BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Authorities are continuing an extensive search for 3-year-old Kamille McKinney Monday morning.
McKinney was last seen in the Tom Brown Village community near the Avondale area around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. She was playing with other children in a yard when a dark-colored SUV, believed to be an older model (2001-2006) Toyota Sequoia with beige trim, drove up and a woman grabbed her.
Birmingham police confirm a person of interest is in custody. The individual was taken into custody late Sunday night at Woodside Apartments in Center Point. Earlier Sunday, BPD released the photos below of the person of interest in the kidnapping.
Birmingham police say the Sequoia believed to be connected with the kidnapping was towed from the apartment complex. Police released the photos below of the vehicle. Police believe a black male and white female were in the vehicle at the time of the kidnapping.
Police say they have received reports that people in a vehicle may have tried to entice neighborhood children with candy, but have not confirmed those reports.
Kamille was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt with leopard print design and leopard print shorts with no shoes.
“I mean she’s three, man. She’s innocent,” says Kamille’s father. “I just want my baby back at the end of the day like anybody else would.”
Birmingham Police have offered an additional hotline number for people who see Kamille or have other information about the case. That number is (205) 297-8413. In addition, anyone one with any information may also call CrimeStoppers at 205-254-7777 or 911.
The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District released the following statement.
“We are praying for the safe return of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney and asking for anyone who may know anything about her disappearance to please contact the Birmingham Police Department. We can’t imagine what little Kamille’s family is going through at this moment. We’d like her family to know that they are in our thoughts and we pray this unimaginable situation will end very soon with the safe return of their little girl. HABD expresses gratitude to the public and media for sharing this story to help spread the word about the child’s abduction, which we pray will lead to a credible tip for law enforcement. Public Safety Director, Ken Foreman, and other HABD staff have been working on site at Tom Brown Village to locate the child and HABD will continue to do anything we can to assist police.”