Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney buried on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, and two people were charged in her slaying.
Three-year-old McKinney died from asphyxiation by suffocation the same day she was kidnapped from a birthday party in Birmingham, Alabama, about 8:30 p.m., Oct. 12.
McKinney was taken by a man who grabbed her and took off in an SUV, children at the party said.
Her body was found on Tuesday, Oct. 22 ,inside a dumpster in Birmingham, Alabama, after searching through 12 tons of trash collected in the area for the past several days, WEAR ABC 3 News reported.
A vehicle matching the description of the SUV that McKinney was allegedly taken in led to police taking Patrick Stallworth, 39, and Derick Brown, 29, into custody on Oct. 20, authorities said.
Stallworth and Brown were formally charged with the capital murder of a child under the age of 14, AL.com reported.
If both are convicted, they could face the death penalty. Both are being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones read the suspects’ capital murder warrants during a court hearing on Friday that included details of the 3-year-old’s cause of death.
When asked if he had any questions, Stallwaorth told the judge: “I don’t understand why I was charged with the murder of this child.” The judge told him a lawyer would explain the charges to him.
Before Brown and Stallworth were charged with murder, both were held on charges in unrelated cases, police said.
Child pornography was found on Stallworth’s phone and he was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute.
Brown was also held on probation revocation with no bond for an unrelated kidnapping.