2 persons of interest in Alabama child abduction deny involvement

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two people arrested after a girl was abducted from a birthday party in Alabama deny any involvement in her disappearance, their lawyers said Friday as police released new surveillance video of a potential suspect.

Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney vanished from a birthday party in the Birmingham housing complex where her family lives. (CNN Photo)

Attorneys for Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, separately denied their clients had anything to do with the abduction of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney, known as “Cupcake” to her family.

Authorities have said the girl was abducted from a public housing project during a birthday party last Saturday night. Her whereabouts remain a mystery.

“We hope that the Birmingham Police Department will do everything with the FBI to find the child. We hope the child is still alive, and the child is doing well,” Stallworth’s lawyer, Emory Anthony, told a news conference.

In a statement, attorneys for Brown said she was “horrified” by the girl’s disappearance but had no involvement.

The statements came as police released new surveillance video seeking information about another potential person of interest seen near the abduction scene before the girl disappeared.

The unidentified man, shown in the video near a child believed to be Cupcake and another youngster, may know something about what happened, Police Chief Patrick Smith told a news conference.

Smith also sought community volunteers for a search planned for Sunday. Without disclosing details, Smith said the search would involve an area frequented by a person of interest in the case.

Police previously identified Stallworth and Brown, whom he dates, as persons of interest in the disappearance. Both were arrested on charges unrelated to her abduction, and Stallworth is free on bond.

Anthony said Stallworth did own a vehicle sought by police after being seen in the area, but he denied that the man had anything to do with the girl or knows her family. Stallworth was near the scene for “legitimate reasons,” Anthony said, and has an alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the abduction.

Stallworth was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute. Derick Irisha Brown, 29, also of Birmingham, was arrested with him on a probation revocation with no bond for an unrelated kidnapping, police said.

Stallworth denies the charges filed against him, Anthony said.

Adam Danneman, a public defender whose office represents Brown, said the woman “adamantly denies” knowing anything about the abduction.

Meanwhile, the reward money being offered for information that helps police solve the case as increased to a total offering of $33,000.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama are offering a $20,000 reward, which is separate from a $5,000 reward offered by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The governor’s award is contingent on providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The members of the Jefferson County Commission also each gave $1,600 from their discretionary funds to add an additional $8,000 to Crime Stoppers’ reward, bringing the total offering to $33,000.

Continuing coverage, here.

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