'Soulless, sorry excuse for a human being': SC man gets life for kidnapping, abusing girl

A man will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl who was abducted and driven to Alabama after a violent attack on her mother at her South Carolina home.

Media outlets report federal Judge David Norton called 37-year-old Thomas Evans a "soulless, sorry excuse for a human being" as he ordered him to serve three life sentences for his February 2018 crimes.

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Prosecutors say Evans followed the mother and daughter to their Johns Island home, kidnapping the girl after attacking her mother. Authorities say the girl escaped in Riverside, Alabama, after a railroad crew spotted Evans asleep in his car.

Evans was arrested in Mississippi after a police chase.

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