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Slain 5-year-old girl remembered in Fayetteville

Posted November 16, 2010

— Family and friends gathered on Tuesday night to remember a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl found dead one year ago.

Shaniya Davis was reported missing from her Fayetteville home on Nov. 10, 2009. Her body was found in a patch of kudzu off a rural road near the Lee-Harnett County line six days later.

The memorial was held at Freedom International Ministries, 3421 Murchison Road. 

Rachel Cox was living in New Jersey when she heard about Shaniya's death, and felt compelled to reach out to her family.

“She deserves to have a voice from all of us parents, all of us adults, all of the people who feel that this was such a tragedy but something good can come out of it,” Cox said Tuesday.

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.

Shaniya Davis, Memorial remembers slain 5-year-old

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 Shaniya's death. 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."

Shaniya's father, Brad Lockhart, started a website in memory of his daughter. He said it is his mission to help save other children. 

"We have to quit looking at the victim dying. We have to figure out ways that we can prevent the victim from dying," he said. 


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  • SmileAndNod Nov 19, 2010

    Sayitoutloud...she was never charged with Murder. Now that I will never understand. I thought if murder occurs in the commission of another felony, you are charged with both crimes.

  • sayitoutloud Nov 19, 2010

    If the "mother" has been charged with all that is listed above, then why is she not sitting in jail? I dont understand it. I know she was also pregnant at the time that Shaniya went missing, where is that child? Hopefully not being raised by her. Come on Cumberland Co. lets get this trial going and get both of them in the line for the needle.

  • wildcat Nov 17, 2010

    This has nothing to do with this little girl’s race!

    It certainly do not have to do with the child's race. Good point and I thank you for the comment.

  • wildcat Nov 17, 2010

    Princess, he didn't raise her, his sister did.

    Maybe that is the problem. He was never a father to her just in name only.

  • wildcat Nov 17, 2010

    The father was not all that. If he was, he would not have endangered this child's life by putting her in danger and walking away, leaving her their alone with these drug addicts including her bio. mother. He is just as guilty. Why do you think it is eating him up?

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  • SmileAndNod Nov 17, 2010

    Princess, he didn't raise her, his sister did.

  • princessdukedaisey Nov 17, 2010

    She had a man that fathered her but then send her to her drug addicted mother because I suspect he didn't want a biracial child. airbornemonty

    He raised her for 4 years before allowing her 'mother' the opportunity to try and raise her. This has nothing to do with this little girl’s race!

  • bear2010 Nov 17, 2010

    hmmm..what was the common bond between Brad Lockart and Antoinette Davis? He knew who she was...why did he give his baby to Antoinette? He decided to take that common bond on his own...If he such an angel the same energy he's using to create a website for abuse children, he could of used it to find other ways to keep his daughter away from Antoinette...YOU DO NOT GIVE A SICK PERSON GREAT RESPONSIBILITY LIKE RAISING CHILDREN!!

  • princessdukedaisey Nov 17, 2010

    Butterfly... thank you for answering my question.

    I agree that Antoinette Davis should be in prison in the GENERAL public instead of a solitary cell. She has no right to be walking the streets after what she did.