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Man accused in Johns Island kidnapping on the way back to South Carolina

Thomas Evans is in the process of being extradited to South Carolina to face charges of kidnapping. (Source: Madison County Detention Center) Thomas Evans is in the process of being extradited to South Carolina to face charges of kidnapping. (Source: Madison County Detention Center)

The man facing charges in the kidnapping a 4-year-old Johns Island girl is being extradited to  South Carolina, U.S. Marshals in Mississippi have confirmed.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Thomas Lawton Evans was no longer listed as an inmate of the Madison County Detention Center in Mississippi.

Evans, 37, is accused of taking Heidi Todd from her home on Feb. 13. The child was rescued Wednesday afternoon in Alabama and Evans was arrested that evening in Mississippi.

The U.S. Marshals office in Mississippi confirmed Evans is in the custody of U.S. Marshals, but could not provide a timeline of when he is expected to arrive in South Carolina.

Evans, 37, waived his extradition hearing in a federal courtroom in Jackson, Mississippi, on Friday afternoon. According to a court order filed Tuesday, a Mississippi judge remanded him to the custody of U.S. Marshals to be returned to South Carolina, but the document did not state when that would happen.

The order also states that Evans is requesting court-appointed counsel for his appearance in a South Carolina district courtroom. 

Evans, who some court records identify as Lawton Thomas Evans, is facing a federal charge of kidnapping involving a person under the age of 18 and was arraigned in federal court.

He will face state charges of kidnapping and more charges could be filed, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Wednesday night at a news briefing.

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