Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

Posted April 30, 2017

Jill Cummins, the wife of a teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old student, says he told her they "slept together, "Inside Edition reports".

Jill said she asked her husband about the allegations that he rented a hotel room with a queen sized bed with the teenager after filling a prescription for Cialis.

"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", he said.

The two were found in a cabin in a remote area of Northern California, putting an end to a weeks-long, nationwide search. He faces a federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for the goal of criminal sexual intercourse, as well as state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

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While Griffin, who grew up here in the mid-state, he didn't say much during the presentation, the teen's family attorney spoke on what today means to him.

In exchange for labor and chores, Barry allowed Cummins and Thomas stay inside an unfinished cabin with no heat or electricity near Cecilville, California - thousands of miles from Maury County, Tennessee, from where the pair had vanished on March 13.

Cummins' daughter Ashley, 26, is fully supporting her mom, Jill, as well as her dad. A federal judge in California on Monday approved a request to transfer Cummins back to Tennessee, where he will face charges of kidnapping the teenage girl.

"It was very hard to hear his voice after all this time not knowing if I was going to hear it again", she said on the show.

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"I didn't want any details", she told "Inside Edition" in an interview that aired Thursday. "She didn't have a choice whether or not go with you".

Cummins has been in federal custody at the Sacramento County (Calif.) jail since Friday, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of California.

A high school health sciences teacher in the Tennessee town of Culleoka, Cummins had been suspended in February, less than a month after a student reported seeing him and the 15-year-old kissing in a classroom.

Danielle Thomas said the family's first inclination when Elizabeth went missing was that she had run away. "I'm scared to death", she said at the time. She allegedly knocked one daughter unconscious with a wooden board and bruised another's leg by throwing a chair at her.

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Cummins described the girl as "a really good friend" and told school officials the girl did leave her other classes to come see him "when she needs someone to calm her down". "I'm just glad to have her back", Elizabeth's father Anthony told People magazine Wednesday.