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.
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