Upstate man to be sentenced in child kidnapping


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WSPA) — An Upstate man who attacked a mother and kidnapped her 4-year-old daughter will soon learn his fate.

Thomas Evans Jr. will be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday.

The Boiling Springs man pleaded guilty in September to kidnapping, transportation of a minor to engage in sexual activity and aggravated sex abuse. 

Prosecutors say Evans followed a family to their home on Johns Island, S.C. in February 2018 where he brutally assaulted a woman and kidnapped her child. 

The 4-year-old girl was located by Alabama police. Prosecutors say Evans led officers on a chase before he was apprehended in Jackson, Miss. 

Evans reportedly told investigators that he stabbed Sharon Hayden at a Spartanburg County home days before the kidnapping. 

WCSC reports that Evans claimed he and Hayden got into a fight and he stabbed her.

Evans “believed she had a collapsed lung, went into the woods near her Spartanburg home and died. Both Hayden’s mother and daughter have gone public with pleas to try and find her, but Evans has told investigators he doesn’t know where the woman’s body is,” according to WCSC.

Evans has not been charged in Hayden’s disappearance. 

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