Search Continues For 3-Year-Old Alabama Girl Who Authorities Fear Was Snatched From Birthday Party

Authorities in Alabama stated Wednesday that 3-year-old Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney had been found safe, but those reports proved false.

By Dorian Geiger
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Two persons of interest questioned in the disappearance of a 3-year-old Alabama girl face charges, but not ones directly related to the child's suspected abduction.

Meanwhile, Birmingham authorities continue the search for Kamille McKinney.

Patrick Stallworth, 39, was arrested by detectives on four outstanding warrants of possession of child pornogrphy and three warrants for possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, according to online court records. He’s being held on a $500,000 bond. Derrick Irisha Brown, 29, was also booked and held without bond for violating her probation terms on an earlier kidnapping charge, court documents also showed. 

Stallworth and Brown have both been questioned on McKinney’s disappearance, ABC News reported. However, neither have been referred to as suspects in the disappearance. 

Earlier on Wednesday, officials from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office mistakenly claimed McKinney had been found, according to WKRG. The family was also led to believe that authorities had their daughter. But about an hour later, Sheriff Mark Pettway confirmed the reports were false and that he had received misformation from one of his deputies.

Police had descended on a Birmingham neighborhood Wednesday morning and set up a perimeter following a bounty hunter tip related to McKinney’s disappearance. However, the child's whereabouts, as of Wednesday afternoon, remain unknown. 

"She might not even remember who you are, so if you have any heart, please let her go," Jasmaine Deloach of Angel Arms Operation Exploited and Missing Persons in Birmingham pleaded during a vigil for McKinney on Monday evening, according to ABC News.

"She's a little kid that barely probably can even say what color you are,” Deloach added. "I do not want you to harm her. Don't have any kind of hate in your heart to hurt that child. We're asking and we're begging and we're pleading ... bring this baby home."

Police believe the young girl, nicknamed “Cupcake” by her family, was abducted from a birthday party around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. She supposedly had been playing with other children shortly before going missing.

Authorities initially believed that an SUV, driven by a white woman and a black man, which had been spotted in the neighborhood around the time of the suspected kidnapping, could have been related to McKinney’s disappearance. The Toyota’s occupants allegedly were trying to lure children with sweets, according WVTM. Nearby residents recalled witnessing a woman ushering a young girl into the dark-colored vehicle, which later drove off. Police released photos of the vehicle and later tracked it down along with one of the persons of interest. It’s unclear if the SUV belonged to Stallworth or Brown.

Dominic McKinney, the girl’s father, learned around 9 p.m. on Saturday that his daughter had vanished. He supposedly scoured the neighborhood for the entire night without any luck, even investigating empty properties, AL.com reported.

“I won’t stop,” the father of four told the news outlet. “If anybody sees my Cupcake, please bring me my Cupcake back home. She’s got a lot of people who care about her.”

The father was perplexed as to why someone would snatch his daughter.

“She’s scared, she’s lonely, she doesn’t know what’s going on,” he added. “She’s just a baby. Whatever the situation is, whatever they’ve got going on, it don’t concern her.”

The FBI, which is also investigating McKinney’s disappearance, said the toddler was supposedly wearing shorts and a pink T-shirt with a leopard print graphic of Mickey Mouse at the time she went missing. She wasn’t wearing shoes. She’s described as having black hair, brown eyes, and is roughly three feet tall. 

"We want to make sure that her picture — her face — is out there in the media so that everyone, even in the surrounding states, knows who she is," Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said on Monday, NBC News reported.

Smith noted the Amber Alert for McKinney had been expanded to several other nearby states.

“An abduction like this, a child just being taken off the street, is in no way common to the city of Birmingham,’’ Deputy Police Chief Scott Praytor said, according to AL.com. “We’re trying to make sure we get this child back to her family.”

“We’re pulling out all the stops to find out what happened to Kamille,” he added.

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