Authorities believe they have found the body of missing Kamille McKinney, the toddler kidnapped while attending a birthday party earlier this month.
According to ABC News, police say they recovered a body from a dumpster in Birmingham, Alabama, not far from where the 3-year-old disappeared nine days ago.
The Birmingham Police Department also said it plans to charge suspects Patrick Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, with capital murder and kidnapping.
The pair were arrested last week – Stallworth on child porn charges and Brown for violating probation conditions on a previous kidnapping charge – and have now become the primary suspects in Kamille’s murder.
“We believe that this was something they thought about and acted upon and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, and they did,” Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told reporters Tuesday.
“I would like to thank the public for all of the information, all of the tips, all of the video and for their cooperation with this police department during the course of this investigation.”
Kamille was taken from a housing area in Birmingham on October 12, sparking a widespread search to get her back.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said yesterday: “Tonight our entire city is in mourning. Kamille is gone.
“At this moment that we’re standing in, I ask one thing of this community: not to take sides and not to finger point. But if there is any finger pointing to do it is only at the perpetrator, who would kidnap an innocent 3-year-old.”
Rest in peace, little Kamille, we hope you’re at peace now.
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