4-year-old girl found after intruder enters home, brutally beats mother


A girl that was reportedly kidnapped from SC has been found safe and sound in St. Clair County, according to Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg also told reporters that Heidi's mother was "brutally beaten" and is hospitalized. Police say she described her attacker as a skinny Hispanic man, between 25 and 30 years old with short hair and dressed in all gray.

The mayor says the man in the drawing was seen in the neighborhood in the days before the girl disappeared.

The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her discovery.

"This is a blessing, this has nothing do with luck", Oliver said during a press conference Wednesday night."The good lord put me in the place, as well as the fire chief, that we needed to be to take care of the little girl". They are not sure if Heidi would be with him or even if he was at the home, but investigators said he was in the area and may know something at very least.

"We are looking for her, every nook and cranny, divers in the lake, helicopters", he said.

State and federal officials have joined officers and firefighters searching for the missing Johns Island girl.

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The mother is in fair condition at the hospital.

"What could have been a great tragedy has turned into a great joy", Tecklenburg said. The girl's father is in the Coast Guard and was training at the time of Todd's disappearance, the newspaper reported.

Tecklenburg said investigators are searching "everywhere" and aren't sure whether or not the child could have been taken in a vehicle.

"We will continue searching in this area and expand out until we find Heidi", Taylor said.

They had been called to the property when she failed to pick up Heidi's siblings at school.

"How do you sleep when there's a 4-year-old missing?" she said.

Anyone with information about this case may call the Charleston Police Department's tip line at 843-619-6123.