Shaniya Davis: Tragic Moment Mother Traded 5-Year-Old Daughter Before She Was Raped And Murdered
Way back in 2009, the story of a 5-year-old girl, Shaniya Davis who was raped and murdered by one Mario Andrette O’Neill over her mother’s inability to pay off $200 drug debt was a buzz in the US.
According to Bradley Lockhart, father of the deceased, the girl’s mother, Antoinette Davis, trafficked the child to pay off a drug debt.
O’Neill is the man police say is shown on a Sanford, N.C., hotel surveillance camera carrying Shaniya into a hotel room shortly after she was reported missing.
Shaniya’s body was found Monday in a wooded area off Interstate 87 after authorities got a credible tip that her body may have been dumped in the area.
Police have said they believe Shaniya was alive when she left the hotel.
Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Shaniya died from asphyxiation, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Today, Shaniya would have been 15-year-old if was alive. Her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, is serving a sentence of at least 17½ years. McNeill is on death row.
Sharing the heartbreaking photo on Twitter, crime show host, Christopher Duett, wrote;
“Heartbreaking photo of 5 year old Shaniya Davis being carried away by Mario Andrette McNeill after Shaniya’s mother gave her up to cover a $200 drug debt. Shortly after this photo McNeill raped and murdered Shaniya.
RIP Shaniya Davis.
In case anyone is wondering the man in the photo is now on death row and the drug addict who birthed her (not calling her a mom) got 17 years in prison.”
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