According to Fox 8 Cleveland, new details surfaced in court for the kidnapping and murder of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
On October 12, McKinney was kidnapped from a birthday party in Birmingham, Alabama that took place outdoors. Her body was dumped in a garbage can that was taken to a landfill. She died of asphyxiation the same day according to investigators.
Derick Irisha Brown, 29, and her boyfriend Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, were charged for the toddler’s death in late October. There was reportedly no connection between the prosecuted couple and the little girl or her family.
Brown had an appearance in court on Friday. Reportedly during her testimony, she claimed that she saw Stallworth, her boyfriend, sexually assault the child in their apartment.
Brown’s defense claimed that the FBI DNA report stated that Stallworth’s DNA was founder under McKinney’s fingernails but Brown’s DNA wasn’t.
NBC News reported that Kamille’s autopsy found no signs of sexual assault, but investigators stated in court this past Tuesday that the reason could have been the decomposition of the child’s body.
Also during court on Tuesday, Stallworth’s defense claimed that Brown was with him that entire day of McKinney’s kidnapping. The prosecution argued that the couple was spotted offering candy to kids near a school on the same day as the kidnapping.
Prosecutors revealed during Stallworth’s court appearance that investigators found a mixture of blood and DNA from Brown, Stallworth and the child on a bed mattress in the couple’s apartment.
Meth and a prescription sedative called Trazadone were also found in the toddler’s system.
During his final statements at Brown’s court date on Friday, Judge Clyde Jones reportedly said, “it’s evident that Brown and Stallworth worked together and that one or both of them sexually abused McKinney and caused her death.”
If convicted, both Brown and Stallworth reportedly could face the death penalty.