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Slain Fayetteville girl's mother released on bond

Posted February 24, 2010

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— The Fayetteville woman accused of prostituting her 5-year-old daughter, who was then killed, has been released on bond, authorities said Wednesday.

Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, was released Sunday from North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, where she was held in a safe-keeping cell, on a $51,000 bond. Cumberland County deputies then returned her to Fayetteville, authorities said.

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.

Antoinette Davis is 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."

Her bond was initially set in November at $50,000 on the human trafficking and child abuse charges and $1,000 on the obstruction and false report charges, attorney D.W. Bray said Wednesday. A family member posted the bond this weekend, he said.

Antoinette Davis was staying Wednesday with an aunt on Mary Street, off Ramsey Street, in Fayetteville. Her uncle, Arthur Cromartie, said she was "doing fine."

"She just wants to rest and get herself together," Cromartie said. "It's hard being behind bars."

Shaniya Davis' aunt expresses anger over mother's release Aunt expresses anger over mother's release

Carey Lockhart-Davis, Shaniya Davis' aunt, said Wednesday that she is upset over Antoinette Davis’ release.

"When I first found out about it, I was a little angered,” Carey Lockhart-Davis said. "I just miss Shaniya, and what about her life and her freedom.”

Antoinette Davis' next court hearing is set for April 15.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, of 2613 Pine Springs Drive, is 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.

McNeill is being held without bond in a safe-keeping cell at Central Prison.

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.

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  • CJZMOM Mar 1, 2010

    I understand unconditional love, but this is hard for me to comprehend or support. This would truly be one relative that I would have to pray to love from a far distance. I have people in my family who abuse drugs. My love is offering to pay for rehab; not bonds.

  • pebbles262004 Feb 26, 2010

    This is one sorry family!! period ,lower than yard dirt, AD and the aunt and uncle that have taken her in so she can rest bless her heart (not)

  • Jack Flash Feb 26, 2010

    "You wouldn't feel that way if it were YOUR CHILD that had been given to a man for drugs, sexually assaulted and murdered!!!"

    That's really not a fair argument to use here. There's good reason why we don't trust judgment and sentencing to the emotionally distraught people so personally affected by such a case, and how any of us might react on an emotional level really has no inherent connection to what should happen according to law. Otherwise we'd be executing people on the side of the road for driving too far with their turn signal on accidentally.

  • jennz Feb 25, 2010

    exactly familyfour not all addicts have stooped so low as to do what AD has done. Her habit has to be something serious, she must be still getting high

  • absolutelyunnecessary Feb 25, 2010

    Lord have mercy.

  • familyfour Feb 25, 2010

    I bet she has already been back to her dealers, and is high at this moment.

  • eric52272 Feb 25, 2010

    i hope nothing bad happens to her while she awaits trial

  • Weetie Feb 25, 2010

    jennz: It sounds to me like this child had no parents.

  • Weetie Feb 25, 2010

    Antoinette Davis was staying Wednesday with an aunt on Mary Street, off Ramsey Street, in Fayetteville. Her uncle, Arthur Cromartie, said she was "doing fine."

    "She just wants to rest and get herself together," Cromartie said. "It's hard being behind bars."

  • Weetie Feb 25, 2010

    This is unbelievable...

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