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Task Force Of 20 Investigates Rape And Murder Of Shaniya Davis

A North Carolina police chief says about 20 people are working on the investigation of the rape and slaying of a 5-year-old girl.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that the task force is tracing tips police receive about the death of Shaniya Davis two weeks ago.

Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine says investigators don't yet know why the girl was withdrawn from school weeks before she died.

The girl's mother is charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse involving prostitution. A Cumberland County Sheriff's spokeswoman says Antoinette Davis has been moved to a women's prison as a special health precaution because she is pregnant.

An acquaintance of Davis is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.


Little Shaniya Davis, just five years old at the time of her murder, was laid to rest Sunday.

The funeral was at 3:00 p.m. in Fayetteville.

Below is part of Shaniya's obituary, as printed on the website of the Fayetteville Observer, FayObserver.com.

"Miss Shaniya Nicole Davis, 5, of 7935 Lester Drive, passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Shaniya was a happy, loving and friendly little girl. She was a good little helper around the house. She loved to play dress up and do girly things like fixing hair and playing with her Barbie dolls. She loved playing outside and riding her scooter. Pink and yellow were her favorite colors. She was a kindergarten student at Morganton Road Elementary School. You came into our lives for a little while. You left footprints on our hearts, and we will never be the same! "

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Authorities say a 5-year-old North Carolina girl was raped and killed the same day she was taken from her home.

Arrests warrants released Friday say Shaniya Davis was sexually assaulted and asphyxiated Nov. 10, the day her mother reported her missing. Authorities embarked on a nearly weeklong search that ended when the girl's body was found dumped off a rural road.

Mario McNeill is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child.

The girl's mother is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution.

Meanwhile, a woman dating McNeill's brother tells The Associated Press the suspect is a good father and uncle. Tomeka Gray says McNeill came to see his new niece earlier this year with an armload of baby items.

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


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Police in North Carolina say a man already accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl also raped and asphyxiated her.

Authorities said Thursday night the additional charges were being filed against Mario McNeill, the man accused of taking Shaniya Davis from her Fayetteville home. Her body was found Monday after nearly a week.

A search warrant says McNeill picked the girl up in front of the home and drove her to a hotel where she was last seen alive.

The girl's mother, Antoinette Davis, is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution.

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Police in North Carolina say murder and rape charges have been filed against man accused of kidnapping 5-year-old girl whose body was found nearly a week after he kidnapped her from her Fayetteville home.

A search warrant says the man charged with kidnapping Shaniya Davis picked her up in front of the home and drove her to a hotel where she was last seen alive. The girl's body was found Monday off a road near Sanford.

Mario McNeill is accused of kidnapping the child. He's now charged with murder and rape charges as welll. Antoinette Davis is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution.

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A search warrant says a man charged with kidnapping a 5-year-old North Carolina girl picked her up in front of her home and drove her to the hotel where she was last seen alive.

Multiple media reported the search warrant reveals that 29-year-old Mario McNeill told police he took Shaniya Davis from her home in a Fayetteville mobile home park to the Sanford hotel last week.

The girl's body was found Monday off a road near Sanford.

Antoinette Davis is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution.

Police say they collected hair and fibers, clothes, and a straw from McNeill's 1997 Mitsubishi Galant.

Police said Wednesday no additional charges will be filed until jurisdiction questions are resolved.

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



The Fayetteville Police Department released a 911 call in the case of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

Her mother, Antoinette Davis, is now charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. More charges are expected.

The girl's body was found Monday.

At the start of the 911 call, the caller identifies herself as Antoinette Davis.

911: How can I help you?
CALLER: I woke up this morning and my daughter was not in the house. I don’t know if she walked out, or I don’t know what’s going on, but she’s not here.
911: How old is your daughter?
CALLER: She’s 5.
911: 5?
CALLER: Yes maam.
911: OK, what time did you wake up? When did you last see her?
CALLER: I saw her, uh, at 5:30 last night.
911: 5:30 last night... is that when you put her to bed?
CALLER: Yes, maam... No, when she went back to bed.
911: OK. That was 5 this morning. Is that what you’re telling me?
CALLER: Yes maam.
911: Ok, um, were there any doors open or anything like that?
CALLER: She know how to unlock the front door.
911: OK... What is her name?
CALLER: Shaniya Davis.
911: Spell that name for me.
CALLER: S-H-A-N-I-Y-A.
911: And is she white, black, or Hispanic?
CALLER: She’s mixed... (911: ok)...she’s biracial.
911: What was she wearing?
CALLER: She’s wearing just a blue... a big old blue... a blue shirt with designs on the front. But her hair is out.
911: OK, did she have on, um, any pants?
CALLER: She didn’t take no shoes, no pants, no nothing.
911: Did she have on underwear?
CALLER: Yes maam.
911: OK, what col... do you know what color?
CALLER: They’re white, and they got pink…I guess I can’t, I can't really remember. They’re like white with pink designs on them.
911: OK, OK, and you said none of the doors were open?
CALLER: No maam, they were locked. But she knows how to unlock the front door.
911: Was it closed... this morning?
CALLER: Yes maam.
911: And you say that was around 5:30?
CALLER: Yes maam.
911: OK, have you checked the neighborhood?
CALLER: I’ve checked everywhere. I haven’t checked the back end of the neighborhood yet, but I’ve checked the front end. I’m just - I don’t know what else to do - I’m so… I'm so... I don’t know what else to do.
911: Are there any more juveniles inside the home?
CALLER: There’s my son but he’s here!
911: And your door was not unlocked... that’s what you’re telling me?
CALLER: No, it was not unlocked, but I’m telling you she knows how to unlock it. I’m hoping that that she didn’t unlock it and walk out.



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Investigators handling the death of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl say they can't file more charges until they decide where crimes occurred.

Fayetteville police had said they planned to file more charges in the death of Shaniya Davis, the girl whose body was found Monday beside a rural highway in Lee County. But Police Chief Tom Bergamine said Wednesday they won't file more charges until jurisdiction is determined.

Authorities are trying to decide where the girl was killed and if the case will be prosecuted in Lee County or neighboring Cumberland County, where she lived.

Her mother, Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution.

Mario McNeill is accused of kidnapping after surveillance footage from a Lee County hotel showed him carrying the girl.

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


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The Fayetteville Police Department says they'll hold a press conference
at 10 a.m. Wednesday, though it's not clear whether officials will announce whether anyone has been charged with the murder of Shaniya Davis.

The father of the five year old who was kidnapped last week spoke out Tuesday, the same day officials confirmed a body found in Sanford is that of the little girl. Brad Lockhart issued a plea to the nation, saying don't ignore a situation where a child might be in danger.

Lockhart said police had told him very little about the case, and he was unaware the child's mother had been accused of prostituting Shaniya.

"As of right now, they haven't told me that happened. However, I'm very appalled and disgusted to that fact that anybody can bring themselves to that," Lockhart said.

Lockhart says Shaniya had spent most of her life living with him but went to stay with her mother on October 9, one month before she disappeared.



A North Carolina police department says additional charges are coming in the case of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found dumped along a wooded road.

Fayetteville police said Tuesday new charges are pending after Shaniya Davis's body was recovered Monday.

The child's mother has been charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse, allegedly for selling her daughter into sex slavery. Antoinette Davis reported her daughter missing last week.

Police also charged Mario McNeill with kidnapping after he was captured on a hotel's surveillance video with Shaniya. Police said Shaniya probably was alive when she left the hotel.

Police said an autopsy was being conducted to determine the cause of death.

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


SANFORD, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities in North Carolina say they have found the body of a 5-year-old girl who disappeared a week ago.

Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance told The Associated Press on Monday that searchers found the body of Shaniya Davis off a road southeast of Sanford in the central part of the state.

Two people have been charged in Shaniya's disappearance, including her 25-year-old mother, Antoinette Davis. Police have charged Davis with human trafficking and felony child abuse, saying Shaniya was offered for prostitution. Davis is due in court Monday afternoon.

Authorities have also charged 29-year old Mario Andrette McNeill, who was seen in surveillance footage carrying Shaniya at a Sanford hotel.

Shaniya's mother reported her missing last Tuesday.

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


Authorities in North Carolina say they have found the body of a missing 5-year-old girl.

Shaniya Davis has been missing since November 10.

Her mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis, has been charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse.


Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said Monday officers are searching along a central North Carolina highway based on "reliable information" that indicated the body of Shaniya Davis may have been dumped there.

About 200 searchers fanned across several miles southeast of Sanford. Some walked along roads, ravines and fields while others drove on four-wheelers.

Davis has been missing since Nov. 10. Her mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis, has been charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse. She is expected in court today. Police have also charged 29-year old Mario Andrette McNeill, who was seen in surveillance footage carrying Shaniya at a Sanford hotel.


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Authorities acting on a tip are scouring a portion of south-central North Carolina for a 5-year-old girl reported missing by her mother.

Capt. Charles Kimble of the Fayetteville Police Department said Sunday that multiple agencies have been searching for Shaniya Davis since 8 a.m.

Kimble said police were following up on a tip, but he would not elaborate.

Earlier Sunday, authorities arrested Antoinette Nicole Davis, Shaniya's mother.

Fayetteville police said she faces a human trafficking charge, as well as child abuse charge involving prostitution and filing a false police report.

The child has not been seen since Tuesday, when surveillance footage recorded the man charged with kidnapping Shaniya carrying her into a hotel room.

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The location and fate of a 5-year-old girl reported missing by her mother was unknown even after authorities charged the mother with human trafficking and other offenses.

Antoinette Nicole Davis, the mother of Shaniya Davis, faces a child abuse charge involving prostitution as well as filing a false police report, according to a Saturday news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.

The child hasn't been seen since Tuesday, when surveillance footage recorded the man charged with kidnapping Shaniya carrying her into a hotel room.

The release did not say whether the charges were related to her daughter's disappearance, but The Fayetteville Observer reported that arrest records indicated they were.

According to arrest documents cited by the newspaper, Davis "knowingly provide(d) Shaniya Davis with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and she "permit(ted) an act of prostitution."

Telephone messages and an e-mail left for police were not returned.

Shaniya had only been living with her mother since last month. Davis reported the girl missing Tuesday morning from a mobile home community in Fayetteville, and authorities began searching nearby wooded areas. The following day a man described as Davis' boyfriend was charged in the kidnapping, but the charges were later dropped and he was released.

Police then said a hotel worked spotted a child matching Shaniya's description at a Sanford hotel about 40 miles from Fayetteville on Tuesday. Authorities reviewed surveillance video and, after speaking with family members, confirmed the child's identity.

Surveillance footage showed Mario Andrette McNeill carrying Shaniya into a hotel room, and he was arrested and charged with kidnapping Friday.

Authorities have said McNeill admitted to taking the girl, though his attorney says he will plead not guilty to the charge. They have not said if McNeill and Davis knew each other.

An official at the Cumberland County Detention Center said Davis was still being booked and it was unclear whether she had an attorney. Her first court appearance would likely be Monday.

Shaniya's father, Bradley Lockhart, told The Associated Press he raised his daughter for several years but last month decided to let her stay with her mother. He said Davis struggled financially over the years, but she recently obtained a job and her own place, so Lockhart decided to give her a chance to raise their daughter.

"I should've never let her go over there," he said Saturday night.

Lockhart said police have not told him whether they are any closer to finding his daughter.

"I just want her to come back safe my friend," he said. "I love her very much and I hope she is OK."

He described his relationship with Davis as a "one-night stand" and said he and Davis never argued about him raising Shaniya.

"Shaniya is a precious young lady and she is special," Lockhart said.

Lockhart said he did not know McNeill.


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Authorities say the mother of a 5-year-old girl who disappeared in central North Carolina has been charged with human trafficking and other offenses.

The Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release Saturday night that the girl's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, also faced child abuse and filing a false police report charges, but did not say whether they were related to the girl's disappearance.

Authorities say they still do not know where Shaniya Davis is.

Authorities have said Mario Andrette McNeill has admitted to kidnapping the girl, though his attorney says he will plead not guilty to the charge.

Surveillance footage showed McNeill carrying Shaniya into a hotel room on Tuesday morning, when she was reported missing from a mobile home park.


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