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There has been a new development in the search for a missing North Carolina girl.
The Fayetteville Police Department announced the arrest of a second man in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.
The suspect, Mario Andrette McNeill, has been charged with first degree kidnapping. At the same time, authorities said kidnapping charges against Clarence Coe, who was arrested on Thursday for allegedly abducting Shaniya, have been dropped. He is expected to be released from custody today.
In a news release, Teresa W. Chance, the Public Information Officer for the Fayetteville Police said Shaniya was seen with McNeill at a hotel early Tuesday morning, around the same time she was reported missing by her mother. Chance said surveillance video from the hotel confirmed the young girl was Shaniya.
Chance also denied an Associated Press report that McNeill confessed to the kidnapping. She said authorities continue to search for Shaniya and encourage anyone with leads to contact the police. “Our ultimate goal is to find her alive and bring her back safely,” Chance told CNN.
McNeill is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center. He will be arraigned this afternoon.
Shaniya was last seen wearing a blue sleep shirt and pink underwear. If you have information on her whereabouts contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856.
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