November 13th, 2009
01:59 PM ET

Search for missing 5-year-old continues


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

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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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. shy

    i think its a shame what goes on in the minds of some people what can you possibly gain by kidnapping a 5 year old child its a shame this man needs god ill keep shaniya and her family in my prayers.

    November 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  2. Kat

    Well isn't this a little confusing. They arrested the first guy who they are letting go. Im guessing though this man wont go anywhere since they have him on tape with the little girl. I hope he talks let someone know where she is or what happened to her.

    November 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  3. Butterfly Tears

    What on earth is going on with people these days??!! I am just disgusted!!

    Bring this baby back home! Please!! Nothing good is going to come about for you! Please return Shaniya back to her family!!

    And beg you all to please keep your eyes opened! If you see this little girl pease call police! We all have to work together!

    My prayers are with the family.....Shaniya baby girl, we are all praying for your safe return! Please hang on!

    November 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm |