FOUND SAFE: Authorities recover Johns Island toddler in Alabama


An emotional Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg confirmed Wednesday night that the toddler missing from Johns Island was found safe in Alabama.

Tecklenburg said 4-year-old Heidi Todd was rescued from an abductor in Riverside, Alabama, Wednesday afternoon.

“We give God the glory and our thanks that all our prayers have been answered, and in fact, Heidi Todd is safe in the hands of the FBI,” Tecklenburg said, his voice breaking. “What could have been a day of great tragedy has turned out to be a day of great joy.”

A crowd that had gathered for a vigil for the missing child erupted in cheers as Tecklenburg made the announcement.

He said a police chief in Alabama stopped a suspect and managed to get the girl out of the suspect’s vehicle.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson identified the suspect as 37-year-old Thomas

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