Kidnapped Tennessee student returns home

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A month after a 15-year old Tennessee girl was allegedly taken by her health sciences teacher, the traumatized young woman returned home where police say she is now in the company of friends and relatives.

Tad Cummins, the girl’s 50-year old teacher, was arrested on Thursday at a solitary cabin in Cecilville, Calif. where he surrendered peacefully, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. An anonymous tip led Siskiyou County police to the cabin in northern California’s Black Bear Ranch.

The girl’s family has expressed outward concern in regards to their daughter, as her father told ABC News that therapy is likely needed. Police say the girl gave the impression she was not overjoyed to be rescued, blending emotions that included “laughing, crying and acting stoic.” Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon E. Lopey revealed the young girl lacked an understandable anger after Cummins was arrested.

After visiting the city of Berkeley, Cummins decided on the idea of hiding at a commune, such as Black Bear Ranch. The two weren’t fully embraced by others at the commune, however, as Sheriff Lopey said the pair and the residents “didn’t get along”. Exchanging the commune for a cabin in the woods, Cummins and the girl were believed to be working around the grounds of the cabin in exchange for food and gas.

Cummins is likely to face charges on behalf of the state of Tennessee in regards to aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. In addition, a federal charge for fleeing state lines to have sex with a minor carries a sentence of 10 years.


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