Tad Cummins was apprehended last week and now his sister is speaking out. Daphne Quinn sat down with NBC News to talk about the 50-year-old who is suspected of kidnapping his 15-year-old former student Elizabeth Thomas.
Quinn, who has spoken to her brother three times, claims that Cummins told her that it was Thomas who wanted to run away— he just accompanied her to keep her safe. “I asked him why, why would he do this and the answer he gave me is that she wanted to run away and she wanted to leave,” she says. “And he didn’t want her to go alone, and so he went with her so that he could know that she was safe.”
Quinn claims that her brother is “repentant” about taking Thomas for weeks from Tennessee. She has forgiven him as well and says that she doesn’t condone his behavior. “He’s done this horrible thing that he has to pay for, but he’s still my brother and I love him.”
Cummins and Thomas—who were rumored to be romantically linked-- were found in a remote part of California following a tipster sighting last week. He is slated to be arraigned on federal kidnapping charges today.
[Photo: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]