Kamille McKinney, the missing 3-year-old Alabama girl who was kidnapped during a birthday party on October 12, has been found dead following a massive search that involved local, state, and federal authorities.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said McKinney’s body was discovered in a dumpster located in Birmingham, the same city where she vanished days earlier. The details surrounding her death are unknown at this point in time, but Smith said Patrick Stallworth, 39, and Derick Brown, 29, the two persons of interest they took into custody a day after McKinney’s disappearance, will be charged with capital murder.
Smith said the dumpster McKinney was found in was located near the Woodside Condominiums in Center Point, where authorities picked up Stallworth and Brown a day after McKinney’s disappearance.
McKinney was last seen alive at the Tom Brown Village public housing community on October 12 at around 8:30 p.m. Children who were also at the party McKinney attended reportedly said that a man handed out candy before putting the barefoot toddler in a Toyota Sequoia and driving off.
The police chief said McKinney’s mother didn’t make any public pleas for her daughter’s safe return at the request of law enforcement. He explained that they kept the mother from the media because they had clear suspects in this case.
Stallworth, who was charged with child pornography in a separate case after McKinney vanished, was out on bail when the toddler’s body was discovered. He was reportedly rearrested an hour before Birmingham police held their 9:00 pm (EST) press conference.
Brown remains jailed after her bond was revoked in an unrelated 2018 abduction case involving the Department of Human Resources and her three children.
Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that Smith was arrested for child pornography after McKinney’s disappearance, and rearrested after her body was found. This story has been updated to say that Stallworth was the person who was arrested on child pornography charges.
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[Featured image: Kamille McKinney/Alabama Law Enforcement]