NC Police Find Body of Missing Girl, 5

Mom was charged with trafficking after Shaniya Davis spotted with man

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 16, 2009 1:13 PM CST

(Newser) – Searchers found the body of a missing 5-year-old off a road today, ending a weeklong search for the girl, whose mother stands accused of offering her for sex, police said. A Fayetteville Police spokeswoman says that searchers found Shaniya Davis' body southeast of Sanford in central North Carolina. Two people have been charged in her disappearance, including her mother, Antoinette Davis, 25.

Police charged Davis with human trafficking and felony child abuse, saying Shaniya was offered for prostitution. A first court appearance for Davis was scheduled this afternoon, and police said she did not yet have an attorney. Authorities also charged Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, with kidnapping after he was seen in surveillance footage carrying Shaniya at a Sanford hotel. Authorities said McNeill admitted taking the girl, though his attorney said he will plead not guilty.

In this undated photo provided by the City of Fayetteville Police Department, Antoinette Nicole Davis. Davis, the mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, faces a child abuse charge involving prostitution as well as filing a false police report, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.
In this undated photo provided by the City of Fayetteville Police Department, Antoinette Nicole Davis. Davis, the mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, faces a child abuse charge involving prostitution...   ((AP Photo/City of Fayetteville Police Department))
This undated photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows Shaniya Nicole Davis.
This undated photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows Shaniya Nicole Davis.   ((AP Photo/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) NO SALES)
An image made from surveillance video shows a man carrying a girl identified by police as 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC.
An image made from surveillance video shows a man carrying a girl identified by police as 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC.   ((AP Photo/Fayetville, NC Police Dept.))
An image made from surveillance video shows a man carrying 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC. Davis was spotted in Sanford with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill, said Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Teresa Chance. She was seen with him Tuesday, about an...
An image made from surveillance video shows a man carrying 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC. Davis was spotted in Sanford with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill,...   ((AP Photo/Fayetville, NC Police Dept.))
Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, has been charged in the disappearance of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.
Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, has been charged in the disappearance of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.   (AP Photo/Fayetville, NC Police Dept.)
Mario Andrette McNeill makes his first appearance at the Cumberland County Detention Center, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 in Fayetteville, NC.
Mario Andrette McNeill makes his first appearance at the Cumberland County Detention Center, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 in Fayetteville, NC.   (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Marcus Castro)
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