Missing 4-year-old found safe in another state after home invasion

Missing 4-year-old found safe in another state after home invasion

Heidi's mother had dropped off two other children at school Tuesday morning, returned to her home on Johns Island and then was attacked from behind by a man who had a knife, FBI Special Agent Matt Rhue said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Thomas Lawson Evans, 37, was arrested after a police chase, Rick Oliver, the Riverside, Ala., police chief, said.

Riverside Fire Chief Tim Kurzejeski and Riverside Police Chief Rick Oliver knocked on the window of the auto and told Evans to get out.

Oliver found Evans sleeping in a vehicle with Heidi Todd in the woods near a railroad track.

Kurzejeski said that he took Todd back to the fire station where she watched the Disney channel and asked for cookies and chocolate milk.

The Charleston Police Department said Todd's mother was found badly beaten and was rushed to an area hospital after the school attended by two of her other children called the authorities reporting she did not come to the school to pick them up.

Heidi Renae Todd was reported missing just before 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

The man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old Johns Island girl will soon be headed back to SC to face charges.

The girl's father was working for the US Coast Guard in Virginia when she vanished.

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The mother was found "brutally beaten" but officers did not find Heidi, Tecklenburg said.

The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information on Heidi's whereabouts, the AP reported. Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor said an "unwelcome guest" was at the Todd home, but couldn't characterize the incident as a burglary.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup said "it's a great day".

Charleston police have set up a 24-hour tip line for citizens to report any information about this case.

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

At about 5:50 p.m., Charleston Police conducted a welfare check.

The mayor of Charleston is encouraging prayers for a missing 4-year-old girl and he is asking people everywhere to be on the lookout for a person of interest.

Law enforcement is still trying to determine a motive for the crime.

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