Thomas Lawton Evans, the man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl after brutally beating the child’s mother in their Johns Island home last month, now faces seven additional charges, including one that alleges criminal sexual conduct.
Evans, 37, of Charleston County, previously had been accused of kidnapping in a federal criminal complaint detailing allegations that he attacked Brittany Todd with a knife on Feb. 13 as she returned home from bringing two of her children to school and fled with 4-year-old Heidi Todd.
On Wednesday, additional charges were revealed for the first time after a court appearance in which Evans waived a bond hearing.
Evans faces state charges of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, armed robbery, 1st degree burglary, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.
The Post and Courier newspaper, citing affidavits, reported that investigators found evidence the mother had been sexually assaulted.
Evans, who allegedly forced his way into the home about 8:30 a.m., is accused of holding the woman captive for about an hour before fleeing the home with the 4-year-old and the woman’s purse, reported Live 5 News.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has characterized the attack and kidnapping as random and said there is no connection between Evans and the Todd family.
In spite of 14 disciplinary actions, Evans had been released from prison on “community supervision” on Feb. 1 after serving most of a 10-year sentence for armed robbery, 2nd degree robbery and drug possession charges.
He was supposed to be in Spartanburg County, but several days before the kidnapping, he was seen in Berkeley County driving a black Honda Civic belonging to Sharon Nannette Hayden of Boiling Springs.
Hayden’s mother posted on Facebook that her daughter is missing.
Evans allegedly stole a blue Chevy Impala from a home in Rutledge, Georgia, where he left Hayden’s car after the kidnapping.
Evans is being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, according to the Charleston Police news release.