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AMBER Alert abduction person of interest walks FREE after posting bond, though judge said he was indigent

A person of interest in the abduction of a missing 3-year-old Alabama girl was released from custody after posting bond for an unrelated child pornography case.

WIAT reported that Patrick Stallworth, 39, was released from custody early Thursday after posting $500,000. It’s unclear how Stallworth obtained the money as District Judge Katrina Ross wrote in court documents filed Thursday that Stallworth is indigent and doesn’t have the funds to hire a lawyer.

Police have identified Stallworth and his girlfriend, Derick Brown, 29, as persons of interest in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Kamille McKinney. McKinney 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.

[Image: Patrick Stallworth, Derick Brown/Handout]
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Police apprehended Patrick Stallworth, 39, and his girlfriend, Derick Brown, 29, at the Woodside Condominiums in Center Point on Sunday night. A vehicle sought in the ongoing investigation was reportedly also found at the residence.

On Tuesday, Stallworth was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of child pornography with the intent to distribute after photos of underage girls were allegedly discovered on his phone.

Stallworth’s next court date is scheduled for November 12. Meanwhile, his girlfriend is being held without bond in connection with a 2018 abduction case involving the Department of Human Resources and 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 is urged to 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]