Two children are back with their mother in Rapid City following their abduction Wednesday night from a North Rapid townhouse, an incident that authorities say included a brutal beating of the woman and prompted law enforcement officers to issue Rapid City’s first Amber Alert.
After an all-night search that included several residences and a door-to-door canvas, authorities found the children, a 1 month old and a 1 year old, with their biological father, Skye Burnham-Endicott, 27, of Rapid City, at about 8:50 a.m. mountain time Thursday. Burnham-Endicott, who sometimes uses the name Eddie Little, is facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, domestic violence and possibly other charges.
Rapid Police Department Assistant Chief Karl Jegeris said during a news conference that the assault on the children’s mother was one of the worst cases of domestic violence he has seen.
“The assault was brutal. He assaulted the children’s mother, stomping and kicking her entire body and head, choked her, cut her neck and stabbed her in the leg with a knife,” Jegeris said. “He then took the children, stating that he was going to drown them, then kill her and kill himself. When he eventually fled with the children, one was wearing only a diaper.”
Jegeris said the children were “at great risk,” and that Burnham-Endicott at one point tried to fill the bathtub at the townhouse with water as he was threatening to drown the children. Burnham-Endicott also “indicated that he would kill law enforcement if approached,” Jegeris said.
But Burnham-Endicott cooperated with officers when they found him Thursday morning.
Despite her injuries, which authorities said were serious but not life threatening, the woman declined transport to the hospital for treatment. She told authorities that her first concern was the safety of her children.
The incident occurred at Knollwood Townhouses in North Rapid City about a block south of Interstate 90 and two blocks south of the Rushmore Mall. The children and Burnham-Endicott were found in the same complex of townhouses but in a different building from where authorities said the abduction occurred.
Jegeris said 30 or 40 officers from the Rapid City Police Department, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation worked on the case. At about 6 a.m., more than 1,200 homes were called in the neighborhood through a service called A Child is Missing.
“We felt it was important to wake up the neighborhood to get their assistance and to be on alert,” Jegeris said.
The Amber Alert was issued at about 8 a.m. by DCI in Pierre, sending information on the suspect and victims quickly across the state and nation through media and social media outlets.