A couple in Alabama charged by the federal government with the kidnapping and murder of a three-year-old girl have been charged by the state with the death of the little girl.
Patrick Devone Stallworth, 40, and Derick Irisha Brown, 30, were both charged Tuesday with state capital murder in the kidnapping and capital murder of a child under 14.
They face the death penalty if convicted in the Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney case, who was kidnapped at a birthday party in October 2019 and whose disappearance sparked a manhunt for 10 days that captivated the state.
The little girl was found dead in a dumpster with high levels of methamphetamine and sedatives in her systems.
Investigators say they suspected Stallworth and Brown within 24 hours of McKinney’s kidnapping.
Stallworth (right) told investigators he first saw McKinney in the couple’s apartment after Brown (left) reportedly brought the girl home
Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney (pictured) ingested methamphetamine and trazodone, autopsy reports show
In December 2019, a two-and-a-half-hour testimony from homicide detective Jonathan Ross detailed the couple’s actions that led to McKinney’s death.
Ross testified that Stallworth bought $ 81.91 worth of candy from a Shell gas station near the village of Tom Brown, where McKinney lived, and surveillance footage showed him trying to give them to the children.
Phone records placed Stallworth near the village of Tom Brown at the time of the little girl’s abduction.
Within minutes of buying the candy, two tween girls were leaving cheerleading practice at Hayes K-8 school when the couple approached them in a blue SUV, Ross said.
One of the girls, 11, said Stallworth told her ‘I’m looking for a girl who looks like you’ and offered them candy.
Ross said a 10-year-old boy told him McKinney got in the car with the couple and she was crying.
Testimonies also showed Stallworth was purchasing an energy drink and erectile dysfunction pill at a convenience store near his home on the night of the kidnapping.
After hearing the story of the young girls being offered candy, detectives began visiting businesses around Tom Brown Village in hopes of finding additional security footage.
Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney’s disappearance sparked a huge manhunt in October 2019
Patrick Devone Stallworth (left), 40, and Derick Irisha Brown (right), 30, face state and federal charges
The Shell station provided pictures of the blue Toyota Sequoia that belonged to Stallworth and pictures of Stallworth entering the store around noon.
CALENDAR OF KAMILLE’S DISAPPEARANCE
October 12, 2019 – Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney goes missing at a Birmingham playground birthday party at 8:30 p.m.
October 14, 2019 – Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and his girlfriend, 29, Derick Irisha Brown, are arrested on unrelated charges and named as people of interest in Kamille’s disappearance
October 18, 2019 – Police release surveillance footage from the night Kamille was kidnapped, which showed a man approaching her in a park near the Tom Brown social housing projects before leaving with her
October 22, 2019 – Police say Kamille’s remains were found in a trash can at a landfill near where the three-year-old was taken
October 24, 2019 – Police officially charge Stallworth and Brown with capital murder of child under 14
July 29, 2020 – Federal grand jury charges Stallworth and Brown with conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping resulting in the death of a minor victim
August 20, 2020 – Stallworth and Brown both plead not guilty.
January 5, 2021 – Both men are charged by the state with kidnapping and murder. A judge sets the date for the preliminary hearing for March 31.
The suspects were arrested two days after the child’s disappearance on unrelated charges.
Stallworth was charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography after investigators found several photos on his phone – none of which was McKinney.
Brown has been charged with violating probation conditions in an earlier kidnapping case involving his own children.
Brown and Stallworth blame each other.
Ross said Brown told police she saw Stallworth force the child to give him a blowjob in their Center Point apartment.
She claimed she fell asleep and when she woke up the next morning and asked where the child was, he told her she was high.
Ross said Brown said she later saw Stallworth leave the apartment with a trash bag.
Brown gave investigators clues as to where McKinney’s remains were, which led authorities to discover his body in a dumpster.
On October 22, 2019, McKinney’s remains were found and the two men were charged with murder on October 24, 2019.
Ross said Stallworth admitted to seeing McKinney for the first time the night of his kidnapping.
Stallworth claimed he entered the couple’s apartment to find Brown sitting with McKinney on the sofa.
He reportedly said to Brown, “It’s not your child. “
Brown said she wanted to “keep” the young child, Stallworth said.
Brown then suggested that Stallworth “do something sexual with the child” before refusing and going out for a smoke, Ross said.
Meanwhile, Brown had removed the child’s clothes and knots to give him a bath.
Stallworth later alleged that he saw Brown “put his hands on Cupcake’s nose and mouth” while McKinney was sleeping.
Authorities previously released surveillance footage of a male suspect and the SUV they were in. Police confirmed to have recovered this Toyota Sequoia
Surveillance footage at a convenience store showed Stallworth was buying candy before attempting to give it to children
An inmate at the same prison as Stallworth claimed he admitted to “accidentally killing the baby”.
Testimonies showed that investigators removed a plastic mattress from the couple’s living room that had blood stains in several places.
Laboratory tests revealed that the blood contained mixed traces of DNA belonging to Stallworth, Brown and McKinney.
Stallworth’s DNA appeared under the child’s fingernails. Officers said that while Stallworth was in custody he had scratches on his chest.
Stallworth’s lawyer pointed out that McKinney had been subjected to a DNA sample and that medical staff found no signs of sexual assault.
However, the condition of McKinney’s body after its discovery by authorities made it difficult to know if anything sexual had been done to the child.
The cause of the child’s death was suffocation by suffocation. The toddler had toxic levels of methamphetamine and the antidepressant Trazodone in his body.
Stallworth had a prescription for Trazodone, but he claimed Brown stole his pills and took them with methamphetamine.
“Child abduction is one of a parent’s biggest fears,” Lloyd C. Peeples, U.S. Senior Deputy Lawyer, said when the couple were federally charged with the kidnapping. in July.
“Despite their best efforts, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were unable to return the three-year-old victim to her family.
“However, we hope that today’s charges will be a step towards justice for her and her family. “
The state charges come after the couple were federally charged with kidnapping by a grand jury in July. In August, they were arrested and pleaded not guilty.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jefferson County Judge Clyde Jones set a March 31 date for a preliminary hearing.