November 20: Mario McNeill has been charged with kidnapping, murder, and rape in the Shaniya Davis case. Autopsy results show 5-year-old Shaniya died as a result of asphyxiation. Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Davis, has been charged with human trafficking, child abuse, and child prostitution.
McNeill was shown holding Shaniya in a North Carolina hotel's surveillance video. The two were at the hotel for a little over an hour before they left, at that time Shaniya was still alive. The time on the surveillance video contradicted the time Antoinette Davis gave police of when she last saw her daughter.
After McNeill was arrested, a tip lead authorities to Shaniya's body which was hidden near a make-shift dumping area alongside a highway. There is speculation now that Antoinette Davis gave up her daughter as payment for a drug debt.
In the 5 weeks Shaniya Davis lived with her mother, Antoinette Davis,
child protective services visited Antoinette Davis' home multiple times but they never contacted Shaniya's father.