Missing five-year-old Shaniya Davis was found dead Monday off a rural road, ending a week long search after her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis (pictured above), reported that she had vanished from their mobile home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Davis, 25, was “prostituting her child” according to authorities and has been charged with trafficking, felony child abuse, prostitution and filing a false police report (view video of her sentencing). Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, was charged with kidnapping Shaniya after surveillance footage from a Sanford hotel showed him carrying her there. McNeill reportedly admitted to taking Shaniya, but his attorney has said he’ll plead not guilty.
According to reports, Shaniya’s father, Bradley Lockhart, had raised his daughter for several years but decided last month to let her stay with her mother. “I should’ve never let her go over there,” he told The Associated Press on Saturday.
During an interview on CBS’s The Early Show, Lockhart said Davis had been working for at least six months, trying to get her life back on track and asked whether she could be a mother. “I felt that she was sincere in asking, and I figured to give her a chance,” he said.