3 year old Kamille “Cupcake” Mckinney was the daughter of April Thomas and Dominic Mckinney. The family lived together in Birmingham, Alabama.
On the day of October 12th, 2019, Cupcake attended a birthday party with her older brother who was 11 years old. It is unknown if Cupcake’s parents attended the birthday party or who the party was for. However, by the end of that party, there was no sign of Cupcake.
Surveillance video showed Cupcake and another little girl playing in a courtyard near where the birthday party was taking place around 7:24pm. Apparently, the girls had wandered off from supervision. At first, the girls appeared to be alone, but eventually, an unknown man is shown walking up to them. The man began to say something to them that persuaded them to walk off and follow him.
The second girl Cupcake was playing with made it back safely to the party. Unfortunately, Cupcake did not.
During the police investigation and speaking to people from the party, a 10 year old boy came forward saying that he witnessed Cupcake being put into a dark blue or black SUV as she was crying. Another child supported this claim and described the suspects. He said that there were two people inside the SUV, a man and a woman. The man had “bad teeth” and the woman was a “chunky black woman.”
An amber alert was released for Cupcake.
The next day, citizens called police to report a car that matched the description connected to the amber alert parked in an apartment complex. The owners of the car were Patrick Stallworth (39) and Derick Brown (29). Although the woman went by Derick, her real name was Quintessa Jackson.
Brown changed her name because of her rough past. In 2018, CPS ended up removing her children from her care due to her relative reporting her for putting her child in a washing machine as punishment. This relative ended up getting custody of all four of Derick Brown’s children. However, the day after her fourth child was taken away, Brown showed up at her family member’s doorstep and pointed a gun at her demanding her child back. She then took police on a reckless chase where she ended up crashing her car with her children in it.
Stallworth and Brown were arrested and police found inappropriate pictures of children on Stallworth’s phone. As the days passed with no sign of Cupcake, on October 21st, Derick broke down and decided to talk to the police. When doing so, she revealed where they could locate Cupcake’s body.
On October 22nd, ten days after Cupcake was snatched from the streets, police were finally directed to a dumpster where they located the 3 year old’s little body.
Patrick Stallworth’s DNA was found Cupcake’s fingernails and there was a tiny scratch on his chest.
It was determined that while inside the apartment, Cupcake was subjected to physical and sexual abuse. Police were able to confirm that after the couple took Cupcake back to the apartment, Patrick went to another gas station and bought an energy drink and sexual performance pill.
There was also a blood stained plastic mattress cover and Cupcake’s DNA inside the apartment.
Her autopsy revealed that she had traces of Meth and Trazadone in her system, but her official cause of death was suffocation. Based on the decomposition of her body, it was likely she was killed the very same day that she was taken from the birthday party.
Both Stallworth and Brown were charged with capital murder of a child under the age of 14. If convicted, both could face the death penalty. They have yet to stand trial.