JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – A Four-year-old lady who disappeared from her South Carolina dwelling the place her mom was discovered badly crushed was discovered secure in Alabama on Wednesday and the person suspected of kidnapping her was arrested hours later, authorities mentioned.
Thomas Evans, 37, was arrested after a police chase that resulted in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, mentioned Riverside, Alabama, Police Chief Rick Oliver.
Oliver mentioned a railroad crew referred to as him after discovering a automobile parked effectively into the woods Wednesday afternoon close to a railroad monitor within the metropolis on Interstate 20 about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Birmingham, Alabama.
He mentioned Evans and the lady had been asleep within the automotive when he approached, and that after awake, Evan was nervous. Evans handed him the lady after Oliver mentioned they wanted to go to the station and discuss, after which sped away, the chief mentioned.
Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson mentioned Evans has been charged with kidnapping and that she anticipated to file extra costs. Oliver did not say whether or not Evans had a lawyer.
Heidi seemed to be unhurt and was ready at a hospital to be reunited together with her father, who was being flown from Charleston, Oliver mentioned.
“She was coloring and consuming snacks and consuming chocolate milk. We’re simply tickled to loss of life she is OK,” Oliver mentioned. “As soon as we obtained her right here and watching some cartoons, she was good.”
The lady was found lacking round 6 p.m. Tuesday when officers went to her dwelling on Johns Island after two of her siblings had not been picked up at college, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg mentioned.
The mom was discovered “brutally crushed” however officers didn’t discover Heidi, Tecklenburg mentioned. Two different youngsters had been discovered within the dwelling unhurt, the mayor mentioned.
The girl mentioned she was attacked as she returned dwelling, however investigators do not know precisely when that was or the place she had gone, Tecklenburg mentioned.
Investigators haven’t discovered any connection between Evans and the lady’s household and so they have not found out a motive for the kidnapping, the mayor mentioned.
The lady’s mom stays within the hospital and underwent surgical procedure Wednesday, the mayor mentioned.
Authorities spent the previous 24 hours on the lookout for the lady, looking close by ponds and flying over Charleston in helicopters. Neighbors got here to listen to the mayor’s information convention Wednesday evening and cheered and clapped when he mentioned Heidi was secure.
“What might have been a day of nice tragedy has actually been a day of pleasure,” Tecklenburg mentioned.
Oliver mentioned this was one of the crucial superior days he has had in 20 years in regulation enforcement.
“This can be a blessing,” Oliver mentioned “It’s nothing to do with luck. The great Lord put me in that place.”