BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Latest on the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney (all times local):
Starting the press conference, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said he wished he had good news to share about the whereabouts of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
“It happens to not be that type of press conference,” Smith said,
Smith said that during the course of the investigation, the remains of a 3-year-old girl were found inside a dumpster near the Center Point condominium, where suspects Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown were arrested days after her disappearance.
The remains were recovered inside of a landfill in Jefferson County, where law enforcement had been going through 12 tons of garbage in the surrounding area over the last few days.
“We found the remains of a child that we believe to be Kamille,” Smith said.
Smith said kidnapping and capital murder charges would be placed against Derick Brown and Patrick Stallworth. Stallworth, who had been previously out on bond for child pornography charges in an unrelated case, was arrested tonight.
“Locating the remains were the last pieces of the puzzle that we needed to bring the capital murder charges and the kidnapping charges, which we will seek tomorrow,” Smith said.
Smith thanked the FBI, law enforcement agencies and many volunteers who exhaustively searched for McKinney. However, Smith said the message should not be lost that 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,” Smith said. “We cannot take those things for granted. We must work incredibly hard to do more to save the children in this community. This young child has touched a nation. This child has definitely sent a message across the nation that we all must be diligent to protect them all.”
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin asked every resident in Birmingham to stand in solidarity for McKinney’s family.
“More than ever, this family needs us all,” Woodfin said. “So tonight, we mourn as one.”
Woodfin also took the time to speak to Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney’s family.
“To the family of Kamille, I speak on behalf of all the residents and the city and that we know that your pain, your grief, your tears, your anger, your sadness, your many questions and your pain are not ignored,” Woodfin said.
Woodfin encouraged the community to keep McKinney’s family in their thoughts and prayers.
Taking questions from the media, Smith spoke about potential motive in McKinney’s abduction.
“I can tell you what we believe at this point,” he said. “We believe that this was something that they thought about and acted upon and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, which they did. Our further investigation will reveal whatever actions were taken after that.”
Smith said that from law enforcement has been able to tell, there is no connection between the suspects and McKinney’s family.
Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted her condolences to Kamille’s family.
“Our prayers are with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare,” the tweet read.
Ivey subsequently released the following statement:
“Given the tragic news that is breaking this evening, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Kamille’s family. I offer profound thanks to law enforcement and to all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly in search of this precious little girl. The heart of our state is broken, but we must do all we can to avoid this happening to another family. Our prayers remain with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare.”
Rep. Terri Sewell also sent out her condolences via Twitter.
“Our heart aches for the family of Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney whose precious life is mourned by our entire community,” Sewell wrote. “May we pray that justice is served.”
Heisman winner and former Alabama football player Derrick Henry expressed condolences.
BPD holds press conference
The Birmingham Police Department is holding a press conference in the Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney kidnapping case at 8 p.m. at BPD headquarters.