Two Alabama suspects have been indicted for the kidnapping and death of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who was found murdered in 2019.
Al.com reports that Patrick Stallworth, 40, and Derick Irisha Brown, 30, were indicted on capital murder during a kidnapping and capital murder of a child under the age of 14 charges. They’re also facing federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap a minor.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Stallworth and Brown are accused of abducting McKinney from a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village public housing community in Birmingham on October 12, 2019. Witnesses claimed a man handing out candy was spotting putting Kamille, barefoot, in his car.
The toddler was thrown lifeless in a dumpster at the Woodside Condominiums in Center Point, where Stallworth and Brown lived. Kamille’s body was later discovered at the Santek Waste Services Landfill in Gardendale on October 22, 2019.
An examination revealed that McKinney died shortly after her abduction from asphyxiation by suffocation. The toddler had toxic levels of methamphetamine and Trazodone, an anti-depressant, in her system. Stallworth reportedly had a prescription for Trazodone but claimed Brown was stealing his pills and taking them with meth.
According to court testimony, Stallworth purchased an energy drink and a pill for erectile dysfunction at a local convenience store on the night of McKinney’s abduction.
Brown’s lawyers claimed Stallworth’s DNA was recovered from under McKinney’s fingernails but hers was not. However, a plastic mattress covering seized from the couple’s apartment was said to have blood belonging to Stallworth, Brown, and McKinney.
Stallworth reportedly alleged he entered his apartment and found Brown with McKinney. He said Brown asked him to sexually assault the child but he refused. Conversely, Brown said she witnessed Stallworth sexually assault the toddler. Both suspects allegedly turned on each other when questioned by investigators.
Prosecutors said the state of McKinney’s body made it impossible to determine whether she suffered any sexual trauma.
Stallworth was also charged with multiple counts of child pornography after investigators reportedly found photos of young girls on his phone. Authorities said the images did not depict McKinney.
Brown has pending kidnapping charges for a 2018 incident involving her three children and the Department of Human Resources. AL.com reported that Brown had lost custody of her three children for putting them in a clothes dryer as punishment.
Brown and Stallworth remain jailed. A preliminary hearing in regard to the state charges is scheduled for December 10.
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[Featured Photo: Kamille McKinney/Facebook]
*Additional reporting by Jacquelyn Gray*