During a press conference on Wednesday, Alabama police urged anyone who may have an abducted 3-year-old to return the girl to her family.
Birmingham police Chief Patrick Smith said that an unknown person may have Kamille McKinney but is “frightened” and doesn’t know what to do. In an appeal to that person, Smith said they have “safe passage” to bring the toddler to a firehouse or police station.
Smith said they’re investigating the possibility that McKinney is being moved around. Authorities also announced during Wednesday’s press conference that a reward for information leading to McKinney’s safe return has increased from $11,000 to $25,000.
On Wednesday afternoon, police cordoned off an area in the 2700 block of Jefferson amid their ongoing search for McKinney, who vanished Saturday night during a birthday party in Birmingham. Children who were also at the party reportedly said that a man who was handing out candy put the barefoot toddler in a Toyota Sequoia and drove off.
On Sunday evening, police detained two persons of interest, Patrick Stallworth, 39, and his girlfriend, Derick Brown, 29, at the Woodside Condominiums in Center Point. A vehicle sought in the ongoing investigation was reportedly also found at the residence.
Stallworth remains in custody on an unrelated child pornography charge. Authorities are in the process of keeping Brown detained on an unrelated 2018 abduction case involving her three children.
McKinney was described as being approximately 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds, and having brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a pink and leopard-print Minnie Mouse shirt with leopard-print shorts. She was also wearing blue, white, and yellow hair bows.
Anyone with information regarding Kamille McKinney’s whereabouts should call the Birmingham Police Department tipline at 205-297-8413 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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[Featured image: Kamille McKinney/Alabama Law Enforcement]