While caregivers are confident that they’ll get Elizabeth Thomas “back to her normal self” in time, additional details continue to emerge regarding the 15-year-old’s experience at a California commune known for being clothing-optional. Crime Online spoke exclusively with the Thomas family lawyer, Jason Whatley, who explained what life was like for Elizabeth before she was rescued from alleged kidnapper, Tad Cummins.
Whatley, who met Elizabeth for the first time last week when she was returned home to her family, said that the girl looked famished, ate wildflowers for nourishment, and lived under the care Cummins. The former teacher reportedly cut her hair, dyed her hair, had sex with her on a dirty mattress, and took her 3,000 miles away from her family because he wanted to “rescue her.'”
“She lived in a God forsaken environment with naked men walking around, at least according to the reports, and I’m not going to comment on what I know…All of these thing, but God forbid the things we think that were happening, and that’s ‘rescuing her.”
NEW: Here's the mug shot of Tad Cummins from California. He's now facing state and federal charges. pic.twitter.com/2LYWL7QlSt
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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cummins concocted many plans to stay hidden with Elizabeth. One of the plans included hiding out in Mexico. He bought a watercraft, apparently with plans to transport himself and Elizabeth into Mexico without detection. The former teacher reportedly made a test run on the watercraft, from San Diego to Mexico with Elizabeth in tow, but for some reason, didn’t carry on with the plan. Whatley said it was all part of “some fantasy idea” inside Cummins’ head.
“I don’t want to say he’s insane, because he’s not clinically insane to the point that he can’t stand trial, but he’s an evil man. I’ll say that and I’ll stick with that.”
Whatley also touched on Cummins’ control over Elizabeth. Apparently, the pervy 50-year-old spoke for Elizabeth, and would tell her to be quiet if she ever spoke up. In most instances, she would whisper in his ear and he would relay the message to others at the commune, but only if he approved of what she said.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth has the “best of the best” mental health professionals working with her, and helping her understand how to process the emotional trauma she’s currently going through.
The Tad Cummins story continues to develop. Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.
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