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TAKE A STAND: Heidi Todd

Heidi Todd was in police custody with Rick Oliver Wednesday afternoon. (Source: WIAT) Heidi Todd was in police custody with Rick Oliver Wednesday afternoon. (Source: WIAT)
Mayor John Tecklenburg announced Heidi Todd had been rescued in Alabama. (Source: Live 5) Mayor John Tecklenburg announced Heidi Todd had been rescued in Alabama. (Source: Live 5)
Alabama railroad workers Donnie Peppers, Mark Burke, Chris Jackson reported a suspicious vehicle that led to Todd's recovery. (Source: WBRC) Alabama railroad workers Donnie Peppers, Mark Burke, Chris Jackson reported a suspicious vehicle that led to Todd's recovery. (Source: WBRC)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The eyes of the world were on the Lowcountry last week as police frantically searched for a four-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Charleston home.

Our worst fears turned to overwhelming joy when we learned Heidi Todd had been found safe in Alabama. The man who took Heidi is facing both state and federal kidnapping charges.

Thankfully, the little girl has been reunited with her family. 

There are many heroes in this story: Police and the FBI who wouldn’t give up on the search; the brave railroad workers in Alabama who were suspicious when they saw a car parked near the tracks and called police; the mother who was beaten and injured during the home invasion and then had to endure days of not knowing where her daughter was. 

But the biggest hero of all is Heidi Todd: A brave little four-year-old who remained strong and after being found asked for cookies and chocolate milk.

Mayor John Tecklenburg put it best when he said what could have been a day of great tragedy has turned out to be a day of great joy. 

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