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Slain girl's mother moved to women's prison in Raleigh

Posted November 24, 2009

— The mother of a slain 5-year-old Fayetteville girl was transferred Tuesday from the Cumberland County Detention Center to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, authorities said.

Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, has been charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse–prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation in the disappearance of her daughter, Shaniya Nicole Davis.

Shaniya 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.

She died of asphyxiation, according to preliminary autopsy results.

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 hasn't been charged in the girl's death.

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.

Davis was being held in a safe-keeping cell away from the general prison population in Raleigh, according to state Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree.


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  • Tax Man Nov 25, 2009

    Vietnam Vet - I agree - if ever a case was for the death penalty this is it - for both the mother who sold her child into sexual slavery and ultimate death and for the rapist/murderer. And please, lets get this to trial soon and them executed soon. This woman does not deserve to ever have a child - she needs to die!

  • willowisthankfulforchristmas Nov 25, 2009

    wild shanyais obit siad she had 4 other siblings then her makes 5 , oh okay it makes 6 then, still a baby breeder on welfare

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    How many are actually watching over their children since this tragedy? Most are all talk until something happens.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving day and weekend.

    Watch the children for their safety. Children a lot of times don't be thinking.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    Continue to pray for the same things is happining some where else in the United States and not just NC.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    If the child was left in the sister's care, she should have never allowed the child to leave with the mother. This was poor judgement on her part.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    The father should have check out the mother's living conditions and friends before allowing his daughter to live with the said mother. May all unmarried parents learn from this.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    She still going to get a protected cell?

    She deserves it as well as a fair trial.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    the baby she is about to have will be her eight if im correct

    I don't believe this girl has has eight children. Please do a recheck.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    Going to the women's prison in Raleigh will give this mother a taste of what is going to happen to her and where her new home will be for a very long time.