The mother of Elizabeth Thomas, the Tennessee teen who was rescued last week after 39 days on the run with her high school social sciences teacher Tad Cummins, has been hit with a restraining order preventing her from having contact with her daughter and other members of her family.
According to WKRN, a judge granted Elizabeth’s father Anthony Thomas a restraining order against his estranged wife Kimberly Thomas, preventing her from having any contact with Anthony, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s three minor siblings.
The order also means that Elizabeth’s mother cannot discuss her daughter with the media.
The Maury County judge who granted the order on Monday reportedly found that “there exists an immediate and irreparable harm and that good cause exists” to prohibit Mrs. Thomas from contact with her children and husband.
Anthony Thomas also filed for divorce on Monday. The couple has reportedly been separated since November 2015. At that time, according to the divorce papers, Kimberly Thomas was ordered to have no contact with her minor children, but repeatedly pushed the limits of the order by allegedly driving past her children’s school, friend’s houses, and their own home while they were present. She is accused of multiple instances of abuse in the court filings.
Elizabeth and Cummins were apprehended on Thursday in a remote northern California cabin after a property caretaker recognized the pair from missing persons reports in the media. Elizabeth has since been reunited with her family and is reportedly in the care of a therapist.
On Monday, Cummins appeared in court to face charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor for criminal sexual contact. He remains in custody in California after waiving extradition and will soon return to Tennessee.