BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Latest on the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney (all times local):
Tuesday, Oct. 15 — Birmingham attorney Eric Guster, of the Guster Law Firm, took to Facebook Live Tuesday morning in an effort to bring Kamille home. He is offering $1 to represent the 3-year-old’s abductor.
Sunday, Oct. 13—8:53 p.m.
PERSON OF INTERESTED DETAINED
Birmingham Police have made contact with who police believe to be the person of interest in the recently released photos as well as the vehicle.
This individual is currently being detained for questioning, officials report. Police personnel will be canvassing the area of Shadow Wood Circle in search of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
Sunday, Oct. 13—6:45 p.m.
PHOTOS RELEASED OF POSSIBLE SUSPECT
Birmingham Police released new photos of the possible suspect involved in the kidnapping. See photos below.
President Pro-Tem of the Birmingham City Council, William Parker, released a statement on the search for “Cupcake” McKinney.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kamille “ Cupcake” McKinney. The North Avondale Community is coming together to help get the 3 year old home safely. On behalf of the Birmingham City Council we are encouraging anyone with information about the kidnapping to contact police immediately.”William Parker, President Pro-Tem/Birmingham City Council
Sunday, Oct. 13—3:15 p.m.
FAMILY REACTS TO 3-YEAR-OLD’S KIDNAPPING
CBS 42 reporter Jessalyn Adams went out to the Tom Brown Village Sunday afternoon and spoke with Kamille’s parents and others who live in the neighborhood about the kidnapping.
Watch Adams’ Facebook Live video here:
On Dominic McKinney’s left hand is a tattoo of a cupcake with a cherry on top, the words “Cupcake” inked on the side.
Talking about “Cupcake,” the nickname for his 3-year-old daughter, Kamille, is the only time McKinney smiled as he spoke with reporters Sunday in Tom Brown Village, hours after Kamille went missing Saturday night.
“It was something I came up with,” McKinney said, smiling despite getting little sleep as he looked for Kamille with friends, family and law enforcement. “When she came out, she was all cute and red with little brown eyes and I said, ‘That’s my cupcake.’”
In fact, mother April Thomas said it’s the only name her daughter knows.
“If anybody sees Cupcake, just call her by her name,” Thomas tearfully said.
“Don’t call her Kamille. She understands Cupcake.”
When asked about what Kamille is like, McKinney said she is a girl who is loved by everyone.
“She’s a good girl,” he said. “She’s sweet, she’s really loveable. Everyone loves Cupcake.”
Despite not knowing where Kamille is or who took her, McKinney said he is doing his best to keep a positive attitude and hoping for the best.
“We’re going to find here,” he said. “If that’s the last thing I do on this Earth, we’re going to find her.
Sunday, Oct. 13—2:30 p.m.
TIP LINE ESTABLISHED
The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District where Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was last seen released a statement on the search for the 3-year-old.
“We are praying for the safe return of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney and asking for anyone who may know anything about her disappearance to please contact the Birmingham Police Department. We can’t imagine what little Kamille’s family is going through at this moment. We’d like her family to know that they are in our thoughts and we pray this unimaginable situation will end very soon with the safe return of their little girl. HABD expresses gratitude to the public and media for sharing this story to help spread the word about the child’s abduction, which we pray will lead to a credible tip for law enforcement. Public Safety Director Ken Foreman and other HABD staff have been working on site at Tom Brown Village to locate the child and HABD will continue to do anything we can to assist police.”Housing Authority of the Birmingham District
Birmingham Police will be using an additional tip line starting at 3 p.m. Anyone with information related to the ongoing kidnapping investigation will be able to contact (205) 297-8413. The public is also able to call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.
Sunday, Oct. 13—1:30 p.m.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION RELEASED
After further investigation, police have updated the description of the suspects involved.
Birmingham police are searching for a black man and white woman driving an older model 2001-06 dark-colored Toyota Sequoia with beige trim.
Sunday, Oct. 13—7:25 a.m.
FBI INVOLVED IN SEARCH FOR “CUPCAKE”
The Birmingham Police Department is following leads in the ongoing search for 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
In an early Sunday morning news conference, Birmingham Police Deputy Chief Scott Praytor said Kamille went missing from an outdoor birthday party while she was playing with other children at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.
(Note Oct.16, 2019: It has been confirmed by Sgt. Williams of Birmingham police that the event was a children’s birthday party.)
“I want to make it clear that a child abduction, a stranger abduction in this city is very rare,” Praytor said. “We’re asking for the community’s help to bring this young girl home.”
We’re told that right now, Birmingham Police do not believe Kamille has been taken out of the state.
Praytor tells CBS 42 that they’ve called in their federal partners, and the surrounding municipalities are also helping in the search for Kamille.
Watch the press conference here:
Saturday, Oct. 12—11:55 p.m.
AMBER ALERT ISSUED
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has issued an Amber Alert for 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
According to ALEA, McKinney was last seen at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 2019. She is believed to be in extreme danger.
McKinney may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark colored black or blue SUV, possible an older model Toyota 4 Runner, according to ALEA.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Birmingham Police Department or call 911.
Saturday, Oct. 12 — 10 p.m.
MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATION BEGINS
Birmingham Police are investigating after a report of a possible missing person at Tom Brown Village in Avondale.
CBS 42 reached out to BPD spokesperson Rodarius Mauldin who would not confirm reports that it involved a child. Mauldin told CBS 42 he would release information after speaking with detectives on the scene.