Man accused of kidnapping 4-year-old locked up at Charleston Co. Detention Center

Man accused of kidnapping 4-year-old locked up at Charleston Co. Detention Center
Thomas Evans has a hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon. (Source: Madison County Detention Center)
Thomas Evans has a hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon. (Source: Madison County Detention Center)
Heidi Todd was in police custody with Rick Oliver. (Source: WIAT)
Heidi Todd was in police custody with Rick Oliver. (Source: WIAT)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The 37-year-old man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old Johns Island girl is now locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

Thomas Evans, the man accused of kidnapping Heidi Todd, was transported to the jail following a hearing in federal court on Monday.

He was in court facing a federal criminal complaint of kidnapping a person under the age of 18.

At this point, he has not been formally charged.Prosecutors say state charges will likely be coming this week.

Evans waived his right for a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing.

He is accused of kidnapping Todd on Feb. 13 after assaulting the child's mother Brittany Todd.

Evans was arrested the following day in Mississippi after he fled the scene in Alabama when Heidi was rescued, according to investigators.

It marks Evans' first hearing in Charleston since Todd was found in Riverside, Alabama in the middle of February.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says the Todd family has been informed about Evans whereabouts.

"I'm impressed to see how they're moving along and how reasonable and understanding they are of this process," Wilson said."They haven't been in the criminal justice system and have had no reason to be familiar with it, but they are understanding and doing well."

A lot has been revealed about Evans' whereabouts prior to his alleged kidnapping in the weeks since Todd was found.

A black car which investigators believe was used in the kidnapping was investigated by Berkeley County deputies two days prior to the abduction.

Deputies encountered Evans walking along the side of the road with a gas can after he was given money by a church in the St. Stephen area. 911 calls revealed a woman called in Evans as a suspicious person.

Georgia deputies later found the same car behind a house after the kidnapping and traced it back to Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Investigators say they want to speak with the owner of the car, Sharon Hayden, whose whereabouts are unknown because her mother says she's missing.

The Todd family released a statement on Feb. 27 saying Brittany Todd, Heidi's mother, had been released from the hospital after she was beaten according to the affidavit.

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