Mother of 5-Yr Old Shaniya Davis Charged with Murder, Selling Child on a Drug Debt

by Dr. Boyce Watkins.

The mother of a 5-year old girl who went missing in Fayetteville, North Carolina has been indicted on murder charges.  Antoinette Nicole Davis has been charged with the murder of Shaniya Davis, facing charges of first degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, felony sexual servitude, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking and making a false police report.  Her bond has been set at $1.5 million.

The little girl was reported missing from her home in Cumberland County in November, 2009.  She was later found in the weeds near the county line.  A friend of Shaniya’s mother, Mario McNeil, was arrested for the kidnapping of Shaniya after surveillance footage from a local hotel showed him carrying her.  He allegedly raped and murdered her shortly thereafter.

The autopsy showed that the girl died from asphyxiation.  Police believe that Shaniya’s mother gave her to McNeil in order to settle a drug debt.

As a parent, there is nothing more vile, sickening and hurtful than to hear about harm coming to a child.  I can’t watch the surveillance video of this little girl without wishing in my heart that I could go back in time and save her from the monsters who had her in their care.   The sincerity, trust and unconditional love provided by our children is not always earned by the parent, with Ms. Davis and Mr. McNeil serving as obvious cases in point.

This situation also reminds us of the terrible power of drugs and how items exist in our community that can make a mother engage in the most unnatural act of giving away her own child to a predator.   When Shaniya’s mother is sober, the reality of what she’s done to her daughter will serve as a never ending alarm bell laced with the pain of knowing that you’ve done the unthinkable.  It is clear that she is in need of treatment as much as prison, and some might question whether she should be allowed to raise a child ever again.

Avoiding the temptation of substance abuse is a clear message from this horrific tale.  Additionally, we must all speak up and out when we see children in our community who are being abused.  It’s quite likely that there were friends or relatives of Shaniya’s mother who were aware of the problem long ago and simply chose to mind their own business.  Protecting our children is business that belongs to ALL of us, and a strong village might have saved this little girl’s life.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakka-Zulu/1379420279 Shakka Zulu

    What is alleged to have been done is heinous and she should be dealt with properly if she’s found guilty of committing this crime, but since this victim’s father is white and mother is a black crack head, she will not get the Casey Anthony white glove treatment…She will be found guilty and will spend some considerable time in prison, which should be fitting if she did what is alleged, the same thing for the Anthony family, they should all be spending time in some state’s prison for the mistreatment of this and coverup of a crime, but since they are white and this girl is black, we all know justice will life her blindfold see this black woman in front of her, and will slam this black woman for her part in this crime… 

    • Jredeemed

      I agree. They probably made stuff up to convict her…But suppressed evidence against Anthony…

      • Anonymous

        Really? Some people are playing the race card here to excuse this woman’s behavior. At the very least, she should have known where her child was. Let’s stop playing. I have seen this very thing going on in poor Black and Latino communities around the country for years. Just like gang rape (running a train) in our community, this is a signficant problem that has finally been discovered by mainstream press. My own cousin tried to do this with her child, as did another young lady who lives in the community. In both cases, the family stepped in to hunt down and stop the crimes; they were never formally reported as a result of family intervention. The two girls in these cases were quite fortunate, but like the R. Kelley case and the Tina Turner story has shown, not all girls living in poverty, sold by their mothers for drugs, or what ever, are so fortunate. Let’s start protecting Black girls. They need our help. If we don’t know one will. Peace.

        • Sbg0718

          You need to recognize that no one could be playing a race card if there wasn’t a race card to be played!!  No one has said that this woman doesn’t deserve to be punished appropriate to her crime, if she is indeed guilty of it.  People are simply pointing out the obvious disparity in the treatment of black versus white defendants in the dispensing of justice. You would see it too if you took either your hood or your blinders off.

          • JaredG

            Even as a white male-I agree entirely-Casey was treated like an angel even though she was clearly responsible for the murder of her daughter-it is automatically assumed this woman did this and she will be treated like crap most likely on the basis of her race-sad and messed up but society is in no way fair-still prejudiced in its treatment of men in comparison to women and white women versus black women

  • Ttisbac

    I don’t believe the mother was involved. Her actions from the time she discovered the child was missing was consistant and appropriate, being that she did a community search , while contacting police. So far the only evidence against her is what the molester told the police. Believing that if he implicates her , it will absolve some of the blame for what he did. Only when the Media swooped in (Nancy Grace) , did this story go completely sensational! Just look at the facts. The mother has made mistakes, but only black people never let you forget them. There is no evidence that she got high with this piece of garbage. Until Nancy said so! That and all of the rest of it has to be proven. Lets wait.

  • Gjacolby83

    This is very sad and very disturbing. I got to admit that I find it so hard to believe that there is hope for this crazy world. I don’t want to comment on the mother of this child or the guy who did these horrible things because I just don’t have the words right now. I can’t help but to wonder how are we going to began to understand what we are doing to ourselves. I understand I have my issues as a person, but I want to be better. I don’t understand what make people do these kinds of things.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGXZ26MK42CPGJ2FMIR3VXS4T4 flextime

    if this happened in florida she would be free now!!!

  • Trublkgd1

    Stop comparing apples with oranges. If there was injustice in the casey anthony case, it was an injustice to the 2 year old child that was killed. Do you desire the same thing to happen in the Shaniya case, that she would not receive justice for her death by exonerating the ones guilty of her murder. If they are found guilty without a shadow of a doubt. Being a ex child protective caseworker some years back, I would have been more diligent of my duties if I had the knowledge of the mess that is going on now. If there was a injustice in the casey anthony case it was against the 2 year old.

    http://www.pyramidoftruth.com

    • Jredeemed

      no one is arguing against the injustice to both kids who were killed. But anyone who tries to claim racism does not exist in all institutions of the USA is either a fool or a liar.

    • LanieDaYZ

      The burden is not “beyond a shadow of a doubt”.  It is “beyond a reasonable doubt”.  Those are two totally different phrases.  With that said, I have paid attention to this case from the beginning and while I won’t say she’s guilty –Antoinette Davis isn’t looking too innocent in this case.   The entire thing is tragedy – regardless of the skin color.. It was a tragedy in Caylee Anthony’s murder too.  Hopefully EVERYONE involved in this will have to pay.. This should NOT have happened..  You hear about this happening in third world countries – not the United States.

  • Ttisbac

    Flextime , your comment is Humorous but Honest and on Point !

  • Jredeemed

    compare this story with the Casey Anthony story. Those bigots who want to stay in denial of racism, check this out!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Iris-Boyd/611306703 Iris Boyd

      Excuse me but Anthony was acquitted because the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she murdered her child.  This woman however, there is no doubt of her guilt.

      • JaredG

        True to an extent-however one can infer on the basis of the evidence that Casey was more than guilty-anyone with half a brain cell can see that-which shows that the law is screwed up entirely in certain respects. It should not have been that way either as women have been murdering their children for hundreds of years before-nothing new that Casey would do this-unfortunately it takes an injustice like letting her off for people to wake up and smell the roses.

    • Cyber

      Quit bitching about Casey Anthony. WTF about OJ? This case is different. This case needs to be tried in a court of law. If the mother has no guilt then let her go. If she plays a part in this let her pay. This is about justice for Niya.

  • Lisa

    Now  watch how quick she is convicted.  There will be none of that Casey Anthony mess.  And because we know she will be promptly convicted and punished–I hope that she is guilty.

    • JaredG

      It is extremely messed up-as a white male who was abused by his own mom physically for years and then watched Casey the bit*h get off-I was and am to this day completely furious regarding the verdict-justice was in no way served. Unfortunately, anybody who knows anything knows that race is a problem in this case and that they are more than likely to find her guilty-even on the basis of nothing. This is the disgusting and often reprehensible world we live in where injustice often goes overlooked.

  • JPBUTTERFLY69

    THE BITCH IS GETTING WHAT SHE DESERVES, THIS IS NOT ABOUT BLACK OR WHITE, SHE SOLD HER CHILD FOR DRUGS- HER FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD. SHE SHOULD HAVE DONE TO HER WHAT WAS DONE TO HER CHILD- I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR HER DUMB ASS. BY THE WAY I AM BLACK IF ANYONE WAS WONDERING.

    • Berdell Fleming

      certainly we knew it by your refrence to calling Miss Davis Bitch, do u refrer to your mother or sister in this way?

      • CW

        I am sorry, but this piece of low life trash is a bitch.  She sold her child (slavery) for drugs.  Can you imagine what that child went through and how she suffered?  Damn her and think about that innocent child.

        • guestestwitthebestest

          I am always feeling compassion toward black people, imploring people to feel the weight of losing a black life…to the filth waiting for us in the world.

          But, I gotta say, I agree with you here.  Any woman and man capable of doing this to any child is worthy of a lot of beatings before she is nursed to health and then reminded of what she’s done every day of the rest of her natural life.

      • Beverly Goodwin

        Calling this mother a bitch is justifiable.  What would you call your mother or sister if they sold you out for drugs or sexually abused you?

  • Missy J

    I’m not concerned about “Race” I’m concerned about getting justice for Niya. and nor am I worried about “Race” in the Anthony case, look at the bigger picture, it’s not about race it’s about someone getting away with the MURDER OF A CHILD and I pray that the same thing does not happen in this case. Though I understand why some people may look at it from a race standpoint, I don’t, I look at it as Justice and Injustice and the terrible fates that these two children and millions of others have faced, remember the victims and what the real issues are, RACE IS NOT the problem here.

  • Boydbrbr239

    I WAS UNABLE TO HAVE CHILDEN, HOW I WISH EVERY MOTHER ON DRUGS COULD GIVE THEIR CHILDREN TO ME. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PAIN THAT CHILD EXPERIENCE BEFORE HER DEATH.  IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ALL WOMEN ON DRUGS BE OFFERED A TUBAL LIGATION?, TO PREVENT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR.

    WELL, NOW THAT WE HAVE HAD CASEY ANTHONY CASE, LET’S SEE HOW OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM WORK FOR THIS CRAZY BLACK WOMEN.

    PLEASE WITH THAT SICK SEX BLACK MALE THAT COMITTED THIS CRIME, DAILY WASHING OF HIS PRIVATE PARTS WITH BRILLO PADS FOR 5 YEARS 3X A DAY.

    THANKS.

  • YS

    I can only pray that this is NOT true! If it is, then I hope she gets what she deserves! I do hope that she gets a fair trial. If information has been put out about her, that was not true, just to implicate her, then it needs to be checked before trial. The man who committed this heinous crime needs to have a taste of what he did to the child, and I hope he gets PLENTY of it in prison!

  • Forevernprayer

    We have to pray and keep praying for our children. Where was her family? We have to step in and save our kids.  They need all our help..get involved.

  • Jacqueline

    Drugs or no drugs this woman needs to be put in prison (in the prison population)so her  butt can be kicked,raped and stomp everyday. And the sames goes for the idiot who killed her.

  • tony

    I remember this case very well. The image of that baby as that molesting piece of garbage carried her through that hotel is burned in my mind. I must say that as a father of a 6 year old daughter, I cried. Say what you want but please do not make this a racial issue because after all the father is white. In our society there will always be disparity between blacks and whites. Yes Casey Anthony got off but so did OJ. This woman was a mother who should have done everything in her power to protect her child and she did not. Great case for the death penalty especially for that pervert who destroyed this little angel’s life. By the way, I too am Black.