Missing Child Heidi Todd Found Alive In Alabama, Suspect Arrested

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Heidi Todd, a 4-year-old girl from Johns Island in Charleston County, S.C., was found alive on Wednesday near Birmingham, Alabama, officials confirm.

Police officers in Riverside, Alabama confirmed that Todd has been found safe.

Todd is currently in the custody of the Alabama Dept. of Human Resources, according to Andrew Donely, a reporter for WBMA.

Todd now in DHR custody. @abc3340 pic.twitter.com/fJhenWY5Be

— Andrew Donley (@Andrewabc3340) February 15, 2018

Authorities have identified the suspect as Thomas Lawton Evans, 37. Riverside Police say he was taken into law enforcement custody in Mississippi Wednesday after initially evading their officers.

Evans was arrested back in 2009 by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, and later convicted of armed robbery and second degree burglary.

Todd disappeared following a home invasion Tuesday that left the her mother brutally beaten and has been hospitalized.

Todd was found near Riverside, Alabama, roughly an hour outside Birmingham, near Talladega, authorities confirm.

Birmingham lies along a notorious human trafficking strip, according to the Birmingham Times.

Parents Booked After Baker County Toddler Swallows Morphine


The parents of a Macclenny toddler who had ingested morphine pills while the father was looking after the 1-year-old are under arrest, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

Paramedics were called to the home on Barber Road at some point on Saturday after the mother returned to find the child under the influence of drugs, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The 1-year-old was taken to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital for treatment, Officers wrote in a Facebook post.

The child has since been released from the hospital.

The Department of Children and Families have reportedly removed the child from the home and placed him with a relative following his parents’ arrests, Sheriff Scotty Rhoden told News4Jax.

“As bad as it is, this one actually turned out well because the child is safe now,”Rhoden said.

Deputies found out that the toddler was left with the child’s father, 29-year-old Seth Baker, while the mother, 32-year-old Chrystal Baker, partied with her boyfriend, who incidentally is the father’s brother.

When the couple returned home, they discovered that both Seth Baker and the 1-year-old appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The father said he believed the child ingested some morphine pills.

Seth Baker was taken into custody after deputies found him hiding in a camper in the back yard, deputies said.

He initially fled the home to avoid arrest.

The mother’s boyfriend stated that he and the child’s parents are heavy drug users, deputies said.

Morphine pills, methamphetamine and various pipes were found within the child’s reach inside the home.

Deputies later went to the hospital to serve an arrest warrant for theft on the child’s mother – only to find that she had run off and abandoned the child and leaving the toddler in the care of hospital staff.

Chrystal Baker was later located at the Red Roof Inn in Macclenny, where deputies said she tried once more to escape on foot.

Officers ultimately chased her down and captured her in the motel lobby.

The child’s father now faces a felony charge of child neglect causing great bodily harm.

The mother, meanwhile, has been charged with resisting without violence.

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