JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. - It's official: the Jefferson County Coroner has confirmed the remains found in a landfill in the Birmingham area belong to Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney. Police were searching through 12 tons of trash.
Bill Yates, the Chief Deputy Coroner released a statement on Wednesday saying the death of the 3-year-old is being investigated as a homicide.
McKinney had been missing since Oct. 12, when she disappeared from a public housing project in Birmingham where a birthday party was being held.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said kidnapping and murder charges would be placed against Derick Brown and Patrick Stallworth.
Our news partner AL.com reports police arrested Stallworth and impounded his Toyota SUV after he was identified as a man seen in surveillance footage at an Avondale store near the time of Kamille’s abduction. His vehicle matched the description given by other children in the area at the time who said a man had been handing candy to neighborhood kids
Stallworth was charged with seven counts of child porn after police found images on his cell phone during the abduction investigation. He was released from jail on $500,000 bond and was taken back into custody Tuesday night. Several people used the value of their properties to help Stallworth make bail.
Brown has been held without bond since authorities filed a motion to revoke her bond in a 2018 case in which she is accused of abducting her own children from DHR custody at gunpoint.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin hosted a vigil for Kamille Wednesday afternoon at Linn Park.
Countless flames, countless people all looking to each other with more questions than answers.
Purple ribbons covered Linn Park and so did bits and pieces of Cupcake's life.
Police Chief Patrick Smith told the crowd his department did everything they could. And still it's not enough. But he did challenge everyone to make sure this world doesn't lose another Cupcake too soon.
"I need each and every one of you to make a commitment to this city, this state, and this nation to be the guardians of hope of tomorrow. As chief of police, I feel I need to deputize each and every one of you here. So that we all hold true to the Kamille McKinney story."
The Tom Brown Village where Cupcake went missing from will hold a vigil at 8 p.m. Wednesday night.