Man suspected in girl's kidnapping to appear in court in Mississippi

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An affidavit filed in the case of a missing 4-year-old SC girl shows the child's mother was attacked in her home and apparently tied up before police found her while making a welfare check.

Thomas Lawton Evans, 37, from Charleston County, identified as the driver of the vehicle in which Todd was found, was arrested in MS, according to ABC News 4.

Later in the day, the report says that the Riverdale, Alabama Police Chief Rick Oliver got a call about a suspicious auto parked near railroad tracks. 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. When approached by police, Evans handed over the girl and sped off, Oliver said.

Charleston police said that Heidi's mother was attacked as she was trying to go into her home.

The suspect in the kidnapping of a 4-year-old Lowcountry girl was arrested Wednesday night in Mississippi.

Heidi's father, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, was on a training mission at the time of the incident.

A mother of five, Heidi's mother was in "reasonably fair condition under the circumstances" and was expected to undergo surgery, the mayor said, according to that report.

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"The individual was not invited into the residence", said Interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor earlier.

However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the girl's recovery.

Heidi Renae Todd, 4, was recovered in Riverside, confirmed Pell City Police Chief Paul Irwin.

The four-year-old girl at the heart of a statewide search has been found alive in Alabama, sources close to the investigation tell us. Heid was officially reported missing at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday and a massive search has been underway since then.

The mother told investigators that when she was attacked and assaulted, she told Heidi to run and hide.

Police say an Amber Alert was not issued yet because the case didn't meet the criteria.

The State Law Enforcement Division has asked law enforcement agencies across the state to look for the girl.