Local News

Mother of slain Fayetteville girl charged with murder

Posted July 6, 2011

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The mother of a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl who was killed almost two years ago was indicted Wednesday in her death.

A Cumberland County grand jury indicted Antoinette Nicole Davis, 27, of 607 Mechanic St., on charges of first-degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, felony sexual servitude, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking and making a false police report.

She was arrested and placed in the Cumberland County jail. She was denied bond on the murder charge, and bonds totaling $1.5 million were set for the other charges.

Shaniya Davis' body was found in a kudzu patch near the Lee-Harnett county line six days after Antoinette Davis reported the child missing from their Fayetteville home in November 2009.

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.

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

She was released after posting bond on those charges in February 2010.

Gavin MacRoberts, a spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department, said in a statement that police presented the murder charge against Davis to the grand jury "after an extensive review of the investigative file."

Mario Andrette McNeill, 30, has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in Shaniya's death. Police have said he was a friend of the family.

McNeill still hasn't been indicted in the case, and he recently sent a hand-written note from Central Prison in Raleigh, where he is being held for his own safety, to the Cumberland County Clerk of Court to request his release while awaiting trial.

"Release me. It's easiest,"  he said in the note.

96 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • lakeyk1 Jul 11, 2011

    Thankful that the judicial system finally got justice correct.This mother traded her child's life for drug debts,lied to law enforcement and family about the child and has had her freedom for two years of her deceased little girl's life.Will the eluded two years be added to her sentence?as is if one spends 1-2-3 yrs. in jail before their trial with a not guilty verdict then you get "Credit" for those years and/or "For good behavior".That was "Before" trial and should not be entered into the equasion.The victum did not get consideration for good behavior nor credit to keep their life.Crime evidence is as it is called,there should be no statement(entrapment)of "BEYOND!A SHADOW OF A RESONABLE DOUBT",discrediting the evidence,made by any attorney to juriors.This is another sad and disheartening story of a beautiful and innoncent child losing their life by putting their trust and love in their parents and or step parents to care for them. lakeyk1

  • kjackson47 Jul 8, 2011

    Off with her head

  • oldrwizr Jul 8, 2011

    Casey Anthony's bottom-dwellers are available now. Wonder if this childkiller can afford them.

  • gpcatgirl Jul 7, 2011

    She may guilty of some things and even I don't believe some of things that they listed, but she is far from the actual killer. I would rather see the person who did the actual killing, and the one who actually took the little girl, go to the slammer. And, I'm sorry, the girl was holding down 2 jobs before this happened. Looked like she trying to get on with her life. And the people at fault, are the ones who dropped her off there in first place. The guy who grabbed her should be the one charged. She may not be the perfect mother, like Casey Anthony but, I don't think either one them, meant to have their child killed intentionally.

    WHAT IN THE HECK IS ALL THIS BULL!!! THEY SHOULD BE DONE AWAY WITH. WE TAX PAYERS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO KEEP UP THESE USELESS GOOD FOR NOTHING PEOPLE. THEY SHOULD BE EXECUTED, NO TALKING JUST DO IT. AS FAR AS CASEY ANTHONY THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME TO HER IT TAKES AN IGNORANT PERSON NOT TO REALIZE THAT SHE WAS GUILTY. RIP LITTLE ANGEL GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF

  • tvmlcg11 Jul 7, 2011

    I pary that justice will be served for this beautiful innocent little girl. May the convictions of these two monsters be some type of closure for the family.

  • sammyg Jul 7, 2011

    What took so long? Her behind should have stayed in jail from day one. Bond? I don't think so!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 6, 2011

    "She was denied bond on the murder charge, and bonds totaling $1.5 million were set for the other charges."

    YES!!!

    That poor child.

    I pray she didn't suffer overly long, but I'm afraid she did at the hands of that monster and this one.

  • annemarek Jul 6, 2011

    It saddens me that people get so mixed up with living. There are just too many stories like this and many more to come. It seems the little ones are the ones to suffer.

  • jrfergerson Jul 6, 2011

    what is wrong with people - a 15 year old in Henderson NC kills his mother and Casey Anthony trial on killing her own daughter and now this one who has been charged with first-degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, felony sexual servitude, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking and making a false police report of her daughter - Praise the Lord for having mercy on the victims

  • justcommonsense Jul 6, 2011

    People,people.....This is not the same as the Anthony case at all. Though it sickens me that Casey either did the crime herself or knows who did, there was NO...ABSOLUTELY no motive, cause of death etc. The jury cannot convict and gut feelings...no solid evidence.

    In this case however, there is plenty of evidence. They know how this little one died, they know who did it, they know what the "mother" did and how she used this child. This is what's called EVIDENCE...not gut feelings.

    Both of these people need to spend the rest of their lives in prison at best...and that would be too good for them

More...