Fayetteville, N.C. — Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis and Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into whether social workers have turned over all of their records in the death of 5-year-old Shaniya Nicole Davis.
The girl was reported missing from her Fayetteville 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.
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.
Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, has been charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse–prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation. 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.”
McNeill and Antoinette Davis are being held in state prisons in Raleigh for their own protection, authorities said.
The Cumberland County Department of Social Services previously looked at Davis with regard to her 7-year-old son, not Shaniya, according to her uncle, Michael Davis. The case was closed, and Antoinette Davis was able to retain custody of the boy, her uncle said.
DSS Director Brenda Jackson has previously declined to comment on the agency’s involvement with the Davis family, citing the investigation into Shaniya’s death as well as confidentiality rules for child welfare cases.
Grannis sent a letter Friday to Cumberland County Manager James Martin to notify him that he and Bergamine have requested an SBI investigation of DSS.
“Chief Bergamine has requested the SBI’s assistance to determine if Fayetteville police have received complete and accurate records from Cumberland County DSS regarding this case,” Grannis wrote. “Based upon the information provided to me and my senior staff by the Fayetteville Police Department concerning these issues, I share their concern, and I have requested the assistance of the SBI to assist us in this regard.”
In a statement released by Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt, Jackson said she would ensure that her office cooperates with authorities to resolve the matter.
Neither Jackson nor Grannis returned phone calls Monday seeking further comment.
Shaniya’s father, Bradley Lockhart, declined to comment. The girl lived with him and his sister until early October, when he allowed her to go live with Antoinette Davis.
Authorities with the state Child Fatality Task Force already are 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.
In just a matter of a month the families and friends of Somer Thompson, Elizabeth Olten and Shaniya Davis have suffered losses beyond words. Our country and even the world has been riveted by the tragic abductions and deaths of the innocence of these beautiful little girls. These abductions and murders are so remote from each other – yet ending for each was the same, all three children have received their wings from our Spiritual Father.
The twists and turns of each case is outlandish – Elizabeth and Shaniya’s abductors and murderers have been found, arrested and charged but the community that Somer was a part of lives in fear on a daily basis as her assailant is still at large.
We will all sit and wait, glued to the media that will report any piece of information that may make any remote sense to all of us for the loss of these precious children.
Please keep all families in your thoughts and prayers and please don’t forget all of the other children who are not high profile cases that have simply vanished or have received their wings prior to the girls.
To assist parents I would like to share some guidelines to help you to make your child/children more safe.
The first step in protecting your child from potential abductors is to know what you’re dealing with. Here are some important — and potentially surprising — facts about child abductions in the United States:
- Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted.
- In 2001, 840,279 people (adults and children) were reported missing to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The FBI estimates that 85 to 90 percent of those (roughly 750,000 people or 2,000 per day) reported missing were children. The vast majority of these cases are resolved within hours.
- Based on the identity of the perpetrator, there are three distinct types of kidnapping: kidnapping by a relative of the victim or “family kidnapping” (49 percent), kidnapping by an acquaintance of the victim or “acquaintance kidnapping” (27 percent), and kidnapping by a stranger to the victim or “stranger kidnapping” (24 percent).
- Family kidnapping is committed primarily by parents, involves a larger percentage of female perpetrators (43 percent) than other types of kidnapping offenses, occurs more frequently to children under 6, equally victimizes juveniles of both sexes, and most often originates in the home.
- Acquaintance kidnapping involves a comparatively high percentage of juvenile perpetrators, has the largest percentage of female and teenage victims, is more often associated with other crimes (especially sexual and physical assault), occurs at homes and residences, and has the highest percentage of injured victims.
- Stranger kidnapping victimizes more females than males, occurs primarily at outdoor locations, victimizes both teenagers and school-age children, is associated with sexual assaults in the case of girl victims and robberies in the case of boy victims (although not exclusively so), and is the type of kidnapping most likely to involve the use of a firearm.
- Only about one child out of each 10,000 missing children reported to the local police is not found alive. However, about 20 percent of the children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in nonfamily abductions are not found alive.
- In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child’s home.
- Most potential abductors grab their victims on the street or try to lure them into their vehicles.
- About 74 percent of the victims of nonfamily child abduction are girls.
- Acting quickly is critical. Seventy-four percent of abducted children who are ultimately murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction.
- One in five children 10 to 17 years old receive unwanted sexual solicitations online.
- In a 1998 study of parents’ worries by pediatricians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, nearly three-quarters of parents said they feared their children might be abducted. One-third of parents said this was a frequent worry — a degree of fear greater than that held for any other concern, including car accidents, sports injuries, or drug addiction.
Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation; National Crime Information Center; U.S. Justice Dept.; Vanished Children’s Alliance; Redbook, February 1998; State of Washington’s Office of the Attorney General; United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Juvenile Justice Bulletin, June 2000
IN MEMORY OF ALL OF THE CHILDREN THAT ARE MISSING OR HAVE RECEIVED THEIR WINGS………..
I am a tiny angel …
I’m smaller than your thumb;
I live in people pockets,
That’s where I have my fun.
I don’t suppose you’ve seen me,
I’m too tiny to detect;
Though I’m with you all the time,
I doubt we’ve ever met.
Before I was an Angel …
I was a fairy in a flower;
God, Himself, hand-picked me,
And gave me Angel power.
Now God has many Angels
That He trains in Angel pools;
We become His eyes, and ears, and hands …
We become His special tools.
And because God is so busy,
With way too much to do;
He said that my assignment
Was to keep close watch on you.
Then He tucked me in your pocket,
Blessing you with Angel care;
Saying I must never leave you,
And I vowed to stay right there!
~ Virginia Ellis ~
Copyright © 1999
Can you as a mother…………….a parent even fathom the thought of handing over your child to a pimp to get raped and sodomized, selling her child to human trafficking most likely for drug money? Did she sell her child for a rock of crack? And who wouldn’t like to wipe the smug look off of McNeill’s face? I can certainly think of many right now.
Human trafficking stats, source: Polaris Project
- 244,000 American children are at risk of child and commercial sexual exploitation
- 38,600 of approximately 1.6million runaways and thrown away youth are at risk of sexual endangerment and exploitation
- 12-14 is the average age of first involvement in prostitution
- 27 million currently in modern-day slavery globally
- 800,000 trafficked across international borders annually
- over 161 countries experience trafficking
- $32 billion is generated in profits from human trafficking
Antoinette Davis turned her own innocent child over to human trafficking monsters for her own selfishness, in reality she killed her child because she sold her child and is ultimately responsible for her murder. She may not have physically performed the deed, however she is and must be held accountable for Shaniya’s murder. We have learned also that Antoinette Davis is infact pregnant! It is not known who the father of the unborn child is to date.
Antoine Davis has been charged in North Carolina with two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges:
- human trafficking was a class C felony punishable by 261 months in prison
- felony child abuse for prostitution as it carries a class E felony offering 8 months in prison
- two misdemeanor charges against her that could carry 60 days each
Additional felony charges are pending upon the formal autopsy report as to the cause of death. Should she be charged with felony murder she could face the death penalty by lethal injection as North Carolina carries the death penalty.
As Antoinette Davis entered the courtroom of the Cumberland County Detention Center wearing a light tan jail jumpsuit, her eyebrows were that of a confused individual. Antoinette licked her lips in constant motion as many would during a drug withdraw. She grew semi-alert when the Judge spoke.
In the days to come when Antoinette Davis might begin to become semi-aware of her actions, many wonder just why a mother could do such a thing to a beautiful daughter.
There is no pity for her actions – she was given a chance to be a “mother” and it only took a month or less for her true colors to shine through.
SANFORD, NC (WTVD) — Police Monday found the body of missing 5-year-old who has been the focus of a nationwide Amber Alert .
The child’s remains were located in an area bordered by Highway 87 south and Walker Road – just south of Sanford – during a second day of searching.
Fayetteville police spokesperson, Theresa Chance said the body of a child was located about 100 feet off the road. She said Shaniya Davis’ family would be called on to make a positive identification. Another news conference was scheduled for later this afternoon.
Davis was last seen alive at a Comfort Suites hotel in Sanford last week – the same morning her mother reported her missing from her Fayetteville home. Police say a surveillance video from the hotel showed the child with 29-year-old Mario McNeill.
A Facebook page was set up Monday for people to leave messages for the family and talk about the tragedy.
At the time this alert was sent out – many stopped, shook our heads, shed tears going silent.
When a loved one is missing you always hold out hope that just perhaps someone may have the victim, come to their senses and release him/her to freedom. Unfortunately, statistics reveal quite the opposite. This is extremely troubling, confusing and leave all for a loss of words.
Children are totally innocent and they have no voice as to their safety and what parents may do to them. Shaniya was totally innocent and her death is a selfish act by individuals that have no remorse. Anyone that could or would harm an innocent child is truly scum. I know that so many advocates and parents have these same feelings, it is imperative to continue to bring attention to this epidemic – “human/child trafficking and child prostitution“.
Every child wants/needs/deserves security and to be loved unconditionally. Children are a Gift from God. Children are totally innocent and anyone that harms a child deserves to be punished to the utmost.
Unfortunately, Shaniya’s case is not unique in some respects, according to child advocates; but part of a social epidemic that authorities are addressing. For far too long in America, the attitude toward child trafficking has been that it’s terrible, but happens somewhere else. Guess what……it’s happening right in our communities, streets, homes, cities/towns right here in the United States.
Shaniya is with our Lord and Savior. No more pain, no more tears.
Forever in our thoughts and prayers Shaniya. Finally at peace.
God saw you
God saw you getting tired.
So he wrapped his arms around you, and whispered, “come to me”.
You didn’t deserve what you went through, so he gave you rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, he only takes the best.
And when found sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain
No one could wish you back to suffer again.
In Loving Memory – Shaniya Davis
SANFORD, NC (WTVD) — Police said they will continue a search of the Highway 87 corridor from Spring Lake to Sanford Monday morning. Fayetteville police confirmed Sunday that they were searching on the ground for the missing 5-year-old girl. Chopper 11 footage showed dozens of officers and a Fayetville forensics truck on the scene Sunday afternoon.
Officers were searching Sunday near Walker Road off Highway 87 in the Sanford area.
Sanford is about 40 miles north of Fayetteville. Police did not say if they were looking for a body or if they hoped to find Shaniya Davis alive.
Witnesses told ABC11 Eyewitness News they saw officers searching a ravine in that area at around 10 a.m, Sunday. A State Highway Patrol official confirms their helicopter also aided in the search.
News of the search came a day after Shaniya’s mother Antoinette Davis, 25, was charged in her disappearance Tuesday.
Davis is charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse, prostitution, filing a false police report, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing police.
On Friday, 29-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill was also charged in the case. Police said McNeill was taken into custody after they got a tip from a hotel in Sanford that he had been there with Davis the same morning her mother reported her missing. Detectives said surveillance video at the Comfort Inn showed the man carrying the girl towards an elevator at 6:11 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Fayetteville police spokeperson Theresa Chance said McNeill turned himself in Thursday night and has been questioned. She said he admitted to taking Davis.
McNeill has an extensive criminal background. An ABC11 check of his record turned up convictions for selling illegal drugs, assault, shooting into an occupied home, and more.
He was arraigned on first-degree kidnapping charges Friday and was ordered held on $100,000 bond. His lawyer said he would enter a not guilty plea.
Anyone having any information on the current whereabouts of Shaniya Davis is urged to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856. To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at (910) 483-8477.
Please keep this beautiful little girl in your thoughts and prayers.