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.
After confirming the driver was Thomas Lawton Evans, Jr., Chief Oliver got the 4-year-old out of the auto.
Rick Oliver, the police chief in Riverside, Alabama, said a railroad crew called him after finding a vehicle parked well into the woods Wednesday afternoon near a railroad track in the city on Interstate 20 east of Birmingham, Alabama.
Oliver said he and the fire chief found a man sleeping inside a auto with 4-year-old Heidi Todd inside.
Oliver said Todd was doing fine following the ordeal, watching cartoons and drinking chocolate milk.
"We anticipate warrants from the state charges, the local charges for kidnapping", 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said at the Wednesday night news conference.
Heidi was reported missing on Johns Island shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The mother was later found and taken to a hospital to be treated.
The girl's father was working for the US Coast Guard in Virginia when she vanished.
Officers found the mother "brutally beaten" but did not find Heidi, Tecklenburg said.
"The individual was not invited into the residence", said Interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor earlier.
The Charleston Police Department also set up a 24-hour tip line in order to gather information on sightings of Evans.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of Todd.
Police in Charleston are searching for a missing four-year-old girl. Heid was officially reported missing at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday and a massive search has been underway since then.
"What could have been a day of great tragedy has turned out to be a day of great joy", Tecklenburg said.
Rhue, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, said investigators determined that someone had tried to use an "electronic access device" belonging to the woman at a gas station in Greensboro, Georgia, about 235 miles west of Charleston and 76 miles east of Atlanta.
Because authorities could not be sure of the circumstances of Heidi's disappearance, they could not issue an Amber Alert.