According to reports, an autopsy found that the 3-year-old Alabama girl, Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who was found dead in a dumpster after she was kidnapped from a birthday party, was given a sedative before she was killed.
On Tuesday, Prosecutors stated during a preliminary hearing for 39-year-old Patrick Stallworth that he and his 29-year-old girlfriend Derick Brown used candy to attract Kamille away from the birthday party on October 12 and kidnap her, sources reported.
Sources stated that Birmingham Police detective Jonathan Ross testified that he talked to a 10-year-old at the birthday party who stated that he noticed a man and woman in an SUV giving out candy and that he noticed Kamille crying inside the SUV.
A middle school-aged girl also said to Ross that earlier in the day the couple had offered her candy while she was going from her cheerleading practice, he stated at the hearing.
Ross testified that the surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows the 39-year-old man getting out of an SUV and purchasing $18 worth of candy. Ross further said that Stallworth allegedly later purchased an energy drink and a pill for physical dysfunction at another gas station.
After he was known, Stallworth allegedly confessed to getting in contact with the cheerleader and giving out candy to kids in the neighborhood of the birthday party, but he did not specify anything about Kamille, Ross reportedly stated.
Investigators also allegedly discovered child lewd videos on Stallworth’s cellphone, Ross testified. Ross reportedly said that the dumpster where the 3-year-old body was later discovered was located near Stallworth’s apartment complex.
After he was arrested, he allegedly said to Ross that he first saw Kamille with Brown when he reached home to their apartment and that the two were sitting on the couch and watching television.
According to sources, Ross claimed that Stallworth stated Brown desired to “keep her” and then told him to physically assault her. Ross said that Stallworth then went outside to smoke and accused Brown of setting her hand over Kamille’s nose and mouth to kill her.
Ross thinks that the couple gave Kamille sedative to make her sleepy, according to sources. The sedative that was allegedly used is an anti-depressant that is used to treat insomnia and the levels of narcotics in Kamille’s system showed that she ingested them and was not just exposed to them, sources reported.
According to sources, Kamille’s family was in the courtroom on Tuesday during the hearing.
Prosecutors revealed in the couple’s October 25 arraignment hearing that Kamille’s cause of death was ruled by the medical examiner as asphyxiation.
Prosecutors stated on Tuesday during the hearing that they could not determine whether physical abuse happened due to breakdown of her body, according to sources.
Ross reportedly testified that a plastic mattress cover discovered in the flat had a blood stain and DNA from Kamille, Stallworth, and Brown.
Stallworth and Brown are both charged with the murder of a victim less than 14 years old. Brown is expected or trial on Friday.
According to sources, Stallworth’s defense attorneys fought during court that the witness accounts were contradictory and Stallworth was not with Brown for a part of the day of the birthday party. The attorney also stated that the reason why Stallworth’s phone pinged to the neighborhood was because Brown had his cellphone with her in the SUV since her phone was broken.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered that there was enough proof to send the case against Stallworth to a grand jury.