Shaniya’s Mother, Antoinette Davis, to Appear in Court June 3 (w/Update)
UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. June 3: Nothing happened. The case has been continued until August 11. From Channel 14 in Charlotte, NC:
The scheduled court appearance of a Fayetteville mother accused of prostituting her 5-year old daughter, who ended up dead, has been continued until Aug. 11.
Antoinette Davis is charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse-prostiution and filing a false police report.
Davis reported her daughter, Shaniya, missing in November. The girl’s body was found a few days later in a ditch in Lee County.
I don’t have any doubts that Davis is coming close to term with the child she was carrying at the time of her daughter’s murder, and that this is why they have continued the court case. If I find out anything else, you’ll be one of the first to know.
Meanwhile Shaniya Davis’ dad continues to milk her remains for whatever they are worth to him. If I were him, I would STFU.
I’ve been sitting on this for a while because nothing else has really changed in the case. But I’ll be doggone if this woman skips by copping a lenient plea deal, and Bradley Lockhart only gets a slap on the wrist. They, as well as the murder suspect, Mario McNeill, are culpable.
Antoinette Davis is expected to return to court next month in result of a recent April 15th court date. Case numbers 2009065834 and 2009065835 of felony human trafficking, felony child abuse involving prostitution, resisting arrest and filing a false police report moves towards June 3rd of the Cumberland County Courthouse in room 2B.
Shaniya Davis was found murdered in a North Carolina wooded area in November. Many wonder why this case is taking so long to seek a trial. Antoinette Davis can reach a plea to avoid a trial. The family of Antoinette Davis posted bail releasing Antoinette Davis from North Carolina’s Correctional Institute for Women in February.
She may have had her baby by now or is close to giving birth. Remember, Antoinette Davis was several months pregnant when she was arrested. If she has any brain cells left, she will give up that child to a better family, upbringing and home. But I am not banking on common sense ruling the day, especially with that mom of hers.
The Fayetteville Observer had an April 30 editorial that touched on the Shaniya Davis case in regards to the incompetence of the social workers previously involved, and whether they were ever disciplined, fired or charged with complicity. Makes one wonder whether they will be able to make an informed determination as to whether others will be prosecuted in Shaniya’s case. And about secrecy: they seem to be a law unto themselves. Almost like cops.
Here in Fayetteville, county officials see an upsurge in child abuse – reports are up 46 percent in the past month. This revived discussion of Shaniya Davis’s death last year, and whether Social Services employees were disciplined because of it.
We were reminded that we will never know the answer, because the state’s personnel laws forbid release of that sort of information. The law forbids release of almost anything about state employees, unless they are charged with a crime.
This editorial was in light of the recent revelation that reports of abuse cases in Cumberland County, where Fayetteville is located, have shot up dramatically since Shaniya’s death. The department is demonstrably and woefully short-staffed; 15% of their child services positions remain unfilled. Officials claim that social workers burn out all the quicker from heavy caseloads these days, making it hard to attract candidates as well as keep them.
Will this be the excuse they will use to allow some people to slide and others to go to jail in the Shaniya Davis case? Sometimes articles like these are like trial balloons…particularly that editorial.
Stay tuned. June 3 ain’t that far away.