Several Birmingham, Ala., pastors came together Monday night in the spot where Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was last seen to pray for her safe return.
A couple dozen people, including Kamille’s father and his family, attended the vigil at Tom Brown Village. Police say 3-year-old Kamille was abducted about 8:30 p.m. Saturday while attending a birthday party.
A massive search comprised of multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies has been underway. Two persons of interest were taken into custody Sunday night. Police have not announced any formal charges against them but they remained in custody as of Monday night.
At a press conference earlier Monday, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said they believe others were involved in the kidnapping. He said they still do not know the whereabouts of Kamille.
“We ask that you just continue to pray for her safe return,’’ said Lekisha Simpson, Kamille’s grandmother. “I just want to say to the public, to everybody, if you see something, say something. Don’t be afraid to speak up.”
“Everybody knows Cupcake out here. This girl, this baby, is looking for her mother and her father,’’ said Tina Powell, who is like a great-grandmother to Kamille. “She don’t understand who took her and she needs to come home.”
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Jasmaine Deloach, who heads Angel Arms Operation Exploited and Missing Persons in Birmingham, pleaded with Kamille’s captors to release her. “She cannot tell on you. She cannot do anything to harm you, so if you have any heart please let her go,’’ Deloach said.
“If you have a problem with the police, I will meet you somewhere to get that child,’’ she said. “I do not want you to harm her. Please don’t panic. Don’t have hate in your heart.”
“I’ve been out here working day and night to get this baby,’’ Deloach said, “and I guarantee I’m not going to sleep until she is home.”
Birmingham police have added a new tip line. That number is 205-297-8413. The tip line will be used in addition to Crime Stoppers 205-254-7777.
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