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Mother, friend plead not guilty in Fayetteville girl's death

Posted February 9, 2012

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— The mother of a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl and a family friend pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the girl's death more than two years ago.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 30, has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of Shaniya Davis, whose body was found in a kudzu patch near the Lee-Harnett county line on Nov. 16, 2009, six days after her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, reported her missing from their Fayetteville home.

Authorities say Antoinette Davis was complicit in her daughter's death. Arrest warrants stated that she "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya."

An autopsy determined that Shaniya died of asphyxiation and that injuries she suffered were consistent with a sexual assault. A medical examiner noted in the autopsy that investigators believe the girl was used to pay off a drug debt.

A Cumberland County grand jury indicted Antoinette Davis in July 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.

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty against McNeill but not Antoinette Davis. No trial dates have been set.

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  • Sherlock Feb 13, 2012

    They will not be convicted, they will came an unfair jury, the case has to be move etc. etc.... This case is over, the way the DA's Office and the courts are in Cumberland....

  • muggs Feb 9, 2012

    not pc, You make alot of sense with your comment this has been a problem for along time and wish some one would make a stand,limitations need to be made as to what amount can be spent these trials go on forever even when the evidence is overwhelming.

  • not pc Feb 9, 2012

    people listen this is costing every tax payer a ton of money these sorry lawyers telling these people that they have a case when the cops have so much evidence against them. people you need to complaine to the attoney general about court appointed lawyers,that dont tell these people you dont stand a chance. this is just like the case in chapel hill of that sorry lawyer that defended the scumbag that killed eve carson they had so much evidence against him it wasnt funny and it cost all tax payers thousandes of dollars,to defend this pieace of trash.

  • wifeandmomasof112208 Feb 9, 2012

    They need to get on with it all and let that poor little girl finally rest in peace.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Feb 9, 2012

    cn38of50 - Why bother giving anyone the death penalty?

    Living to see old age is a privilege.

  • cn38of50 Feb 9, 2012

    Why bother giving anyone the death penalty? They are more likely to die of old age before they are executed. People on death row live better than a lot of people busting their buns every day working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Feb 9, 2012

    I can only pray that the judge and jury makes an example out of these two.

  • missmynellie Feb 9, 2012

    I am feeling really bad that we keep calling Antionette Shaniya's mother. Let's call her the person who gave birth to Shaniya. I really think Antionette deserves the death penalty because she put the child she gave birth to in harm's hands without any thought or effort to protect her. And that's another reason we should not call her Shaniya's mother. How either one can plead not guilty is a shame. Taking responsibility for what they have done is the least they can do for Shaniya's memory. I'm glad ol' boy pled not guilty. Lets take him to trial and let the chips fall. You can't get the death penalty with a plea deal. And Buckie, I'm so sorry for you. Please catch up on the facts of the case.

  • OnlyTheBestWillDo Feb 9, 2012

    Guilty!

  • ladyblue Feb 9, 2012

    Authorities say Antoinette Davis was complicit in her daughter's death. Arrest warrants stated that she "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya."

    If that can be proven, that should hold her in jail until she's too old to do it again to another innocent child. I'm sure if the man hadn't of killed this precious kid, mommy may be thinking of this again in the future for this child. This case makes me as angry as the one of little girl from Australia who was butchered in hickory NC.

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