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Shaniya Davis' Mother Indicted On Murder Charges

2:57 PM, Jul 6, 2011   |    comments
Courtesy: WRAL
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Cumberland County, NC -- The mother of Shaniya Davis, a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl killed in November 2009, has been indicted on murder and other charges in her death.

Antoinette Nicole Davis was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, felony sexual servitude, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking and making a false police report.   She is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on $1.5 million bond.

Davis reported Shaniya missing from her Cumberland County home in November 2009.  Her body was found in some weeds near the Harnett and Lee County lines.

Mario McNeill is accused of kidnapping Shaniya after surveillance footage from a Lee County hotel showed him carrying the girl.   He is charged with raping and murdering the girl.  Police said he was a friend of the family.

An autopsy results listed the cause of death as asphyxiation.  They also noted that she suffered injuries consistent with sexual assault.

It was noted by the medical examiner in the autopsy that investigators believe the Shaniya was used to pay off a drug debt.


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