Tennessee Teen Abducted By Teacher Was Reportedly Abused By Her Mother

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Life has not been easy for Elizabeth Thomas.

As you may recall, the Tennessee teen made headlines after being abducted by her teacher, Tad Cummins, back in March. While Miz Thomas has since been found and returned home to her family, it appears as though the 15-year-old had a rough upbringing before all of this drama.

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On Wednesday, we learned that Elizabeth’s mother was indicted on child abuse charges back in January 2016. Court officials have since confirmed to People that Kimberly Thomas is slated to appear in a Tennessee courthouse on May 12, in order to review her upcoming criminal trial. It’s said Kimberly was indicted on four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and neglect, on top of one felony count of abuse on a child under the age of eight.

Thomas is accused of abusing five of her 10 children, including Elizabeth. Reportedly, the 48-year-old once hit the teen’s head against a washing machine and then threw her down the steps of their basement. Kimberly also locked her daughter in the basement. Poor thing.

Records claim the abusive behavior first began back in November 2014 and continued for about a year until Kimberly’s husband Anthony Thomas left her, taking their kids with him. Mr. Thomas officially filed for divorce on Monday.

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In 2015, Kimberly was ordered to stay away from the children and is currently still banned from contacting them. Regardless, we have a feeling this family drama will be used as part of Mr. Cummins’ defense. As we previously reported, Tad claims he didn’t kidnap the Tennessee youth, but rather accompanied the teen cross country as Elizabeth was planning to run away whether he joined her or not.

Prosecutors will likely use this information to say Tad targeted Thomas because her history of being abused made her “vulnerable.” When asked if the alleged abuse played a factor in Elizabeth’s abduction, the teenager’s sister Kat Bozeman replied:

“Absolutely, 100 percent that affected her.”

We’re certain this isn’t the last we’ve heard about this complicated case. Stay tuned.

[Image via Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office/Jason Whatley/Thomas Family.]

Apr 26, 2017 2:33pm PST

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