Thomas Lawson Evans, 37, was arrested after a police chase, Rick Oliver, the Riverside, Ala., police chief, said. On Wednesday, she was discovered and recovered after two men working on a railroad spotted a suspicious vehicle, containing a sleeping man and a little girl, and reported it. The AP reported the girl was found by police in a vehicle with Evans and he sped off after handing over Todd.
"She's in the Fire Department drinking chocolate milk and eating cookies", Riverside fire Chief Tim Kurzejeski said.
Please call (843) 619-6123 if you know anything about Heidi Todd's disappearance. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the chief prosecutor in Charleston, say a manhunt is happening to find Evans, and he'll face multiple charges, including kidnapping. It's unclear if Evans has a lawyer at this time.
A missing SC child abducted after her mother was brutally beaten in Charleston Tuesday was found in Alabama late Wednesday afternoon.
The suspect in the kidnapping of a 4-year-old Lowcountry girl was arrested Wednesday night in Mississippi.
The news comes as neighbors are holding a vigil for her return in the Johns Island subdivision and less than a half-hour before Charleston authorities are set to hold a news conference at 8 p.m. Rhue said officers went to the home at 5:30 p.m. after school officials said no one had picked up the children. Inside, Riverside, Alabama, police said they saw a little girl, later identified as Heidi Todd, awake and Evans asleep.
Police setup a 24 hour tip line on Wednesday for citizens to report any information in the case of missing Heidi and a possible person of interest. A friend went to their home and found Heidi's mother beaten and reported the 4-year-old missing. "What could have been a day of great tragedy has turned out to be a day of great joy".
The mayor said he had visited with the Todds at the hospital, and he described them as a wonderful family.
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David Barkho, whose son was on the cruise, told 3AW that he received a call from him around 1 a.m. asking if he could call the police.
However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the girl's recovery.
The child was confirmed to be Heidi Todd. "She didn't invite anyone into the residence", Taylor said.
Agents say surveillance video showed "a white male trying to use the device".
Police originally thought the girl might have wandered off and sent divers to search the lake at the center of in the Whitney Lake neighborhood.
Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis told local media that officers are looking for Heidi Todd.
Crews searched a pond near her Johns Island home Wednesday morning.
The State Law Enforcement Division has asked law enforcement agencies across the state to look for the girl.