Police said on Tuesday night, Oct. 22, that the remains of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney who had been missing for 10 days were found inside of a dumpster at a landfill in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to the Birmingham Police Department, police recovered the little girl’s body in a dumpster, not far from where she was last seen, after searching through 12 tons of trash collected in the area for the past several days, WEAR ABC 3 News reported.
The department said two people of interest, 39-year-old Patrick Stallworth and 29-year-old Derick Brown, will be charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection to the case. Both of them were taken into custody. Police will continue to investigate.
Kamille was abducted on Oct. 12 near a Birmingham housing area when she attended a birthday party. Police believed the last image of the toddler was from surveillance footage showing her playing outside the apartment complex with another toddler.
“It only takes a split second. We can no longer assume that everyone is a part of the village that’s trying to raise the child. We cannot take those things for granted,” said Police Chief Patrick Smith.
Smith said their investigation has not revealed any connection between the suspects and Kamille or her family. He believed the suspects planned the crime and acted upon the opportunity to take a young child.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin assured the community “the perpetrator of this crime will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”