he bought cheese cubes, chocolate, and KY Jelly.
The girl’s father has also come out on the record to talk about the abuse the girl suffered at the hands of her mother, that may have also added to her confusion when she was taken captive by the science teacher.
The Daily Mail has more:
Elizabeth Thomas lost a significant amount of weight while holed up in a Cecilville, California cabin with teacher Tad Cummins, 50, and has been left ‘very, very fragile’ by the ordeal, Thomas family attorney Jason Whatley says.
Whatley told People that both Elizabeth and Cummins ate wildflowers at times to survive in the bare-walled shack where police found them in hiding on April 20.
Cummins took out a $4,500 loan before fleeing with the girl, and purchased chocolate, cheese cubes, and KY Jelly at an Oklahoma Walmart on March 16, according to police.
Whatley blasted any assertion that Elizabeth willingly ran away with her teacher as ‘amazingly absurd’.
‘This is classic grooming and manipulation,’ said Whatley. ‘And I predict this case will be studied years in the future about how authority figures like Tad Cummins can mess up young children who believe their lies and are manipulated into doing things they would never do.’
Cummins was arrested last week in the California cabin, where he was hiding out with Elizabeth after the pair vanished from their hometown of Columbia, Tennessee, on March 13.
Their disappearance sparked a nationwide manhunt and Amber Alerts in several states before they were finally tracked down.
Cummins ‘treated her like a child at times,’ said the lawyer Whatley. ‘I think most people would agree that the combination of treating her like a child and an adult woman in the same relationship, like a light switched [and] turned it on and off, [is] damaging.’