A 3-year-old Alabama girl who was kidnapped and murdered in 2019 had methamphetamine in her body when she was smothered, court testimony revealed on Wednesday.
Patrick Stallworth is on trial for abducting toddler Kamille McKinney from a Birmingham housing community with the help of his girlfriend, Derick Brown. Forensic pathologist Daniel Dye that that the antidepressant Trazodone, Benadryl, and methamphetamine were present in the girl’s body and the drugs contributed to her death, according to WIAT.
McKinney was reportedly smothered. Dye also testified that there was no evidence of her being sexually abused before her death.
The jurors were shown images of McKinney’s body during Wednesday’s court hearing. A white board was used to prevent the media and the toddler’s family from seeing the graphic pictures, which caused some jurors to cry.
At the time of McKinney’s abduction, witnesses claimed a man who was handing out candy put the barefoot toddler in his car and drove off.
McKinney’s body was reportedly discarded in a dumpster at the Woodside Condominiums in Center Point, where Stallworth and Brown lived. Her body was reportedly discovered at the Santek Waste Services Landfill in Gardendale 10 days after her kidnapping.
McKinney is believed to have been killed shortly after her 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.
According to reports, Stallworth stated that 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.
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 was previously charged with kidnapping 2018 incident involving her three children and the Department of Human Resources. Brown had lost custody of her three children for allegedly putting them in a clothes dryer as punishment.
Stallworth is currently standing trial on federal kidnapping charges. He and Brown are also charged in state court with capital murder in connection with McKinney’s death.
Brown’s federal trial is expected to begin on November 14. Brown and Stallworth’s capital murder trials have not been scheduled.
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