Invisible Children

Elizabeth Thomas

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas (b. 2002), who went by Elizabeth, was beaten and imprisoned by her mother, Kimberly Thomas. Thomas also beat four of Elizabeth’s siblings. Elizabeth and her nine siblings were homeschooled.

According to Elizabeth’s older sister, Brandy Landauer (b. 1998), the 10 children were homeschooled all their lives “but they played sports and went to church three to four days a week.” Documents show that, in November 2015, Elizabeth “told investigators her mom banged her head into the agitator of the washing machine and said her mother threw her down the basement stairs and locked her down there.” Thomas is also “accused of forcing her children to strip in front of other people.”

Thomas was charged in January 2016 with four counts of child abuse and lost custody of her five youngest children, including Elizabeth. The other five were already adults. The children’s father, Anthony Thomas, was granted full custody, and Elizabeth began attending public school for the first time in September 2016. There she was groomed, sexually abused, and abducted by her teacher, Tad Cummins.

Date: November 2015
Maury County, Tennessee


Documents: Date:
School documents show relationship between Cummins, Thomas 03-19-2017
Dad Speaks Out After Teen Daughter Is Allegedly Kidnapped by Ex-Teacher: ‘Get Away from That Man’ 03-21-2017
Missing teen’s mother awaits trial on abuse, neglect charges 03-21-2017
‘She’s a smart girl’: Elizabeth Thomas’ sister believes she ran away 03-22-2017
DA: Kidnap victim’s home life made her easily influenced by authority figure 03-23-2017