Authorities say an Alabama toddler could be in “extreme danger” after she was allegedly kidnapped during a birthday party over the weekend, AL.com reports.
Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was outside the Tom Brown Village apartment complex in Birmingham with other children when the kidnapping occurred.
A sports utility vehicle pulled up with a man and woman inside. The man got out, put McKinney in the SUV and then left the scene, according to witnesses.
Kamille is described as a black female with brown eyes and black hair. She weighs approximately 60 pounds and is about 3 feet tall. At the time of the abduction, McKinney was wearing a pink and leopard print Minnie Mouse shirt with leopard shorts. She also had hair bows colored blue, white and yellow.
Authorities initially described the SUV as an older, dark-colored Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan bumper. On Sunday, the description was updated to a 2001 to 2006 blue/green Toyota Sequoia with beige trim, occupied by a black female and white male.
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Shortly before midnight, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued an emergency Amber Alert because of the abduction; the alert said McKinney “is believed to be in extreme danger.” Investigators have ruled out a custodial dispute. Both of the girl’s parents and her family were at the apartment complex, according to the newspaper.
Police on Saturday were scouring the scene, searching for evidence using flashlights and examining parked vehicles.
“An abduction like this, a child just being taken off the street, is in no way common to the city of Birmingham,” Birmingham Deputy Chief Scott Praytor told AL.com. “We’re trying to make sure we get this child back to her family.”
“Anytime a 3-year-old is not with their parents, you consider them being in danger.”
Local authorities have been in touch with the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service, according to the newspaper.
Praytor had a message for girl’s captors: “We would ask you to not take this any further. You can take her to a fire station, a police station, a hospital, anywhere you can drop the child off safely so she can be returned to her family.
“We have a family that is very upset, friends that are very upset, a community that is very upset right now,’’ he said. “We will remain on this case until we find Kamille.”
Anyone with information about the case should call Birmingham police at 205-254-0841 or 911.
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[Feature Photo: Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney/Alabama Law Enforcement]