A man and a woman were charged Thursday with capital murder in the death of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney, whose remains were found Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama.
The man, Patrick Stallworth, and the woman, Derick Brown, are being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond, Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr said in a statement.
If convicted, Stallworth and Brown could face the death penalty. It is unclear if either of them has an attorney.
Kamille’s remains were found inside a dumpster that was taken to a landfill, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith said at a news conference Tuesday, 10 days after the child, who was also known as Cupcake, vanished from a birthday party Oct. 12.
Smith said police had been detaining all of the trash being collected from one area for several days in the search for her.
He said at Tuesday’s news conference that Stallworth and Brown would also face kidnapping charges. Authorities said Thursday the charge could still be added.
Asked Tuesday about the suspects’ possible motive, Smith said, “We believe that this was something they thought about and acted upon, and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, which they did. Our further investigation will reveal whatever actions were taken after that.”
He added that investigators do not believe Stallworth and Brown knew Kamille or her family.
An Amber Alert was issued following Kamille’s disappearance, and Crime Stoppers offered a $20,000 cash reward Oct. 16 for tips and information.