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Trial for Shaniya Davis' mother delayed

Posted September 24, 2013

— The start date of the trial for Antoinette Davis, the mother accused in the death of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis in November 2009, has been delayed by two weeks. 

The trial will begin Oct. 28 rather than Oct. 14. 

Davis is accused of giving her daughter to Mario McNeill in 2009 to settle a drug debt. Six days later, Shaniya Davis' body was found in Lee County. 

McNeill, 32, was convicted of Shaniya's death in May and sentenced to the death penalty. 

The trial was postponed because of a delay in getting transcripts from McNeill's trial for Davis' case.

Davis is accused of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, child abuse, sexual servitude with a child, child abuse sexual act, human trafficking and indecent liberties with a child.

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  • Wake1 Sep 24, 4:02 p.m.

    She is a human being that made mistakes just like you and I have made. 678devilish

    She made a VERY serious mistake & that cost a child her life! It was a conscious decision & not an accident - she deserves to be punished for this - for the rest of here life!!! Period!!!

  • feistyredhead2001 Sep 24, 2:48 p.m.

    678devilish.... usually I would agree to listening to someones story, however she DID admitt to giving her daughter away to pay for a drug debt... after that... like the rest of the NORMAL world... I don't care what she has to say! You seem a little to close to this story and not disgusted at all as to what happened to the little girl and how NO ONE has remorse for her death!!! All I know is now that she is sober ... I pray her daughter haunts her EVERYDAY!!!

  • Lee Co Rat Sep 24, 1:20 p.m.

    678devilish-I tend to agree with your ideology however, I believe
    the mother admitted giving the child away to pay a drug debt. If
    that is true she deserves the same sentence as the killer.

  • PDMARTIN Sep 24, 1:11 p.m.

    What happened to the child she was pregnant with when all this happened?

  • anotherbabyboomer Sep 24, 12:44 p.m.

    I hope they do not offer her a plea bargain.

  • zile1porkey Sep 24, 12:39 p.m.

    She can't plea he is on death row where she should be they aready gave her a break by not asking for the death penalty. She should be on death row to.

  • timmystrickland4022 Sep 24, 12:13 p.m.

    I THINK SHE WILL ASK FOR A
    PLEA BARGAIN

  • michaelclay Sep 24, 12:10 p.m.

    deepntheshadows, I think she's guilty but she does deserve a fair trial. The laws of this country guarantees that.

  • anotherbabyboomer Sep 24, 11:59 a.m.

    She deserves to be heard in a trial, but if found guilty she should have had the death penalty given just like him. I really wish that they would have met the same fate that poor Shaniya was put through.

  • lavjt Sep 24, 11:53 a.m.

    She was a slave to her addiction that resulted in her daughter's death which she will now have to pay for the consequences of her actions and she will have to live with that the remainder of her days on earth.

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