Practically 4 months after the tragic abduction and homicide of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney in Birmingham, Alabama, her mom spoke out for the primary time in an interview with CBS42.
“I’ve good days; I’ve unhealthy days. Nevertheless it’ll by no means be the identical. I can’t get up to her smiling at me or waking me up along with her hugs or kisses. It’s tough,” April Thomas stated.
Kamille was discovered useless in a dumpster on October 22, two weeks after being kidnapped from the entrance yard of a birthday celebration in Tom Brown Village.
The little lady died of asphyxiation by suffocation on the identical day she was kidnapped, based on warrants learn aloud in a earlier courtroom look for the 2 suspects charged in her homicide, AL.com, WSHV, and WVTM report.
Methamphetamine and trazadone, a sedative, have been present in her physique, and the kid had allegedly been sexually assaulted, based on courtroom testimony from one of many suspects, AL.com reviews.
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The suspects, Patrick Devone Stallworth and his girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown, have been charged with capital homicide of a kid underneath the age of 14. They may face the dying penalty if convicted. Each are being held on the Jefferson County Jail with out bond.
Stallworth was additionally charged with 4 counts of possession of obscene materials of individuals underneath 17 years of age and three counts of possession with intent to disseminate obscene materials after illicit imagery was discovered on his telephone.
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Neither suspect has a connection to Kamille or her household.
“We consider this was one thing they thought of and acted upon. They noticed a chance to take a younger little one, they usually did,” Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith beforehand advised reporters.
Thomas, Kamille’s mom, advised WIAT she’s “nonetheless dwelling this nightmare,” although she’s getting although the trauma with the assist of her group, which she describes as “extra than simply neighbors — we’re household.”
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She additionally stated she hopes to assist educate extra children on “stranger hazard.”
“What are we going to do to forestall this from taking place?” Thomas requested. “Whereas the presents are good, it nonetheless doesn’t our group higher. I might slightly see extra occasions in direction of making an attempt to push issues to be higher. Sufficient is sufficient.”