- November 16, 2009
saw a movie once where the
"good" guy made
a statement to the "bad" mother he was talking to: "Mother is the name
for God on the lips and hearts of all children". I'm not sure why this
quote came to my mind when I started to make this page for Shaniya. I
it's because over and over lately I seem to be getting more and more
from all over the world of children who people want to be added to my
Today is June 2, 2010 and after taking a break, this is the first story
I am adding and it's a tragic one. I wonder if Shaniya's mother
herself to be God on the lips and heart of her daughter. I sincerely
not, after what she did to her.
days after her mother
lied to authorities
and said her daughter had gone missing, Shaniya's body was discovered
some trash and animal carcasses just seven miles from her home. It
a stranger to her mother who had taken this beautiful little girl,
her and killed her. It was BECAUSE of her mother that these
had happened to her.
her Aunt, Carey Lockhart, went on the Early Show to ask for the safe
"Drop her off at
I don't care – just so somebody can find her and bring her
back to the people that
She's a precious, little angel, full of joy. A little reserved when
you first meet her, but
gets to know you, she just runs around, plays and won't
leave you alone"
"I just ask that, at
this time, please
just let her go. She doesn't deserve this. Have a kind heart"
had been living
with Bradley and
Carey until just a mother before when, convinced that Antoinette had
hard and straightened out her life, Bradley let Shaniya go live with
mother. Antoinette had been
working for about six months
and had rented
a place to live:
"I should've never
let her go over
there. She had asked if she could be a mother, and I felt
she was sincere in
asking, and I
figured to give her a chance"
was no way for
Bradley to know that
Antoinette was not sincere in saying that she wanted to be a mother to
Shaniya and that she would sell her own daughter into sexual slavery.
documentation states that Antoinette KNOWINGLY
handed over Shaniya with
the intent that she would be held in sexual servitude and that she
this child to be used as a prostitute.
according to police
had not gotten her life back together and sold her daughter into sexual
slavery. Her arrest documents say that she "knowingly provided Shaniya
Davis with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and she
an act of prostitution."
last time Shaniya was seen alive was on a video used for surveillance,
a hotel. Mario Andrette McNeill was seen on the video carrying her into
the elevator. Mario had picked Shaniya up in front of her home and
her to the hotel.
According to reports,
this beautiful little
girl had been sold, by her mother, into the sex slave trade.
would later be charged
with human trafficking and child prostitution.
Mario was being held
and charged with first
degree murder and the rape of a child and was being held without bond.
The cause of death
after an autopsy was
done, is listed as asphyxiation.
In an interview,
Bradley stated that Shaniya
had been the result of a one night stand and that after a year,
had asked him to raise her and give her a more stable environment to
in. The agreement on custody had only been verbal and nothing was ever
legally taken care of. Shaniya's Aunt had this to say in the same
disgusted, but yet in so much
pain at this point. She was such a vibrant child and such an important
part of my life. And it's hard at this point to understand why someone
would take this sweet blessing away from me"
- Miss Shaniya
5, of 7935 Lester Drive, passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Shaniya was
a happy, loving and friendly little girl. She was a good little helper
around the house. She loved to play dress up and do girly things like
hair and playing with her Barbie dolls. She loved playing outside and
her scooter. Pink and yellow were her favorite colors. She was a
student at Morganton Road Elementary School.
came into our lives for
a little while.
You left footprints on our hearts, and we will never be the same! She
behind to cherish her memories her father, Bradley W. Lockhart of
her mother, Antoinette Davis of Fayetteville; paternal grandparents,
and Stephanie Raynor of Lexington Park, Md.; maternal grandparents,
and Priscilla Summers; maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Davis;
great-great-grandmother, Hunter Blue; four brothers, Byron Coleman of
Alijah Fogle of Titusville, Fla., Chavez Lockhart and Joe Davis, both
Fayetteville; two sisters, Michele Coleman of Michigan and Cheyenne
of Fayetteville; two aunts, Brenda Davis and Sara Davis; four
Patricia Davis, Leona Davis, Caroline Davis and Yvonne Mitchell; six
Mike Davis, Levon Davis, Derrick Davis, Sylvester Davis, Larry Mitchell
and Arthur Cromartie of Fayetteville; her second family, Tyrongella
and the Turner family of Raeford. She had a host of other cousins and
family will receive
friends from 5
to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 21, 2009, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, 500
Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at Manna Church with the Rev. Johnny C. Davis
She will be laid to rest at Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers
will be Mike Owens, Joseph Santiago, Byron Coleman and Chavez Lockhart.
Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Gilliam, Joe McGee, Tony Eason and
kindergarten class at Morganton Road Elementary School. Memorial
may be made to The Shaniya Davis Trust Fund, c/o Wachovia Bank, 4200
Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece
Home, of Fayetteville.
May of 2013, Mario McNeill, who was 33 years old, was found guilty and
sentenced to die for what he did to Shaniya Davis. A jury took eight
hours to decide he was guilty just a few days before they took 40
minutes to decide he should be put to death. After the hearing was
over, one juror said:
"We wouldn't have taken
so long if we hadn't stopped to drink pop"
were questions from people who had been following the trial, some asked
why he didn't wear a suit to court, some asked why he didn't cut his
hair before court. Mario had dread locks in his hair from the beginning
and didn't dress all that wonderful to appear in court. The day of his
sentence, he wore jeans and a green polo shirt with his hair up in what
looked like a woman's bun hair do. I have seen many people over the
years change their appearance to look better in court, this man just
didn't seem to care. I don't think it would have done him any good to
change what he wore or to cut his hair.
I do not agree with the death penalty, if the only other option was to
let him out at some point, the death penalty is better than that
option. Mario's lawyers were unable to convince him to fight for his
life after he said in court:
"My goal was freedom. I
lost my freedom. It doesn't matter after that"
Resident Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons said that court law indicates
that Mario's lawyers have to abide by what he wants to happen, though
he did question Mario thoroughly to make sure he didn't want any
further evidence or other facts presented in his case that could save
"It doesn't matter,
really. I prefer them not to"
father broke down on the stand, saying:
"I guess whenever you talk about your kid, you
think they're the best. It hurts to talk about her"
"It's hard. It's
painful. Just to know that she was once here and somebody took her
day I don't think about her"
Lockhart - Shaniya's sister
mother wanted to testify and his lawyer, Terry Alford, wanted to her to
testify, the judge gave Mario the final say and Mario said he did not
want his mother to testify, Mario also didn't want Reverend Roy Birch
or his half sister, Tinuana McNeill to testify. During the day, Mario
could be seen smiling and as he had done throughout the trial, he was
making origami cranes and had many of them on the table in front of
one point, Judge Ammons told Mario that what he was trying to say was
more important than origami, to which Mario replied that origami helps
him to think:
"Lawyers tell me you
don't want to participate. Can you tell me why"
told the judge that he didn't want to tell him why. Judge Ammons
asked him if he understood that though North Carolina had not put
anyone to death in a long time, that didn't mean they didn't have the
death penalty, that they do and it's a real thing and asked him if he
understood to which Mario answered that he did understand. The judge
"Because a judge
recently reversed four death sentenced and made them life, doesn't mean
we don't have
the death penalty. Do you understand that there's a real possibility
jury could sentence you to
death and that that sentence could be carried out"
said he understood and when the judge asked him if he was not wanting
to contest in any way, Mario said he did not want to contest.
Davis was facing a trial of her own, though she would not face the
you to Fibi for sending me the update on this story.
October of 2013, Antoinette Nicole Davis, who was by then 29 years old,
used the Alford plea to second degree murder, human trafficking, first
degree kidnapping, first degree sex offense, felony child abuse with
prostitution, child abuse involving a sex act, sexual servitude,
indecent liberties with a child and conspiracy to commit sex offense of
a child. With all of that, a person would think this woman would NEVER
get out of prison, though a person would be mistaken. Antoinette was
sentenced to between 210 and 261 months, that's about 17 to 21 years
give or take a few months, not NEARLY
enough for all that she put this beautiful little Angel through. Let's
not forget that she was allowed to use the Alford plea which means she
plead guilty to get a deal, but still CLAIMED
her innocence. In the
deal, a first degree rape charge was dismissed and now the state gets
to save money by not having a trial. That's what's important, right?
occurred in the state of North
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