A male suspect was apprehended by police one day after a 3-year-old went missing from a birthday party in Alabama.
Birmingham police and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies tracked down a man on Sunday (October 13) evening who was depicted in surveillance photos, and he was taken into custody, AL.com reports.
Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney disappeared around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (October 12) from the Tom Brown Village public housing community in Avondale, AL.com reports.
She was outside when an SUV pulled up and someone inside the vehicle reportedly snatched her after enticing her with candy.
The Toyota Sequoia was recovered at Woodside Condominiums on Shadowood Circle off Roebuck Parkway across from the Cathedral of the Cross on Sunday, where the suspect was also found, AL.com reports.
“I feel a little better that they got him but the search goes on because Cupcake still isn’t home,” the girl’s father, Dominic McKinney, 27, told AL.com.
“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,” McKinney said. “We will find her tonight.”
Ricardo McGhee and another neighbor alerted police when they recognized the SUV parked outside the condo building and that the man in the photos released by police was their neighbor.
“We both called 911,” McGhee told AL.com. “It wasn’t just me.”
McGhee and the other neighbor, whose name was not released, waited by the suspected vehicle until police arrived on Sunday evening.
The male suspect and his girlfriend were both taken into custody.
“I don’t know him personally,” McGhee said about the male suspect that only lived in the condo community for a short time.
“But it’s bugging me because I have a child that was just born on Labor Day and he obviously was looking for a child,” McGhee continued. “I just hurt for the family.”
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a second Amber Alert Sunday night after issuing the initial alert on Saturday night at 11:45 p.m.
At the time of her disappearance, the 3-year-old, who is 3-feet tall and weighs 60 pounds, was wearing a pink T-shirt with a Minnie Mouse/leopard print design and leopard print shorts with yellow, white and blue bows in her hair, AL.com reports.
Kamille’s shoes were found in the parking lot so police believe she is barefoot, AL.com reports.
It’s unclear whether they found her shoes in the parking lot of the condo building or at the park.
“I just want my daughter back,” Kamille’s father, Mr. McKinney, told AL.com.
“I’ll pay anything, I’ll put up anything,” McKinney added. “Everybody knows Cupcake, and I’ll do anything to bring that baby back home.”
He took it upon himself to conduct a search for his little girl by searching abandoned buildings and schools in the area of Tom Brown Village overnight.
“I won’t stop. If anybody sees Cupcake, please bring me my Cupcake back home. She’s got a lot of people who care about her,” he said.
“She’s scared, she’s lonely, she doesn’t know what’s going on,” McKinney continued. “She’s just a baby. Whatever the situation is, whatever they’ve got going on, it don’t concern her.”
Birmingham police Deputy Chief Scott Praytor said, “An abduction like this, a child just being taken off the street, is in no way common to the city of Birmingham. We’re trying to make sure we get this child back to her family.”
Directing his comments to the person or people who have Kamille, Deputy Chief Praytor said, “We would ask you to not take this any further. You can take her to a fire station, a police station, a hospital, anywhere you can drop the child off safely so she can be returned to her family.”