Shaniya Davis, the little 5 year old girl who was raped and murdered last week was last seen with the man who is now charged with her murder. Mario McNeill, the man caught on surveillance camera carrying little Shaniya Davis into a hotel room, is believed to be the man that killed her.
Mario McNeill is charged with first degree murder and first degree rape of a child according to a warrant issued today. Shaniya Davis was sexually assaulted and asphyxiated on November 10, which is the day her mother reported her missing from the trailer park they lived in.
Mario McNeill was originally charged with Shaniya’s kidnapping, but the charges have been changed. Police have searched McNeill’s 1997 Mitsubishi Gallant and have collected hair, fibers, clothes, and a straw that was used in evidence to come to this conclusion.
Shaniya Davis’s mother, Antionette Davis, who is pregnant again, is in custody and being charged with human trafficking and filing a false police report. Davis reported her daughter missing when she knew where her daughter was. Davis gave Shaniya to McNeill for the purposes of using the little 5 year old as a prostitute, is what has been reported.
Days of searching for Shaniya Davis ended when the searchers found her little body dumped by the side of a rural road, in an area that deer carcasses had been discarded.
It is still unclear the relationship that Antionette Davis, Shaniya’s mother and McNeill have, first reports were that he was her boyfriend, then reports came out that he was the boyfriend of Davis’s sister. Earlier in the week McNeill admitted to authorities that he took the girl, but is reported by his lawyer to plead not guilty in the charges against him.
Relatives and friends of the Bradley Lockhart, Shaniya Davis’s father have spoken out about Shayina’s life while living with her mother, Antionette Davis. Shayina lived with her father until about a month before she was killed. Friends of Lockhart’s who have watched Shayina from time to time said that on her last visit from her mothers she had scars on her arms. When they asked Shayina what they were, she said they were from cigarettes and that “Mommies friends” did it. Lockhart’s sister said that she feared for the 5 year old’s safety in Davis’s house. It was known for drugs and “drug people”.
Lockhart appeared on Oprah via satellite and said that he is in a lot of pain right now. Bradley Lockhart said that he was giving Antionette Davis a chance at being a mother to Shaniya when he had her go and live with her. Shaniya is a product of a one night stand he told Oprah. He said Shaniya lived with Davis for the first year of her life when she asked Lockhart to take her and provide a more stable environment than she could give her. He said the custody was just a verbal agreement between the two of them. He said she had appeared to have gotten her life together at the time he let her go back.
Lockhart’s sister also appeared with him on Oprah, “I am disgusted, but yet in so much pain at this point,” Shaniya’s aunt, Carey Lockhart-Davis told Winfrey today. “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.”
Antionette Davis has another child, a seven year old boy, who has been placed in foster care since this incident.