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Nashville, TN (AP) - The father of a 15-year-old Tennessee girl, who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago, said he is overjoyed that his daughter has been found safe.

The father told WSMV-TV that his daughter is probably going to be hungry and that he can't wait to tell her that he loves her. He said Thursday he didn't want to talk about the teacher, Tad Cummins, who is accused of kidnapping the girl.

Authorities said they were found at a commune in Cecilville, California, on Thursday. Cummins surrendered without incident.

The father said he is going to have to figure out what sort of state of mind his daughter is in and that it may be a long road to recovery.

Police previously said they have warrants charging the teacher with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping.

The Associated Press is not naming the girl or her father because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities said a 15-year-old Tennessee girl, who disappeared with her teacher in March, has been found safe in California and the teacher has been arrested.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that teacher Tad Cummins had been taken into custody. The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later.

The girl disappeared from her home near Columbia on March 13. Columbia is about 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of Nashville.

Court papers filed recently in the girl's disappearance said she was afraid of the teacher and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him.

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