Suspects Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown will be charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection with Kamille's disappearance and death.
The body of Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney, the 3-year-old girl who was abducted in Birmingham from a birthday party on Oct. 12, was found inside a dumpster at a landfill, according to WVTM 13. Police Chief Patrick Smith confirmed the same on Tuesday night. Smith also added that two persons of interest detained early on in the search, Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown, will be charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection with Kamille's disappearance and death.
BREAKING: The body of 3-year-ole Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was found today in a dumpster. This is not the resolution we were hoping for. I think the entire community is heartbroken tonight. pic.twitter.com/GKbqFkJccz— Sarah Killian (@SarahWVTM13) October 23, 2019
Stallworth was jailed on child porn charges and later released on a $500,000 bond. His attorney, however, revealed that his client was "outraged" to have his name linked to a kidnapping case. Brown, who was arrested on kidnapping charges in 2018, remains in jail without bond for probation revocation. Smith then added that there is no relation between the suspects and Kamille and her family.
Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown expected to be charged with capital murder in the disappearance and death of 3-year-old Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney https://t.co/EgicGvN5NI pic.twitter.com/jciqTAjxcz— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) October 23, 2019
"They saw an opportunity to take a young child, and they did," Smith said. He then spoke about how the discovery of her body has marked a tragic end to a massive search that has kept Birmingham, and all of Alabama, on edge for nearly two weeks. He also spoke about the message this incident has sent. "This young child has touched a nation," Smith said. "This young child has definitely sent a message across the nation that we all must be diligent to protect [children]."
BREAKING: The Birmingham Police Department say they have found the remains of a child believed to be three-year-ole Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.— ShakariSBriggs (@ShakariSBriggs) October 23, 2019
The remains were found in a landfill on Tuesday. This is a developing story. #KamilleMcKinney #Birmingham pic.twitter.com/tgiGNmD3Rc
Mayor Randall Woodfin asked the city to rally around the McKinney family. "Tonight our entire city is mourning," Woodfin said. "Kamille is gone, ripped away from her family. The pain her family is enduring is unimaginable." He also added, "know that whoever perpetrated this grisly crime upon this family will be brought to justice and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And to the family of Kamille, know that your pain, your tears, your anger, your sadness, and your many questions will not be ignored. Your cries for help will not go unanswered."
My heart is broken and I’m just SICK for the family and loved ones of Kamille Cupcake McKinney! Heartbreaking and awful. Pray for this family and community. 😢💔— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) October 23, 2019
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also expressed his sorrows: “Given the tragic news that is breaking this evening, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Kamille’s family. I offer profound thanks to law enforcement and to all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly in search of this precious little girl. The heart of our state is broken, but we must do all we can to avoid this happening to another family. Our prayers remain with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare.”
Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney is 3 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with a Minnie Mouse leopard print design, according to the Amber Alert. https://t.co/8CQyBlj4iP— CNN (@CNN) October 18, 2019
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Cupcake’s family right now. This is an unimaginable tragedy and the entire city is feeling the pain of this senseless death. Along with law enforcement, thousands of people came out to try and find Cupcake and shared information that might lead to her being found. On behalf of the Birmingham City Council, I’m offering my sincere condolences to her family and all who knew her," added Birmingham City Council President William Parker.
PLEASE SHARE: These are new photos of Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney, who was kidnapped Saturday in Birmingham. The search to find her is expanding. More new pics and the latest here: https://t.co/ai2UsQinlt pic.twitter.com/9V7GacgPFG— WHNT News 19 (@whnt) October 14, 2019