Family of Alleged Kidnapper Tad Cummins Speaks Out

'Daddy ... come home'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2017 2:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – The daughters of Tad Cummins—the former Tennessee teacher suspected of kidnapping a 15-year-old student last month—say they've forgiven their father "no matter what he did." "Daddy, no matter what you've done we just want you to come home," Erica Osborne, 29, says during an exclusive interview with ABC News. She says his family is still "here for" him. Cummins' other daughter, 26-year-old Ashlee Conner, says she wants to remind her father of a Bible verse he once taught them: "God uses all things for the glory of those that love the Lord and are called according to his purposes." Cummins' wife Jill says "he is a wonderful person," despite her having filed for divorce since his disappearance.

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Cummins is suspected of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas on March 13. He's wanted on allegations of kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. Jill Cummins says another student told her they saw her husband kissing Elizabeth, an accusation she at first refused to believe. She says she called Elizabeth "our third daughter" and would often give her rides to and from church. Read the full ABC interview with Cummins' family here. (Read more Tad Cummins stories.)

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