Mom of girl, 15, who vanished with teacher: 'I'm scared to death'

The mother of the 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher is speaking out.

"I can't eat. I can't sleep. I'm scared to death," Kimberly Thomas, the mom, said in her first interview.

Read: Teacher Researched Teen Marriage Online Before Kidnapping 15-Year-Old Student: Investigators

She hasn't seen her daughter Elizabeth in over a year. She's free on bail awaiting trial on five charges of neglect and child abuse, and was ordered to have no contact with her daughter.

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Tad Cummins, 50, a former Tennessee high school teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student in March, seen in this booking photo after his arrest by Siskiyou County Sheriff?s Department?s Special Response Team (SRT) in Cecilville area of Siskiyou County, California, U.S. on April 20, 2017. Courtesy SCSO/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey announces the arrest of fugitive Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher accused of kidnapping 15 year old student Elizabeth Thomas, in Yreka, California, U.S. April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
#TNAMBERAlert: She's a high school freshman. He was a teacher accused of kidnapping her. Let's find her now! UPDATE… https://t.co/PD9FWyaUQN
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey announces the arrest of fugitive Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher accused of kidnapping 15 year old student Elizabeth Thomas, in Yreka, California, U.S. April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
#TNAMBERAlert SIGHTING CONFIRMED: Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were in Oklahoma City on March 15th. DETAILS:… https://t.co/ZZ5oy2fDuA
This has been upgraded to statewide AMBER ALERT: Suspect Tad Cummins was a teacher at Maury Co. Schools. Anyone w/… https://t.co/6QFON36i19
NEW PICTURE: Here's the last known photograph of Elizabeth Thomas prior to her alleged kidnapping. Spot her? 1-800-… https://t.co/a2h7G50wPw
VIDEO: Here's surveillance of AMBER Alert suspect Tad Cummins, days before disappearing with Elizabeth Thomas. https://t.co/j1fuc5VJWH
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MEDIA: Here's a quick video clip of Tad Cummins & Elizabeth Thomas entering the Walmart in Oklahoma City on 3/15. https://t.co/tIsI94rT6a
Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher accused of luring a 15-year-old student into his car outside of a restaurant and disappearing with the girl, is pictured in this police handout photo. Maury County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher accused of luring a 15-year-old student into his car outside of a restaurant and disappearing with the girl, is pictured in this police handout photo. Maury County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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Court documents allege that Elizabeth was beaten, thrown down the basement stairs and forced by her mom to get naked in front of several other people.

"I am not guilty of those," Kimberly insisted in the interview with WTVF.

She claims she actually saw Elizabeth and the teacher, Tad Cummins, out together last Christmas, but because of the court order banning her from contact with Elizabeth, she was afraid to intervene, she said.

"If I would have broke the law, I could have stopped it," she said.

Read: Teacher Accused of Kidnapping Teen May Have Bought Women's Hair Dye Days Before Disappearing

She believes Elizabeth thinks she's in love with Cummins — and she's appealing to him to send her daughter home.

"I don't believe she feels she is being hurt. OK, but she's 15. She doesn't know any better and she is being hurt and damaged," she said.

There was a reported sighting of Cummins and Elizabeth at a convenience store near a beach in Corpus Christie, Texas on Thursday, but authorities have not been able to substantiate it.

It's the first reported sighting since they left Columbia, Tennessee, 11 days ago. Though unconfirmed, it's heightening fears they may be headed to Mexico.

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