Man To Plead Not Guilty To Kidnapping NC Girl

The attorney for a man charged with kidnapping a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl says his client will plead not guilty.

Attorney Allen Rogers say 29-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill turned himself in to Fayetteville police Friday on the charge of kidnapping Shaniya Davis. She disappeared more than three days ago from a mobile home park.

Rogers represented McNeill at a first court appearance Friday. The attorney said he no idea if his client had a relationship with Shaniya or her mother and did not comment on Shaniya's whereabouts.

Authorities say McNeill was seen on video carrying the girl into a hotel room on Tuesday morning.

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Police in North Carolina say they have arrested a new suspect in the alleged kidnapping of a girl still missing after disappearing from a mobile home park three days ago.

Fayetteville police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said Friday that 29-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill confessed to the crime and has been charged with kidnapping. He was arrested after video footage showed him taking 5-year-old Shaniya Davis into a hotel room Tuesday morning.

Authorities on Friday also said they dropped charges against Clarence Coe, the first man they accused in the case.

But Chance says authorities still have not found Shaniya Davis and are pursuing leads.

Coe was arrested Wednesday after witnesses said they saw him take the girl from a mobile home park.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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Five-year-old Shaniya Davis vanished from her Fayetteville home Tuesday. Police say a witness saw a man named Clarence Coe, who was taken custody, taking the child from the trailer park where she was reported missing. Shaniya was later spotted with another man at a hotel.

Police say they received a call from a hotel owner in Sanford, which is about 30 miles northwest of Fayettville, saying that a girl matching Shaniya's description was with a man who checked into a room.

Officials believe the girl was Shaniya and they also identified the man she was with as Mario McNeil.

Shaniya's father, who had been out of state, says the family just asks that "they bring her home safe." He also tells his daughter not to give up.

On Wednesday, Police took Clarence Coe into custody. He says he isn't guilty of kidnapping the girl. Police are uncertain of the other man's connections to Coe or the child.

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Police say they've arrested a North Carolina man in the disappearance of a 5-year-old girl but are still looking for the child.

Fayetteville police said Clarence Coe was arrested around 11 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first degree kidnapping.

Lt. Alex Thompson said investigators are still searching Shaniya Davis. The child was reported missing from her home just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Her mother said she last saw Shaniya around 5:30 a.m. Thompson said investigators aren't yet saying how or if Coe knew the child.

Police said Coe was arrested at his home in Fayetteville without incident. He was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center early Thursday. A jail official said records didn't indicate whether he had an attorney.


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  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    His picture is posted on Fox News and I wish I hadn't looked. That jerk is smiling. I pray they find this little girl safe. If they have video of him taking her in there has to be video of them leaving. I hope the police make him talk soon.
  • by Sick Location: NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    Want to see what this scum creep looks like? Fox news has his picture, complete with grin. They also have posted a picture from video surveillance showing the scum carrying the child into the hotel. I hope there is a special place reserved for this scum one day. What is wrong with people?
  • by Nicole Location: Greenville on Nov 13, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Why would a 29 year old man be taking a 5 year old into a hotel room? I wish mothers would do more to protect their children. People in the world are sick.
  • by JB Location: NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Interrogate the mother, she knows more than what is being told here!! Get some Law and Order action here! Interrogate Mother!! Interrogate Mother!! Get the picture?
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 13, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    These men obviously knew they could abscond with her, without interference. There are more questions for the person who last had her in their care. This is reprehensible.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    I pray this precious little girl is found safe. This whole situation makes my spider sense tingle. I don't believe the story, I don't believe the mother and I have doubts that the man purported to be the father is the real father.
  • by Naj Location: LA on Nov 13, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    This story is not right. Who is this new guy? Why was he in or at their home? Does Shaniya's mother have two boyfriends? Is this new guy a friend of the mother's boyfriend? Is this new guy Shaniya's aunt's boyfriend? Is this family involved in drugs? Someone was mad enough to take the girl. Why isnt her mother on tv pleading? I hope she is found safe and take away from her mother and placed in a good home!
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on Nov 13, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    I wouldn't let the boyfriend go. He still may be an accessory. How you going to just let somone come in your house and take your child?
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Nov 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    Since this freak has admitted to taking this precious child,I would put a ring of fire around his butt until I got some answers.I pray that she is safe.
  • by Laura Location: NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    I pray this precious little girl is found safe and sound. ANON... She is beautiful, isn't she? I agree that something is NOT right with the mother.
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