Thomas Lawton Evans new mug shot (copy)

A booking photo on Feb. 15, 2018, shows Thomas Lawton Evans, a suspect in the kidnapping of a 4-year-old girl from Johns Island. Madison County Detention Center/Provided

The man suspected of abducting 4-year-old Heidi Todd after brutally beating her mother on Johns Island is expected to face additional charges sometime this week in state court, a prosecutor said Monday.

The development followed Thomas Lawton Evans Jr.'s first appearance in Charleston federal court where he opted to waive any request for bail.

He wore jeans and a T-shirt emblazoned with an American flag during his initial appearance in front of Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant in U.S. District Court.

He will remain behind bars while awaiting trial on a federal kidnapping charge. Evans also waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Assistant U.S. Public Defender Ann Walsh is assigned to the case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams said during the proceeding the "facts of the case" warrant Evans being held without bail. Members of Heidi's family watched in the courtroom but they said nothing.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said afterward that Evans also would appear in state court this week but she would not discuss what charges he would face.

"There's conduct that is alleged that is not covered by federal statute. So we want to make sure that all the allegations are covered," she said.

Evans, 37, is accused of attacking Heidi's mother Feb. 13 as she returned to her Johns Island home with three of her children. Evans then took Heidi but left her mother and two younger siblings behind, authorities said.

Amid a frantic search, police rescued Heidi the next day in Alabama. Evans was arrested a short time later driving a stolen Chevrolet Impala in Mississippi.

Authorities said he had targeted the family at random. Badly beaten and suffering bleeding on her brain, Heidi's mother was released from a hospital two weeks later.

Since Evans waived a challenge to his extradition during the week of his arrest, his status remained uncertain as local officials anticipated his transfer to a Charleston-area jail. The U.S. Marshals Service had custody of Evans but the federal officials would not say where he was being held.

Evans, a felon, was released from state prison Feb. 1 to serve the rest of a 10-year sentence on community supervision in the Upstate. But within two days of Heidi's abduction, he wound up in Berkeley County with a woman's car. Deputies encountered him there as he searched for gas but they said they had no reason to arrest him at the time. An attempt to check on the woman at her Spartanburg County home was fruitless.

After the kidnapping, her car was found abandoned in Georgia, where officials said Evans stole the Impala. The whereabouts of the woman have remained uncertain.

Andrew Knapp contributed to this report. Reach Angie Jackson at 843-937-5705. Follow her on Twitter at @angiejackson23

Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.