A judge has appointed a new attorney for the North Carolina man charged with slaying a 5-year-old girl.
Multiple media outlets report that a capital public defender was appointed Wednesday for 29-year-old Mario McNeill after his attorney withdrew from the case.
McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Shaniya Davis.
The Fayetteville girl was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 10. Authorities say McNeill picked the girl up in front of her home and drove her more than 30 miles to a hotel in Sanford, where she was last seen alive. Surveillance video captured McNeill carrying the girl in the building.
Shaniya's mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution.
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