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2 Adults in Custody, 3-Year-Old Girl Still Missing in Alabama Kidnapping

By Victor Westerkamp

A three-year-old girl from Birmingham, Alabama is still missing and two adults have been detained and are being questioned by police, according to Birmingham Police.

Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney went missing from an outdoor birthday party on Saturday taking place in the Tom Brown Village housing community in Avondale at 8:30 p.m., according to the Amber Alert issued on Sunday.

“I feel a little better that they got him but the search goes on because Cupcake still isn’t home,” Kamille’s father Dominic McKinney told AL.com on Sunday. “We’re still not stopping. I feel better that they caught him, I do, but until I see that baby, they can catch him all day. We will find her tonight.”

Kamille is black, about 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She was seen last wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse on it and leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows, according to the alert.

Kamille was picked up by a stranger according to some reports, or by a man and a woman according to another source. Police believe she is in danger.

“I want her back bad, and I’d do anything to have my baby back,” Dominique McKinney, Kamille’s father, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. “And it’s going to get deeper than this, the city is already locked down so y’all need to bring my baby back.”

The family of Kamille started searching for the child themselves before notifying the police on Sunday. On Monday morning, Birmingham Police organized a press meeting, revealing the suspects were driving a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Toyota with a brown or discolored bumper, ABC News reported. Police have also released pictures of a male suspect. At this time, the alert has been expanded to surrounding states.

Still in surveillance video of the suspect in relation to the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “cup cake” McKinney around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, night in Birmingham, Alabama (Birmingham Police Department)

“We still have hot leads right now and we’re following up on those as we speak,” Birmingham Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Praytor told reporters Sunday, according to ABC. “We want to find Kamille as quick as possible and we want to get her back to her family and that’s our priority.”

Praytor urged anyone with any information that might be of interest to come forward,  “Of all the resources that we have at our disposal, there’s nothing more important than the community,” Praytor said. “We’ve had cases that have been broken by people that didn’t think they saw anything until they came forward and told us what they knew.”

“They didn’t know it was a valuable piece of the puzzle,” Praytor added.”So you may think you don’t know anything about it, but you may have the piece that we’re looking for. We want all information.”

Anyone with information regarding Kamille’s whereabouts is asked to call the Birmingham Police at 205-254-1757.