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November 15th, 2009
09:54 AM ET

Mother charged in connection with daughter's disappearance

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Antoinette Nicole Davis has been charged in connection with her daughter's disappearance.

Antoinette Nicole Davis has been charged in connection with her daughter's disappearance.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The mother of a missing North Carolina girl has been charged in connection with her daughter's disappearance, the Fayetteville Police Department said in a statement released late Saturday night.

The mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, has been charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse, prostitution, and filing a police report.

Authorities did not reveal the details surrounding the arrest, only to say that information they received today led them to file charges against Ms. Davis.

Shaniya Davis, 5, was last seen on Tuesday.

Shaniya Davis, 5, was last seen on Tuesday.

The whereabouts of her daughter, 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, remain unknown, police said. The girl has not been seen since early Tuesday morning when her mother told the police her daughter vanished from their mobile home. However, hotel surveillance video taken around the same time Shaniya was reported missing shows the girl in the company of a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill. He has been charged with first degree kidnapping.

Kidnapping charges against another man, Clarence Coe, who was arrested on Thursday for allegedly abducting Shaniya, have been dropped.

Ms. Davis is currnelty being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Investigators are hoping to find Shaniya Davis alive and bring her back safely.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are being urged to contact the Fayetteville Police at 910-433-1856.

For more crime coverage go to cnn.com/crime.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Yolanda

    I have been trying to imagine what was going on in the mind of whoever killed this child...there are so many details not known to us. What reason would a mother have to allow something like this to happen to such a beautiful little girl? was it out of her control/ Could she stop it? All we can do now is pray for these families...this sweet child is with Him now, no more tears, no more pain, no more fears.

    November 20, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  2. GENEVA

    FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS IVE BEEN TRYING TO GET SOME UNDERSTANDING OUT OF THIS HORRIFIC CRIME,NOTHING IS MAKING SENSE,MY HEART IS BREAKING TO THINK SOMEONE COULD DO THIS TO ANY CHILD,ESPECIALLY THEIR OWN!

    November 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  3. FE28

    IT;S HARD TO BELIVE A MOTHER WOULD DO THIS HORRIFIC THING TO HER CHILD! I HAVE TWO DAUGHTER OF MY OWN AND WOULD HURT SOMEONE THAT HARMED THEM! THIS IS NOT A MOTHER SHE'S A MONSTER THAT IS PREGNAT AGAIN!THIS WOMEN DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE ANY MORE CHILDREN!
    (NO KIDS OR CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE TO GO THREW THIS LIKE THIS LITTLE GIRL DID.NOW SHE'S AN ANGLE R.I.P.)A MOTHER IS SOUPOSE TO PROTECT THIER CHILDREN NOT HARM THEM!

    November 19, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  4. angel

    This child was murdered in the most horrific way. This so called mother and the drug dealer arrested need to be executed. They were the last people that saw her alive. What was that monster doing with this child in a hotel room ????????????????? No mercy to child killers. Its time to start executing these monsters.

    November 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  5. John Peterson

    This is horrific. That a mother could harm her innocent, trusting daughter.

    November 15, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  6. Shenette

    I hope that she is found safe. I will be praying for the little girl and for her mother, who should be punished to the fulliest extent!

    November 15, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  7. Karma09

    I hope to God they find this girl safe and unharmed. This story is just making me sick. How can people do this to their own children?

    November 15, 2009 at 10:31 am |

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