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Missing child Heidi Todd found alive in Alabama, suspect arrested

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

Police officers in Riverside, Alabama have confirmed to Circa affiliate WBMA 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.

Authorities have identified the suspect 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 in 2009 by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, and later convicted of armed robbery and second degree burglary.

Circa affiliate ABC News 4 has requested a background check from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Evans.

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

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

Birmingham lies along a notorious human trafficking corridor, according to the <i>Birmingham Times</i>.

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