Tennessee Bureau of Investigations officials discuss details of Tad Cummins arrest

A timeline of events in the Amber Alert case of Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins has been released in federal court records and provides new details of the alleged kidnapping.
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The details were made public in a federal arrest affidavit filed by Jonathan Hardison, a Columbia, Tennessee police officer who serves on an FBI task force. The arrest affidavit was released in federal court records after Cummins was apprehended and Thomas was found safe in northern California on Thursday.

The new details include information about how the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found out the two were in Oklahoma City on March 15.

A 12-year-old student at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee was the first person to report suspected inappropriate behavior between Thomas and Cummins. The 12-year-old reported to a school resource officer after seeing what was described as a “romantic peck” between then-teacher Cummins and his 15-year-old student Thomas on Jan. 23, according to court records.

The 12-year-old and another student confronted Cummins about his relationship with Thomas, the records show.

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