Missing toddler found safe in Indiana, father in custody

NOW: Missing toddler found safe in Indiana, father in custody

SOUTH MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A toddler from South Milwaukee is rescued after police say she was kidnapped with a knife held to her throat. 

Police said her father, 30-year-old Kenneth Brown, took 2-year-old Kendra Faith Brown from her home just before 7:00 Tuesday night. He is now in police custody.

According to authorities, Kenneth Brown does not have legal custody of the little girl. Investigators say he also stole a minivan from the home. Indiana law enforcement says Brown refused to pull over for police in Illinois four hours later but was able to get away.

The police pursuit in Indiana lasted about an hour and ended on I-65 in Indiana. Police say Brown was speeding over 90 mph at times. After going through a roadblock Brown continued to evade police until he suddenly slammed on the breaks and was rear-ended by a squad car and surrounded.

Brown was holding a knife to the child's throat as officers negotiated with him. Brown handed to the child to an officer through the window and attempted to do bodily harm to himself. Officers subdued Brown and gave him first aid. He sustained life-threatening injuries.

2-year-old Kendra had a few cuts and bruises but was in good condition.

At least two squad cars were damaged during the chase in Indiana. 

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