Mom Charged With Sex Slavery in Girl's Death
Shaniya moved in with mother just last month
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 17, 2009 4:47 AM CST
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(Newser) – The mother of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead appeared in court yesterday and was charged with human trafficking and felony abuse. Antoinette Davis, 25, delivered daughter Shaniya to a man "with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude," according to court documents. Davis was calm during a five-minute court appearance in Fayetteville, requested a court-appointed attorney and did not enter a plea.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, has been charged with kidnapping in the case. He was caught on a hotel videotape carrying Shaniya, according to police. The little girl, the result of a "one-night stand," according to dad Bradley Lockhart, had gone to live with her mother for the first time only last month, reports CBS News. "I should have never let her go there," Lockhart said. The kindergartner was "an amazing, breathtaking individual," said Lockhart's sister, who helped raise Shaniya.