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Warrants: Girl abducted, raped, killed on same day

Posted November 20, 2009

— Shaniya Nicole Davis was raped and killed the same day she was taken from her Fayetteville home, according to arrest warrants released Friday.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, of 2613 Pine Springs Drive, was charged late Thursday with first-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child. He said little and showed no emotion during a brief court appearance Friday afternoon.

After the hearing, he was transferred from the Cumberland County Detention Center to Central Prison in Raleigh, where he was being kept in a special cell for his protection.

Mario McNeill in court Web only: Suspect in girl's murder in court

Antoinette Nicole Davis reported her 5-year-old daughter missing from their Fayetteville home on Nov. 10. The girl's body was found in a patch of kudzu off a rural road near the Lee-Harnett County line six days later.

Arrest warrants state Shaniya was sexually assaulted and killed on Nov. 10.

She died of asphyxiation, according to preliminary autopsy results.

Her funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Manna Church, 5117 Cliffdale Road in Fayetteville.

McNeill was charged with first-degree kidnapping a week ago in Shaniya's disappearance. He surrendered to police after the release of hotel security video from a Comfort Suites in Sanford that appears to show him carrying Shaniya on the morning of her disappearance.

In an affidavit for a warrant to search McNeill's 1997 Mitsubishi Galant, investigators said McNeill told them he picked Shaniya up in front of her home and drove her to the hotel.

McNeill's mother attended the Friday afternoon court hearing, but she left quickly without speaking to reporters.

Ann Summers, Shaniya Davis' grandmother, Antoinette Davis' mother Slain girl's grandmother: 'He's a maggot'

Davis' mother, Ann Summers, also was at the hearing. Afterward, she said she didn't know how McNeill got her granddaughter or even knew anybody in her family.

"To me, he ain't nothing but a maggot," Summers said.

Davis, 25, was arrested Saturday and charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse–prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation. Arrest warrants state that Davis "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya."

Summers said her daughter never would have prostituted Shaniya. She also denied that Davis was involved with drugs.

"She had her stuff together. She had her own house, and she kept it clean. She took care of her child. She did what a mother was supposed to do for her kids," she said.

Police haven't said whether Davis could face additional charges or whether anyone else could be arrested in the case.

McNeill had been on probation for an April 2008 conviction for drug possession, speeding to elude arrest and assaulting a government official. Officials ended his supervision in October – six months early – saying he had complied with all requirements.

He also was convicted in 2003 for a triple shooting and in 2007 for another drug offense.

Fayetteville police said the investigation of Shaniya's death has taken an emotional toll on all who have been involved in the case.

"It's still emotional. It's one of those things (that's been) the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and I've seen a lot of stuff," Capt. Mark Bridgeman said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 23, 2009

    After 20 "I hope he dies" type comments here, I stopped counting.

    You folks didn't dissapoint me.

    The "love" & "forgiveness" that you reinforce every Sunday is nowhere to be found. You'd make good lynching mobs.

  • the EX Nov 20, 2009

    what then, admin26, IS justice in this case if not executing this girl's killer? It's not about deterring crime, it's about doing WHAT IS RIGHT. The right thing to do is put these two murderers to death. That is justice.

  • carolinejosh Nov 20, 2009

    Well said, itsmyopinion! Of course, the woman has no shame... i.e., appearing at a court proceeding dressed that way and unkempt ~ so it's not a surprise she'd have the gall to open her mouth.

  • admin26 Nov 20, 2009

    I think all of the people who are yelling for them to be executed just prove how uncivilized and blood thirsty this country is. MOST westernized societies don't have the death penalty and they STILL don't have the rate of homicides that the US does. Just saying kill 'em all is not a workable policy cuz the death penalty has obviously NOT been a deterrant since it's re-instatement in the 70's. According to your warped view, murders should have stopped once it became an option. We all know that didn't happen. What we all should be looking at is the culture of violence and lack of humanity that exists in this country. Locking up more people than China has made this country no more safe. There will always be evil amongst us, as I recall lynch mobs used to be the norm in the "good ol south" at one time--- becoming just as criminally insane as the criminally insane will bring us no closer to justice.

  • felic55 Nov 20, 2009

    I think McNeill used the blanket to wipe the child and threw it in the neighbors trash on his way out of the park. The neigbor said she heard the commotion at the trash can at 3.30, which means he took the child much earlier than stated.
    I am thinking that Shaniya was abused the whole time she was with Davis, (I don't want to call her a mother), the father was returning home and she and McNeill had to make her disappear as she would have told her father.
    Davis's mother should shut up, she knows full well Davis did not have a house although it seems that she did work. I am wondering who took care of Shaniya when she was away, was it her sister? If this is the case this could be how this all happened, McNeill was Davis's sister's boyfriend! I think the sister has more knowledge of the whole thing, wasn't she in the trailer when this happened?

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 20, 2009

    mwilliams222 said, "...Now, I don't need to hear about it for the next several months, except maybe a headline when the guilty verdict is reached and then again when the sentencing happens."

    Google is your friend; find a story that interests you.

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 20, 2009

    I would be in hiding if she were my daughter, and I'm sure my daughter knows that.

  • felic55 Nov 20, 2009

    >Could they move on from this story already? mwilliams222 >How cold hearted are you?!

    mwilliams? Why are you still here? You can move on yourself and not pay any attention to this or this forum.
    I can guarantee if it was your child you would not be saying this.

  • admin26 Nov 20, 2009

    I disagree that the death penalty is a deterrant, if it was, murders would have ceased after it was re-instated in the 70's. Sociopaths don't pay any attention to the laws. I wonder is Antoinette Davis a crack baby cuz her mother sure seems like a crackhead?

  • carolinejosh Nov 20, 2009

    I have to agree with the other posters who wrote about Ms. Davis' mother comments. Can we say DENIAL?!?!? If you listen to her daughter's 911 call, you can tell how staged it was. I can't believe the woman would even speak to the media. I'd be absolutely horrified if that was my daughter!