Most of you that read my articles about missing, murdered, and abused children surely will remember this gorgeous little 5 year old child that was reported missing from her Fayetteville, North Carolina home on November 10, 2009. Six days later our worse fears came to light when her little body was found on the side of the road thrown away like roadside garbage.

According to a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Debbie Tanna, Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Davis, who had been arrested and charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse-prostitution obstruction of a police investigation  and filing a false police report after the child’s body was found, has posted a $51,000 bond to get out of jail. Her arrests warrants stated 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.

Davis was being held in Raleigh, NC at Central Prison but the Cumberland County deputies have been ordered to bring her back to Fayetteville and release her since her bond has been posted by Accredited Surety and Casualty Co. Inc. There were no comments made from the local agent about the bond that was posted.

Davis’s lawyer, D.W. Bray refused to admit what Davis’s family used as collateral to get her out but he did say that posting bail in standard practice so her being bailed out is nothing unusual. She is scheduled to appear in court on April 15.

After a surveillance camera spotted Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, carrying Shaniya into an elevator at a hotel in Sanford and then leaving about an hour later, he was arrested and charged with first degree murder and first degree rape of a child in connection with Shaniya’s death. McNeill is being held without bond in a safe-keeping cell at Central Prison.

According to the coroner’s report little Shaniya died of asphyxiation and the injuries she suffered from were consistent with a sexual assault. Noted in the autopsy report is that the investigators also believe the child was used to pay off a drug debt.

This precious little girl didn’t ask for this. Her mother is at fault here for using her little girl to pay off her drug debts if indeed this is really what happened. I am sorry, but I have no sympathy for anyone that would put the life of any child, much less one of their own just to pay for their drug habits.

This baby is looking down from Heaven right now and probably feeling sorry for her mommy. Children have a way of forgiving their parents for the wrong that they do to them when they are still so young. It is that innocent love that comes so natural for them. One has to wonder do they really forgive them in cases such as this. I hope Shaniya gets the justice she so rightfully deserves in the end here. The world lost a gorgeous little girl when we lost Shaniya Davis. God bless her soul.

Jan Barrett

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