Thomas Evans, alleged Heidi Todd kidnapper, set for Court Hearing Today

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Thomas L. Evans, Jr., the man accused of kidnapping 4-year-old girl Heidi Todd and brutally beating the child's mother, is scheduled to make his first appearance in court in Charleston County on Monday.

Court records show Evans is scheduled to appear before Judge Bristow Marchant in federal court Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

The FBI has charged Evans with kidnapping in the case of Heidi Todd. Evans, 37, is accused of attacking Todd's mother, Brittany, from behind at knifepoint as she was walking inside her Johns Island home on Feb. 13.

According to the FBI, Evans then savagely beat Brittany Todd and tied her up before abducting Heidi and leaving the state.

Evans was ultimately arrested Feb. 14 in Mississippi following a law enforcement chase. A Riverside, Alabama police chief investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle had located Evans earlier in the day, and regained custody of Heidi Todd.

Deputies in Morgan County, Ga. say Evans likely stole the car he was driving when he was arrested from a group of foreign agriculture workers staying at a temporary home outside Rutledge, Georgia.

Evans had been spotted in the Lowcountry by Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputies days prior to the alleged incident at Todd's home in Charleston County.

Evans was released from a South Carolina prison on Feb. 1.

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