Just as Casey Anthony prepares to walk free another epitome of a bad mother — Antoinette Davis is headed back to the clink. Davis, who is the mother of slain 5-year-old Shaniya Davis has finally been indicted on charges of first degree murder.
On Wednesday Davis was indicted on charges of first degree murder, rape of a child and human trafficking. A Cumberland County grand jury also indicted the 27-year-old on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child, committing a sexual offense, sexual servitude, and making a false police report, authorities said.
Antoinette Davis was not initially charged with murder and has actually been free since last year when she posted the $51,000 bail that was set after being charged in November 2009 with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing an investigation.
Wednesday morning she was booked into jail, according to Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Tanna said there is no bail for the murder charge, however bail was set at $1.5 million for the other charges.
The Cumberland County grand jury also returned indictments against 31-year-old Mario Andrette McNeil, the suspect who was spotted on video carrying Shaniya outside of a hotel elevator. He has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first degree murder.
“It was long overdue,” said Bradley Lockhart, Shaniya’s father. “Now, may justice be served.”
He declined to comment further, saying he was only recently briefed about the charges by District Attorney Billy West.
“It’s all kind of fresh, really,” Lockhart said.
West said, in a statement released Wednesday afternoon, that police sent their case file to his office several weeks ago.
The case was submitted to the grand jury on Tuesday, West said.
He declined further comment because the cases are pending.
Many will remember the sad story of Shaniya, who was primarily raised by her father, Lockhart, because of her mother’s history with drugs.
The story first made headlines after Antoinette Davis called Fayetteville police on Nov. 10, 2009 to report Shaniya missing. Days later police discovered surveillance tape from a Sanford, N.C., hotel that showed a man holding Shaniya while waiting for the elevator. The video was time-stamped at 6:11 a.m. Nov. 10.
Police later identified the man as McNeil. Three days later, following the release of the video footage, he turned himself into police and admitted to kidnapping Davis.
Shaniya’s body was discovered on Nov. 16, 2009 by searchers. It had been dumped along a roadside off N.C. 87.
The autopsy conducted on Shaniya’s body revealed she had been raped and strangled. The autopsy report also noted that police said Antoinette Davis gave McNeil her daughter as payment for a drug debt.
The autopsy report also revealed that police said Davis had allowed McNeil to take the girl as payment for a drug debt.
McNeil has been in custody at N.C. Central Prison in Raleigh since the time of his arrest.
SMH… This ITCHBAY is definitely not gonna walk. They need to put her and Mario McNeil under the jail!!! What they really need is an express train to hell right now.
R.I.P. Shaniya Davis. We will NEVER forget you!