Two young Rapid City girls were kidnapped by their non-custodial father Wednesday night after police say he brutally beat their mother.
The children were found about 45 minutes after an Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning.
Skye Burnham-Endicott, 27, is facing kidnapping and aggravated assault charges after investigators say he threatened to drown one-month-old Layla Tuttle and one-year-old Tayloni Burnham-Endicott, and kill their mother.
"Aside from a domestic violence homicide, this is one of the most brutal, terrorizing domestic violence incidents that I've been a part of," Assistant Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris said.
Police say Burnham-Endicott assaulted the mother of the children at the Knollwood Town Houses around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.
"The assault was brutal. He assaulted the children’s mother, stomping on her head, kicking her entire body and he choked her and cut her including stabbing here in the leg with a knife," Jegeris said.
Police say Burnham-Endicott also threatened to drown the children and even started filling a bath tub before kidnapping one-year-old Tayloni and one-month-old Layla.
"Witnesses advised Burnham-Endicott left the scene with two small children prior to the arrival of law enforcement," Jegeris said.
Police started canvassing the neighborhood early Thursday morning before sending out a phone call to 1,200 residents in the area. After that didn't produce results, they sent out the statewide Amber Alert and 45 minutes later officers found Burnham-Endicott and the two children in a different town home in the complex.
"The children are safe and have been returned to their mother," Jegeris said.
Authorities are still investigating the case and haven't said whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
The mother of the children did not want to be taken to the hospital despite the brutal assault.