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
Location: Maury County, Tennessee