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Autopsy: Slain girl was sexually assaulted

Posted January 12, 2010

— A 5-year-old Fayetteville girl who was kidnapped and killed two months ago was sexually assaulted, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

Shaniya Nicole Davis was reported missing from her home on Nov. 10. Her body was found in a patch of kudzu off a rural road near the Lee-Harnett County line six days later.

An autopsy determined she died of asphyxiation and that injuries she suffered were consistent with a sexual assault. The autopsy report noted she was wearing only an adult-sized black sweatshirt and panties when her body was found.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, of 2613 Pine Springs Drive, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape of a child and first-degree kidnapping in the case. Police have characterized him as a family acquaintance.

Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, has been 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."


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  • sunneyone Jan 14, 2010

    "How long does it take to create a grave headstone? I went to Shaniya's gravesite on Sunday afternoon. All she has is a metal marker with a slip of paper inside. "

    When my father passed away, it took several months to get his stone, because we had a custom stone made with a picture of him inset into it. They could be making something like that.

  • familyfour Jan 13, 2010

    "How long does it take to create a grave headstone? I went to Shaniya's gravesite on Sunday afternoon. All she has is a metal marker with a slip of paper inside. "

    I am dumbfounded......what a precious little soul...

    It doesn't take any longer than you want it to to get a headstone.....least, not around here......

    That is sad.

  • familyfour Jan 13, 2010

    Hope I get picked for Jury Duty, too...

    We ALL already knew that.

  • donnaferguson Jan 13, 2010

    Um this is news? The thing that is charged with her murder was already charged with rape. Why is it still news? Let the poor angel rest and her family have peace for Petes sake.

  • sunneyone Jan 13, 2010

    Some people just cannot be rehabilitated. I think these two fall into that category. What they did is just sick and I think we humans are much too flawed to forgive this.

    They're still awaiting trial because we want the state to have the strongest case possible. Would you want these sickos to get off on a technicality because the state rushed to trial?

    And I think Prancy had a good point. All too often, stories like these are hushed up because it's seen as a violation of the victim. But that makes it easy to turn a blind eye to it happening. "Out of sight, out of mind."

  • oldschooltarheel Jan 13, 2010

    oh how awful, how unbelievably horrific. How can anyone advocate such excretable pieces of filth be allowed to "raise" children? OMG - Newt was right about orphanages being a better alternative for the children. Poor, poor little girl - this story has made me sick.

  • ncguy Jan 13, 2010

    Please put them in general population!

  • Myra Jan 13, 2010

    Autopsy played down in the news - why? Was she brutally sodomized before being taken from her Mom's trailer? HOTEL DESK CLERK rented a room to a man with local ID, no luggage, IN NOVEMBER who had a barefoot child, no coat, no shoes, without question. No helicopters in the air searching for his vehicle. DSS CPS was there for the boy child in trailer; why did they leave the child with a mom known to use drugs? As usual, this story is for selling newspapers, news, and playing down the horrifying news that NC is a PRIME DESTINATION for human sex trafficking. Our Image appears to overrides the pesky details of what is happening out there to our little kids. Where is ROY T COOPER? He is such a fighter for protecting children from sex predators online; now it's time to get busy protecting them offline!!!

  • TodaysCommonSense Jan 13, 2010

    Republican 2010, you are again showing how stupid your comments are and why your broad generalizations are breaking this country apart. You assume that because I am a liberal, that we condone this behavior and don't want justice. I AGREE, that there is no justice that will be harsh enough or fast enough! You see, we agree, what do you know about that!!! However, you assumed that because I am a Democrate, that I would think differently. You need to grow up, learn how to think, and stop generalizing and destroying our country with your dumb remarks and assumptions. While I am at it, learn some respect for others and try to talk to others before you open your pathetic mouth!!!

  • itsme2002 Jan 13, 2010

    let them out into general population (they wouldn't last but a couple of days), then we wouldn't have to waste tax dollars on these poor excuses for human beings.