Search crews in SC are looking for a 4-year-old girl allegedly abducted during a home invasion, officials said.
SLED will issue a state wide BOLO for missing 4 year old Heidi Todd who was last seen wearing pink trousers & blue shirt.
According to Charleston Police, she may be with a Hispanic male, described as a slim 25 to 30-year-old with short hair and wearing all grey.
The mother is in fair condition at the hospital.
Jessup says she was found after there was a report of a suspicious auto in the woods behind Riverside's City Hall.
Around 9:45pm, law enforcement officials in MS said they took Thomas Lawton Evan into custody in reference to the kidnapping. The chief says Evans handed him the child when he said they needed to go to the police station and sped off in his vehicle. The vehicle Evans was found in was stolen from Georgia earlier Tuesday.
Jessup says the girl was "scared" but is otherwise doing fine, and was using a coloring book that they'd gotten her.
"There are many things that we do not know, yet, that we are still investigating, but there's one thing we know, and that is that Heidi Todd is missing, and we need everyone to be on the lookout for this young lady", Tecklenburg said at a noon press briefing. "She is a precious little girl". The girl wanted out so he got her out, and then the driver woke up and drove away. Wilson told WCSC Evans will face state charges of kidnapping and that federal charges from the FBI and additional charges will be forthcoming.
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It caps a turbulent 24 hours of uncertainty for the girl's family. She's now checking out at a local medical facility, authorities say.
"She really got beat up badly and she needs our moral support", Tecklenburg said. Authorities released a picture of a person of interest in the case and are offering a $20,000 reward.
"The individual was not invited into the residence", said Interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor.
Taylor said investigators are trying to "unravel. the motive".
Police received a call from a school Tuesday afternoon after the mother of a student failed to pick up the child.
A neighbor discovered the mother inside the home.
Police say the person of interest in her disappearance has facial tattoos, describing them as a lightning bolt and a flame. He's now at the hospital with the mother.