Former Student Claims Tad Cummins Wrote Her A Love Song

Posted at 10:17 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 08:37:09-04

A former student of Tad Cummins, the suspect at the center of an ongoing AMBER ALERT out of Maury County, said he sang her a love song back when she was the same age as missing student Elizabeth Thomas.

Destany Parrish told  Inside Edition she and Cummins were very close, saying she could talk to him about almost anything.

A similar situation to Elizabeth and Cummins, whose relationship has been described as very close. Cummins was suspended from Culleoka Unit School after a student reported seeing him kiss Elizabeth in the school hallway.

One day, Parrish said Cummins arranged for them to be alone and he sang the lyrics he had written.

One of the lyrics read, "I could swim for a thousand miles in the oceans inside your eyes and never reach the side."

"It was just me and tad. We were in the music room. It was right next to his classroom, and I had learned a new song on the piano," said Parrish. "I was gonna go show him, but he sat down first and played that song, and I started recording a little bit in.

When asked if she felt the song was for her, Parrish said she didn't assume, but looking back, things seem different.

Parrish said nothing inappropriate ever took place, but she believes Tad Cummins may have been grooming her before setting his sights on Elizabeth Thomas.

Cummins and Thomas have been missing for two weeks. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it's crucial people across the country know what the pair looks like.

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