Search expands into Mississippi for missing Alabama toddler

Published 10:40 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama authorities have expanded their search for a missing 3-year-old girl to include Mississippi and other surrounding states.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and police Chief Patrick Smith spoke to reporters at a Monday news conference about Kamille McKinney. An Amber Alert says the girl nicknamed “Cupcake” was kidnapped from a birthday party on Saturday by a stranger in a dark SUV.

Smith says there was a multi-hour delay before the alert was issued. He blames the belated alert was due to a delay in when the kidnapping was reported to law enforcement.

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The chief says the FBI is assisting and two people of interest are undergoing questioning. Both were taken into custody Sunday after authorities found a vehicle recorded by a surveillance camera.