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Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

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Cris De Lacerda | 26 Abril, 2017, 19:07

The Tennessee teacher who allegedly kidnapped his former 15-year-old student had planned to escape to Mexico with the teen, according to federal court documents filed Monday.

Griffin Barry, the 29-year-old caretaker of a secluded northern California property, has been credited for helping police find 15-year-old Thomas and her ex-teacher Cummins at a cabin near the OR border. She has returned home.

The man who tipped authorities off to the location of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas in California will be presented with reward money Friday in Columbia, Tenn. Family members previously said she has lost a lot of weight and is choosing who she wants to spend time with. The teen and the teacher denied they had kissed, but the investigation found that the teen often relied on Cummins for support. In furtherance of this plan, the defendant procured a small watercraft and conducted a test run to cross into Mexico across the water from San Diego.

The 50-year-old is due in court at 4 p.m. Monday where a judge is expected to decide on the matter.

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are believed to have been involved in an intimate relationship.

Reacting to that news, Mr Thomas said: 'If that's his idea of guidance, then he's a very poor excuse for a teacher and authority figure, a father. Court documents state Cummins meant to take the minor to Mexico. He is facing charges in Tennessee of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping.

Anthony tells PEOPLE he is anxious about how he will react if he is in the same courtroom as Cummins: "I'll become emotionally charged and, yeah, I'd like to do to him ... what every other father would like to do in the same situation".

"There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning", Jason Whatley, the Thomas family's lawyer, said in a statement.

"She looks at him like a friend and a counselor who knows how to calm her down when she is experiencing anxiety", school records said.

"It had been 40 days until anyone had seen her", Bozeman said. "I'm not allowed to ask her about things that happened along the way right now".

"It just doesn't make sense", said the Cummins' neighbor, Freda Scott.

The pair went missing in March from Tennessee and were not seen for six weeks - except for when they were captured on surveillance video at a Walmart in Oklahoma City.

After the pair's disappearance, investigators said they received hundreds of tips from 24 states but not enough information to tighten the dragnet, despite a multistate manhunt and Cummins's placement on Tennessee's most-wanted list.