On Thursday, authorities in Alabama announced they officially charged two suspects with capital murder two days after a 3-year-old girl who was missing for 10 days was found dead in a dumpster.
In a statement issued to CrimeOnline, Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr said they have charged Patrick Stallworth, 39, and his girlfriend, Derick Brown, 29, in the death of Kamille McKinney. Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive in the toddler’s kidnapping and murder.
McKinney was last seen alive on October 12 at a birthday party that was being held at the Tom Brown Village public housing community in Birmingham. Children who also attended the party reportedly said a man was handing out candy before he put the barefoot toddler in a Toyota Sequoia and drove off.
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Though the toddler’s body was reportedly discarded in a dumpster at the Woodside Condominiums in Center Point, the statement explained that her body was discovered at the Santek Waste Services Landfill in Gardendale on Tuesday at 5:16 p.m. Hours later, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told reporters that they sifted through 12 tons of garbage that was picked up around the city and sent to the landfill, where they made the grisly discovery.
In a statement issued to CrimeOnline on Wednesday, Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates confirmed that McKinney’s death was a homicide. However, the toddler’s cause of death remains a mystery.
Stallworth and Brown were taken into custody at the condos a day after McKinney’s disappearance. The Toyota Sequoia that was sought in the investigation was reportedly located at their residence.
While in custody as a person of interest, Stallworth was charged with multiple counts of child pornography after investigators reportedly found photos of young girls on his phone. They said the images did not show the missing toddler.
Stallworth bailed himself out of jail on October 16. Birmingham police rearrested him shortly after the discovery of McKinney’s body on Tuesday afternoon. WIAT reported that Stallworth has no prior felony convictions, but he had pleaded guilty to marijuana possession charges in 2004 and 2013.
Brown has remained in custody since October 13 as authorities filed a motion to revoke her bond in an unrelated 2018 abduction case involving her three children and the Department of Human Resources.
Stallworth and Brown reportedly have no connection to the slain toddler or her family. They are being transported to the Jefferson County jail, where they will remain without bond.
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[Featured image: Kamille McKinney/Facebook]