The body of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who was abducted from a birthday party in Birmingham 10 days ago, has been found.

Her body was found in a dumpster in a landfill during a routine search by the Birmingham Police and FBI agents on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 22. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said during a press conference on that same day that BPD plans to charge 29-year-old Derick Irisha Brown and 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth with kidnapping and capital murder.

Stallworth was arrested after children at the birthday party identified his Toyota Sequoia as a car that was prowling Tom Brown Village Apartments, offering candy to kids. After his arrest, Stallworth was charged with seven counts of child pornography and possession with intent to distribute child pornography, once Birmingham Police found incriminating photos on his cell phone. Authorities said none of the photos were of McKinney.

“It only takes a split second,” Smith said. “We can no longer assume everyone is part of the village trying to raise the child.”

Brown, who is said to be dating Stallworth and goes by an alias of Quentesa Jackson, is still being held without bond after authorities attempted to revoke her bond from a similar case from 2018, wherein she was accused of abducting her three children from the Alabama Department of Human Resources’ custody. Why her children were in DHR’s custody is not of public knowledge.

“To the family of Kamille, I speak on behalf of all the residents of this city … your pain, your grief, your tears, you anger, your sadness, your many questions, your pain is not ignored,” Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin said. “Your cries for help have not gone unanswered and will not go unanswered. It’s a sad day for Kamille’s family. This is a very sad say for our entire community.”

There is still no clear answer as to why McKinney was abducted and killed.

“We believe this is something they thought about and acted upon and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, which they did, and our further investigation will reveal whatever actions were taken after that,” Smith said.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight, we’re a city in mourning.</p>
<p>Kamille Mckinney is gone. Ripped away from her family. The pain her family is enduring right now is unimaginable.</p>
<p>Know that whomever perpetrated this crime will be brought to justice and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.</p>
<p>— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) <a href="">October 23, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

According to Smith, Stallworth was taken into custody about an hour ago. He added that there is no known link between Stallworth and Brown and McKinney’s family. He also clarified that the Birmingham Police requested that McKinney’s mother not appear in front of the media.

“We did not see the benefit of throwing the mother in front of the camera,” Smith said.

WVUA 23 will report more on this story as information becomes available. In the meantime, Woodfin offered words of condolence and grief, urging the public, the media and law enforcement to keep the McKinney family and Birmingham community in their prayers.

“I ask every member of this community to stand in solidarity with this family,” Woodfin said. “Please uplift this family, uplift your own families.”

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