5-year-old Girl Being Prostituted By Her Mom Found Dead
Police in North Carolina have found the body of five-year-old Shaniya Davis who went missing last Tuesday. She was last captured by hotel security cameras being carried away by a man.
Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, was allegedly prostituting her. You heard that right, the child's own mother sold her into prostitution.
Antoinette (pictured, below) has been charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution and filing a false police report after she declared her daughter missing last week.
According to arrest papers quoted by the Fayetteville Observer, the mother "knowingly provide[d] Shaniya Davis with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "permit[ted] an act of prostitution."
Authorities also charged Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, with kidnapping after they said he was seen in surveillance footage carrying Shaniya into a Sanford, NC hotel room. Authorities said Mario (pictured, below) admitted kidnapping Shaniya, although his attorney said he will plead not guilty.
Searchers found Shaniya's body this afternoon about 100 feet off a wooded road about six miles from the hotel.
The girl had only been living with her mother at a trailer park since last month. Her father, Bradley Lockhart, had previously raised the child but had agreed to let her live with her mother after she got a regular job and a place to live.
PS: Antoinette is pregnant.