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Suspect in girl's disappearance seen driving off with her

Posted November 12, 2009
Updated November 13, 2009

— A man charged in the Tuesday disappearance of a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl was seen driving off with her, police said Thursday.

Fayetteville police arrested Clarence Darriel Coe, 30, of 211 Brookwood Ave. in Fayetteville, at about 11 p.m. Wednesday and charged him with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of Shaniya Nicole Davis.

The girl is still missing, and police provided no information Thursday morning on her possible whereabouts.

"She's in danger. She was abducted. We're taking this of the utmost importance and seriousness, so we're aggressively looking for her," said Theresa Chance, spokeswoman for the Fayetteville Police Department.

Shaniya Nicole Davis Arrest made in Fayetteville girl's disappearance

The girl's mother, Antoinette Davis, said she put Shaniya on the couch in their home, at 1116-A Sleepy Hollow Drive in Fayetteville, at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. When she went to check on her daughter about an hour later, the girl was missing, Davis told police.

An Amber Alert was initiated for Shaniya several hours later.

A witness saw a man police believe to be Coe driving away from the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park on Tuesday with the girl in his car, police said. Chance declined to identify the witness or say what time the abduction occurred.

A neighbor of the Davis family, Andrea Moore, said she was awakened at about 3 a.m. Tuesday by a banging noise outside her home.

The kidnapping wasn't random, Chance said, noting Coe knows the Davis family. She declined to elaborate on how he knows the family.

"His relationship to that family ... is part of the investigation," she said.

Coe's home on Brookwood Avenue is about 4 miles from the girl's house.

He was previously convicted of assault on a female, breaking and entering, larceny and other charges, according to state Department of Correction records.

Investigators focused on Coe as a suspect in Shaniya's disappearance early on and questioned him Tuesday and Wednesday, Chance said.

Antoinette Davis also was questioned for much of Tuesday and Wednesday, and Shaniya's father flew in from out of state Tuesday afternoon and also spoke with investigators.

"We're dealing with getting very differing stories constantly, so we're trying to piece together the truth and what was going on at the time," Chance said.

Kidnapping suspect makes first court appearance Kidnapping suspect makes first court appearance

Coe showed little emotion during a brief court appearance Thursday afternoon.

"I'm not guilty, sir. That's all I've got to say about it," he told District Judge Tal Bagette.

She confirmed that police pulled a blanket from a garbage can near the Davis house that they believe belongs to Shaniya. She wouldn't discuss how the evidence fits in to the investigation.

Police dogs searched the neighborhood and some nearby woods late Tuesday and didn't pick up Shaniya's scent. Investigators said the dogs would have picked up her trail if she had been walking around the area, prompting them to suspect foul play in the case.

Heavy rains since late Tuesday have hindered further search efforts.

"There's a lot of information we're following up on," Chance said. "We have a lot of people calling now, giving us tips and leads. We're re-interviewing people at the mobile home park that we talked to previously."

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.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-433-1856, 911 or *HP.

Coe was being held Thursday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 2.


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  • SaltlifeLady Nov 12, 2009

    Rheanna, your theory almost makes sense, except that I think had the girl been in this condition at that point she would have been placed in the trunk, or minimally, laid down in the backseat. A witness saw her in the car with him so she must have been sitting up. On another note, how come the other adults in the house have had nothing to say? And they keep referring to her father having flown in from out of state but there has been no word from him either. Doesn't add up. These kids should have all been placed into care of someone else. DSS and CPS definitely messed up on this one.

  • Diabolical Nov 12, 2009

    Another theory since this mother is into drugs and all, Maybe the mother left her drugs out and Shaniya some how got a hold of them. Causing this little girl to O.D. [Which can explain the feces on the blanket]. The mother panics for about an hour, than calls Coe to get her out the situation. I think Coe knows where the body is, but I think the mother was negligent, allowed her kid to get into the stash and therefor should be held accountable as well, and arrested. I think she was passed out, unconscious or dead when coe got there. As soon as Coe left, she than notified the police to report her missing. Seems more of a plausible scenario.

  • Adelinthe Nov 12, 2009

    If he hurt this child, and he's found guilty, turn him over to the WRAL GOLO crowd, and we'll take care of him good.

    Praying for the child. Praying he hasn't hurt or killed her.

    God bless.


  • yindaworld Nov 12, 2009

    I was blown away when i read the article about the AIDS i thought as bad as this whole thing is could it possibly get any worse and sure enough it can if you have any doubt go check it out yourself here is the link
    he makes a comment in the article that he cannot have "stress" due to the virus maybe the little girl was getting on his nerves and he and he mom killed her and got rid of the body he looks like a real idiot in court telling the judge he didn't know why he was there and he was "not guilty". His wrap sheet on the DOC speak for its self he thinks he can beat on woman, he thinks that he is above the law and he has AIDS!!! (wow what a good catch to take home to meet the family )..i pray that she is found safe, and i am also wondering ummmm DSS have you taken the other kids away yet?? If not WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?????

  • finesse187 Nov 12, 2009

    I hope they find this little girl safe and sound!!! Whoever took her I hope they get the max. punishment!!

  • doggypoos Nov 12, 2009

    This guy and the girls mother has issues. Too bad for the little girl being in this kind of home environment. Hope this guy was not abusing this little girl and the mother is covering it up. Wonder if she knows that this guy has HIV. There is a news article that states online that he is complaining that the state(NC) no longer provides him with HIV meds when he got out of prison. Did law enforcement check the grave yard close by where he lives? The mother and this guy knows where that little girl is.

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 12, 2009

    Mobile home park manager says suspect is the mother's boyfriend. When will women learn not to subject their children to just anybody?

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 12, 2009

    It makes me wonder if the suspect was already at the house (sleep over) with the "mother" and left the trailer park with the child in tow. That would possibly explain how he was able to get in or out of the trailer. If they were using drugs that could explain why the "mother" didn't check on her daughter for an hour or "hear" or "see" anything. Than there's still the idea that the "mother" really does know what happened and has something to do with this. Lastly, it seems to me that the search for the child would be extremely hard especially during the weather. One of the main things that de-sensitizes a person's (or object) scent is water- it has been raining for the past couple of days.

    My prayers are still with this child. I hope that she is found safe and unharmed and that she will be placed in the home of a loving family.

  • Diabolical Nov 12, 2009

    "If foul play was suspected, why sit a presumed dead child up and risk someone seeing her in the car in the wee hours of the morning? Had something gone wrong, he would have wanted to hide her.

    I would think she was alive when she left the trailer.

    Okay, if he hid her, it would of went noticeable [like sticking her in a trunk] and the witness sure would of than called the cops at that time and moment.

    If he went about it a normal way and didn't panic than most likely, no one would call the cops and everyone would think he was just a friend of the family. Which is why it took so long because that witness didn't report it because he was a friend of the family.

  • teacher-mom Nov 12, 2009

    What a tragedy. I do not understand why women bring men around their children. From what I am reading here, I might be inclined to believe the Mom was a part of this. I hope they can at least find her body. Yes, we need tolet murderers and rapists out so that they can continue their lives. I hope the next victim is not me.