Fayetteville, NC -- Prosecutors in Cumberland County said they plan to seek the death penalty against the man charged in the death of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.
Mario Andrette McNeill has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in Shaniya's death. Her body was found near the Lee-Harnett county line in November 2009, six days after she was reported missing.
Autopsy results showed that Davis died of asphyxiation and she also had injuries consistent with a sexual assault. The medical report stated that investigators believed the girl was used to pay off a drug debt.
In July, Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Davis, was indicted on charges of first degree murder, indecent liberties with a minor, felony child abuse, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking and making a false police report.
Warrants for her arrest stated "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya."
Bond was set for Antoinette Davis' murder charge at $2 million. She already had bonds totaling $1.5 million for previous charges.
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