Police seeking missing girl converge on Alabama neighborhood

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police looking for a missing 3-year-old Alabama girl who was abducted from a birthday party swarmed around a Birmingham residential area Wednesday a few miles from where she was last seen.

Authorities didn’t immediately explain what was going on in their search for Kamille McKinney, but they said they would provide an update as the search continued.

Live video from news outlets showed police blocking off a street and the sound of a law enforcement helicopter overhead. News video also showed officers in helmets and other tactical gear entering an apartment building. People who appeared to be residents milled around the entrance as the officers walked by.

The girl known as “Cupcake” to her family was snatched away from a birthday party outside a housing project in Birmingham on Saturday night, police said. The search centered on a small apartment complex less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away.

A man and a woman described as persons of interest were arrested and charged with crimes that police said were unrelated to the girl’s disappearance. But police said they don’t know where the child might be.

Officials have announced rewards totaling $6,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the child’s disappearance. An amber alert seeking information about the girl was initially sent only to Alabama, but was later expanded to neighboring states.

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