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Missing 5-year-old found Dead: Police say her mother sold her for Sex

The search for missing and initially presumed kidnapped 5-year-old Shaniya Davis has ended with the grim recovery of her body not too far from the hotel where surveillance cameras captured her in the arms of her confessed abductor.

Shaniya’s mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis reported the little girl missing last Tuesday morning. Shaniya allegedly shared a small mobile home with her mother, her 7-year-old brother, her aunt, another child, and her aunt’s current boyfriend. It was at 6:53 AM that Tuesday morning when Shaniya’s mother called police to report her daughter missing. Davis said she last saw her daughter in the trailer at 5:30 AM; however surveillance videos subsequently revealed that Shaniya was seen in the arms of Shaniya’s aunt’s ex-boyfriend, Mario Andrette McNeill at 6:11 AM that morning in a hotel some 40 miles northwest of the trailer park. McNeill left the hotel with the little girl at 7:30 AM, escaping before police could respond to the report. In this case the time line and the mother’s story just didn’t make sense. Someone was lying and a little girl’s life hung on multiple false statements and outright lies that contributed to her ultimate death.

An eye witness reported seeing Shaniya leaving the trailer court in a car driver by Antoinette Davis’ current boyfriend, 30-year-old Clarence Coe, and Coe was later arrested and charged with kidnapping. However when the hotel video surfaced showing McNeill with Shaniya, Coe was released and McNeill was arrested and charged with kidnapping the young child, something he initially admitted to before he stopped talking to investigators. McNeill refused to provide any information concerning the condition or location of the missing and endangered child, leaving it up to searchers to search for and eventually recover her body.

Bradley Lockhart is Shaniya’s biological father. He’s indicated his relationship with Antoinette Davis, who has been charged with prostitution, was “a one night stand.” Lockhart had assumed custody and responsibility for Shaniya, but allowed her to live with her mother this past month so the two could bond together. Lockhart now blames himself for allowing his daughter to visit her mother, noting they had moved into Antoinette’s sister’s trailer within the last 30 days. When authorities considered this cast of characters, they noted that both Coe and McNeill had been arrested and imprisoned in the past for various charges to include assault and the possession and sale of drugs. Police had served search warrants concerning drugs on the home in which Shaniya resided, one that was declared a health hazard by authorities due to the deplorable conditions that were found there during the search for the missing girl.

This past weekend Antoinette Davis, who many questioned because she had not been openly associated with the search for her missing daughter, was arrested by police and charged with allowing her daughter to be taken “with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude,” i.e., she sold her 5-year-old daughter to someone who wanted the child for sexual purposes! Additional charges filed against the victim’s mother included filing a false police report, falsely reporting an incident, human trafficking and felony child abuse. According to police neither McNeill nor Davis are cooperating with the investigation.

Police evidently developed “reliable information” that the victim’s body had been dumped in a wooded area next to N.C. 87 near the town of Sanford, NC. A lookout has been posted for yet another man who witnesses say was seen with the victim. He is described as 60 years old and driving a blue Toyota, not further identified. Whether McNeill had handed the victim over to this man after he was with her is yet unknown.

Reading between the lines, it appears that Antoinette Davis did not bond with her daughter and is believed to have sold the little girl as a child prostitute, probably for drug money. McNeill, with a history of drug possession and sales, apparently took the child to a hotel where he remained with her for one and one half hours (purpose unknown) and then may have transferred the child to an unknown man, with one or the other murdering the pretty little girl and throwing her body away like that of a broken doll.

Should police investigators be correct in this matter, it appears that the one person a little girl should expect to protect her actually sold her into child prostitution, a heinous act normally associated with deprived third world individuals.

Few of us can comprehend, much less identify with the desperation and deprivation that would allow a woman to sell her own child into sex, but we know that hundreds of thousands of children around the world share a similar fate every year. While one of the world’s dirtiest open secrets, there are men willing to travel great distances, like to Thailand and other Asian countries to get illicit sexual contact with children. Some, however, need only drive down the road, like in this case. Even more tragic, the US Department of Justice says that on any given day tens of thousands of children across America are involved in prostitution. In 2003 the FBI began its “Innocence Lost Initiative” to fight against child prostitution. Five hundred and ten adults have been convicted and almost 1,000 children have been rescued to date, but thousands of other children, like Shaniya Davis, continued to be victimized every day.

Authorities held out hope that they would somehow benefit from a miracle and find little Shaniya alive, but they knew the chances of such a miracle decrease every day and the time for Shaniya, unfortunately, simply ran out. Children model themselves after their parents and those adults around them. No wonder so many children make such terrible choices when they grow older – we fail them when they need us the most.

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12 Responses to “Missing 5-year-old found Dead: Police say her mother sold her for Sex”

  1. Karen says:

    I understand a child needs thier mother but if you have doubts about them then don’t let your children go with them unless supervised ,I know it was not this dad’s fault he was doing what he thought was right and that is fine ,but I bet he never thought he would never see his little girl again .I just don’t understand some parents if you don’t want your kids then either don’t have them or just walk away and give them to someone who does care and wants to be with them and love them and take care of them .Her mother should be shot or have the same thing done to her as was done to her beauitufl daughter and see how she likes it and then she can have the same exact feelings that her daughter was feeling when this guy or what ever touched her or made it so he was the last person that those beautiful eyes saw before she died ……

  2. Faith says:

    Why would this women sell her daughter that she been begging to see her, then the next thing you know it a big smack in the face. Who in the hell would do that? who?! I know she’s crazy! That was a beauiful girl who had a life ahead of her. That’s BullShit!

  3. takara alexander says:

    this is too sad this lil gurl wuz 2 cute her mom needs to be killed to se how she likes it

  4. takara alexander says:

    I understand a child needs thier mother but if you have doubts about them then don’t let your children go with them unless supervised ,I know it was not this dad’s fault he was doing what he thought was right and that is fine ,but I bet he never thought he would never see his little girl again .I just don’t understand some parents if you don’t want your kids then either don’t have them or just walk away and give them to someone who does care and wants to be with them and love them and take care of them .Her mother should be shot or have the same thing done to her as was done to her beauitufl daughter and see how she likes it and then she can have the same exact feelings that her daughter was feeling when this guy or what ever touched her or made it so he was the last person that those beautiful eyes saw before she died ……

  5. Ellen says:

    After hearing of this story my heart was very sadden. I have an eight year old and couldn’t imagine the pain that one suffers when a child is lost. I agree with the other readers. We have the responsibility as parents to keep our children safe and never second guess a situation when it may cause harm to our children. I continue to monitor my children every move and most say I’m over protective. I rather be over protective than not protective enough and allow someone to hurt my children. In closing, there are sick people out here even the nicer person in the world may have some deep routed sicknesses. So keep your children safe at all cost.

  6. Erin says:

    I have a 3 year old daughter myself and I couldn’t imagine somebody taking her and raping her! If anyone ever laid a finger on my daughter it would be the end of their life! How do you even rape somebody so small? That is just disguistingly wrong. He needs to have his dick cut off and shoved up his own *** and see how he likes it–then hang him from the tree and slit him open to expose the heartless bastard he is!

  7. kacey says:

    Erin, I totally agree with every single word. I do not have any children, yet. But I do have beautiful nephew and niece, who have touched my heart like no other human being has and I always worry about their safety in many ways. especially when they moved to Arkansas.
    So imagine my surprise, when I found out that Los Angeles Contained three hundred times worse offenders that is registered than vs Arkansas.
    I strongly believe the old ways, eye for an eye, When it comes to taking the innoncene away from children. They should be cut off !!!!
    And slowely have their body flesh carved out every year, starting with their *&%$#% and eyes and tongue and hands and etc… They deserve to suffer the Hell while dying the slow and isolated death. An Animal is even better to their youngs than this Beast of Bastards.
    Believe it or not I am a mild person usually,

  8. LATOYA says:

    THE SAD PART IS I KNOW THAT THIS WOMAN HAD MEET THIS HUMAN GARBAGE AND FOUND OUT HE LIKED LITTLE GIRLS, WHICH IS WHY SHE BEGGED THE CHILDS FATHER FOR THE LITTLE GIRL SHE DIDNT JUST WAKE UP AND SAY IM GONNA SELL MY CHILD AND THEIR ARE THOSE THAT DO, HOWEVER SAD TO SAY THERE IS A MARKET FOR SUCH THINGS AND THAT BITCH KNEW SHE HAD A DAUGHTER AND SHE DID AND SAID WHAT SHE HAD TO IN ORDER TO SCORE A HIGH. II DONT BELEIVE FOR ONE MINUET SHE WANTED TO BOND WITH HER DAUGTHER. THE LORD OUR GOD WILL HAVE HIS DAY WITH THEM ALL, MOSTLY THAT WOMAN CAUSE SHE WAS NEVER HERS TO GIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE SHE WAS AND STILL IS HIS!!!! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO HELP THE FATHER DAY BY DAY! WITH LOVE!!!!!!

  9. christine says:

    This is very sad, my heart is broken for this poor little soul. May she rest with god. As for the mother and others involved in her assault and death, I hope they die a slow painful death or are raped and hurt in jail everyday until they die. Im a mother and I try to educate my 8 year old daughter so she may never be a victim. I want to do more to try and educate others and help mothers who are addicted and deperate to even consider selling there child. We need an organization to buy children that mother want to sell. Bring them to safety and allow them freedom and life.We will pay her more to save that child.What can I do to help stop human traffficing? :(

  10. suej says:

    the father of this child knew how he met this tramp and he didn’t know her in any other way but a one night stand so why in the world would he turn her over to rhis whore. yes he is to blame in a big way. he didn’t care enough to visit the child to see how she was doing. how much did he really want be bother himself?
    i hope he lives with this in him for the rest of his life.

  11. Skeet.Skeek says:

    poor baby girl n her father who tried to do the right thing….

  12. Thelma L. Spivey says:

    It is so hard to understand how that woman would do that to her child. I didn’t like the way the writer seemed to have a bit of sympathy for the “desperate” woman. She wasn’t desperate. she could have refused to take the child in. She is evil, evil, evil. Some people do horrible things due to desperation, but that wasn’t the case here.