Owners of daycare hold prayer service for Kamden Johnson
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A special prayer service for Kamden Johnson was called by the owners of the daycare where he was last seen.
In exclusive interview with LOCAL 15 on Tuesday, Community Church Ministries Pastor Carl and Angela Coker confirmed that suspect Valarie Patterson worked at their daycare and was a member of their church.
The Cokers also said Kamden's mom worked at one of their daycares.
That's why they say this has been so difficult on their entire staff and church congregation.
Emotional church goers gathered at the prayer service at the Community Church Ministries to remember Kamden Johnson, 5, who was found dead on Monday.
Pastor Carl and Angela Coker said the service was held to send love and prayers to Kamden and his family.
"A mother lost her child. We lost a child," said Angela Coker.
The Cokers held the service despite the fact a lawsuit has now been filed by Kamden's family.
Due to that impending litigation, the Cokers didn't want to speak on camera.
However, the Cokers did say Kamden's mother works at their daycare on Moffett Road but is out on leave.
"Our hearts go out to all families. It's not about the daycare," Angela Coker said.
"But it's about the people. We are tore up for the mother."
The Coker's say they're still in shock and are seeking answers to how Valarie Patterson - a daycare employee and member of their congregation - could be involved in Kamden's death.
"We haven't slept since the incident. We are hurting. We're dying inside," said Angela Coker.
The Cokers say they've known Patterson for around 8 years.