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Cumberland awaits DSS probe after girl's slaying

Posted September 19, 2010

— Cumberland County's top prosecutor says he wants to see the results of an investigation into the county's social services department launched after a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and slain last year.

Prosecutor Ed Grannis requested the inquiry after questions were raised about the county’s contact with the family of Shaniya Davis before her disappearance. The Fayetteville girl was abducted and killed in November.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Sunday that the State Bureau of Investigation probe is finished, but Grannis has yet to meet with investigators or county officials.

The county agency was questioned after critics alleged documents might have been altered after the slaying.

Separately, the state Child Fatality Task Force was looking into any DSS contact with the Davis family. The task force studies all child deaths in North Carolina to make recommendations to legislators on changes to state laws and administrative polices to prevent future deaths.

DSS Director Brenda Jackson has previously declined to comment on the agency's involvement with Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, citing the investigation into the death and confidentiality rules for child welfare cases.

Shaniya had lived with her father, Bradley Locklear, and his sister until he allowed her to go live with Davis in early October.

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." Davis was charged with with human trafficking, felony child abuse–prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, is charged with first-degree murder, rape of a child and kidnapping in the case.

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.

Davis has been released from prison after a family member posted a $51,000 bond. McNeill is being held without bond in a safe-keeping cell at Central Prison in Raleigh.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer


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  • UPTOP Sep 20, 2010

    Wow, I can't believe someone posted the mother out on bond ! I'm sure the Father has to live with his decision everyday for the rest of his life. I don't think HE thought she'd do anything like that to a child she carried for nine whole months !!!

  • hallc Sep 20, 2010

    Did DSS take the baby she was pregnant with when she was charged? What about her other childen. Hopefully someone took any child she may have been responsible for and placed in a protected environment away from her!

  • jafarmg2 Sep 20, 2010

    The mother should be in PRISON facing 1st degree murder charges too. She should NOT be free! I remember reading that the mother was pregnant again...does anyone know anything about that baby????

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 20, 2010

    I care more for the welfare of my animals than this father did for his own daughter. She should have never been allowed to live with the mother under any circumstances.

  • allsmileshere Sep 20, 2010

    and again we protect the murderer "safe-keeping cell"

  • Winston Sep 20, 2010

    "My GOD, how could she do that?" SO LOW

    A crack addict will do ANYTHING. I kinda sorta maybe feel a little bad...for the the things I've made some crack addicts do.

  • SO LOW Sep 20, 2010

    This has got to be one of the saddest things ever. I hope that one day her "mother" will eventually realize what she has done and that those very thoughts torment her the rest of her wretched life.

    My GOD, how could she do that?

  • garnertoy Sep 20, 2010

    swtpea44 you got that right

  • sssh.. whisper Sep 20, 2010

    The family member that posted bail for the "mother" isn't much more humane than she is! The monster that "SOLD" her daughter should be in a cell and should also be charged with accessory to murder.

    RIP Shaniya