Birmingham police said they’ve found what they believe to be the remains of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who was kidnapped 10 days ago while at a birthday party.
Kamille’s body was found in a dumpster, Police Chief Patrick Smith said in a media briefing Tuesday night. He said police, along with the FBI, found her remains in a landfill. Police had been combing through trash in one area and made the discovery Tuesday evening. The dumpster, Smith said, was not far from the apartment complex where police found the suspects.
Police will seek warrants Wednesday for kidnapping and capital murder against two people, Patrick Stallworth, a suspect detained early in the search by police, and Derick Irisha Brown. Stallworth bonded out of the Jefferson County Jail early Thursday morning after being held on child pornography charges. Police arrested Stallworth again Tuesday evening. Both Stallworth and Brown are in police custody.
Police arrested Stallworth the day after Kamille’s disappearance and impounded his blue Toyota SUV. Other children in the area where Kamille was abducted described Stallworth’s Toyota Sequoia and identified him as a man who had been giving candy to kids at Tom Brown Village.
Police say they don’t believe there’s a connection or relationship between Stallworth and Brown to Kamille’s family.
Smith said that Kamille’s death is a lesson learned. “It only takes a split second. We can no longer assume that everyone is a part of the village that’s trying to raise the child.”
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the tragedy hits Kamille’s parents the hardest.
“They’re not mourning alone,” Woodfin said. “Tonight, our entire city is mourning.”
Tonight, we’re a city in mourning.
Kamille Mckinney is gone. Ripped away from her family. The pain her family is enduring right now is unimaginable.
Know that whomever perpetrated this crime will be brought to justice and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) October 23, 2019
Woodfin vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. The mayor went on to urge the community to stand in solidarity beside Kamille’s family.
“I ask one thing of this community — not to take sides, not to finger-point, but if there is any finger-pointing to do it’s only at the perpetrator who would kidnap an innocent 3-year-old,” he said.
Gov. Kay Ivey offered her condolences to Kamille’s family.
The heart of our state is broken, but our resolve must be to do everything we can to avoid this tragedy from happening to another family. Our prayers are with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare.
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) October 23, 2019