Fayetteville police have found the body of the missing five year-old girl Shaniya Davis. Read more on this tragic story of Shaniya Davis and her mother Antoinette selling her daughter as a sex slave below.
Shaniya Davis was found dead in an area near Highway 87 south and Walker Road, just south of Sanford.
Shaniya Davis was last seen alive at the Comfort Suites hotel in Sanford last week, the morning her mother Antoinette reported her missing from their Fayetteville home. The surveillance video from the Comfort Suites hotel showed Shaniya being carried by Mario McNeill, 29. See the surveillance photos below.
The police located little Shanyia’s body just seven miles from the hotel.
Mario McNeill turned himself in Thursday night and police say he confessed that he took Shaniya. But McNeill’s attorney stated his client would plead not guilty.
Police arrested the child’s mother, Antoinette Davis on Saturday. Shaniya’s mother is accused of human trafficking, prostitution and felony child abuse. Antoinette reportedly provided her daughter with intent that the girl be held as a sex slave.
From CBS news:
Shaniya Davis, the daughter of the arrested mother Antoinette Nicole Davis was reported missing from her home on Tuesday morning, when she was put on the couch at 5.30am, and was gone an hour later when she came to check on her.
Antoinette Nicole Davis has being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $51,000 bond since Saturday.
The father of the missing girl, Bradley Lockhart said that he raised the 5-year-old for a number of years, but after the mother recently got a new job and a new home, decided to let his daughter stay with her mother. He claims that the relationship between himself and Antoinette Nicole Davis was a “one night stand,” and have never had issues about raising Shaniya.
Although police have arrested Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, on Friday, who has apparently admitted to taking the girl, will plead not-guilty to charges of first-degree kidnapping.
The missing girl and NcNeill were supposedly captured on a security video from a hotel at 6.11am, but by the time investigators got there, they had checked out.
Shaniya is described as 3 feet tall and 40 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt with pink underwear. She is thin and has a scar on her foot.
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