Did She Disappear or Kill Her Daughter? The Arrest of Shaniya’s Mother, Antoinette Davis
Even if it was based on my own questions yesterday, this arrest was bound to happen. I hate to say this, but there is a clear argument to be made in this case that some people–be they black, white, Latino or Asian–should not be having children. Somebody’s going to have to crack now. Let that girl go home.
Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, was charged at 9:12 p.m. Saturday with human trafficking, felony child abuse – prostitution, filing a false police report, and resisting, delaying or obstructing justice.
The search for Shaniya Davis continues. Asked if police think the girl is still alive, Fayetteville police Sgt. John Somerindyke said, “We sure hope so.”
According to arrest documents, Davis “knowingly provide(d) Shaniya Davis with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude” and she “permit(ted) an act of prostitution.”
Police have not charged anyone with molesting Shaniya, but said the investigation is ongoing.
The man accused of taking her, Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, turned himself in Friday. Police said he admitted to kidnapping the child.
Investigators reviewed the timeline Davis had originally given them and found several inconsistencies, Somerindyke said.
And those inconsistencies were that Davis had reported her daughter missing at 5:30 a.m., when a little over half an hour later, Mario McNeill was shown with Shaniya in his arms in a nearby hotel at 6:11 a.m.
Antoinette Davis either helped to pimp her daughter out, or had her disappeared and possibly murdered. I don’t think that she was duped by Mario McNeill. Possible scenarios? She had a child coming by her boyfriend Clarence Coe, the first suspect who was later released for lack of evidence. She was already caring for Coe’s other daughter. Perhaps she felt more comfortable with this man that she didn’t feel with Shaniya or her father, Bradley Lockhart, who had had custody for four years and had actively cared for Shaniya. Maybe she wanted to get rid of the child once and for all. It’s not unlikely that a child becomes “a mistake”–the real stepchild/the oddball/the random element–in the mind of a mother, no matter what others may think about that child. A mistake that points up to her inadequacies or her fears.
Money is also a unstated reason, but I waver whether it was the overriding reason. Shaniya was reportedly well-taken care of with her father, whereas her mother may not have been receiving child support while the little girl was living with her and Coe. She could have been a financial drain.
I still think that the other scenario that I outlined yesterday, that the girl may have been grabbed because of a drug bust in the mobile home several months earlier also holds. Shaniya swapped for drugs? Not uncommon with a rumored national underground child sex-slavery ring.
Antoinette Davis’ mother and Shaniya Davis’ grandmother, Ann Summers, was intereviewed near the police station, and believes that her daughter had nothing to do with the girl’s disappearance.
I think that she did. And in this rare betrayal of an American mother who may have sold off her own daughter, Antoinette Davis is going to find little sympathy among a prison/jail population who have babies and children on the outside.
Bradley Lockhart is now kicking himself that he let his little daughter go to her mother. I can well imagine what he is thinking: that he essentially handed his daughter over to be sold to child sex traffickers. Perhaps that was the plan in the first place.
“I should’ve never let her go over there,” he said Saturday night.
Lockhart described his relationship with Davis as a “one-night stand” and said he and Davis never argued about him raising Shaniya.
“Shaniya is a precious young lady, and she is special,” he said.
Lockhart told the Associated Press that police have not told him whether they are any closer to finding his daughter.
“I just want her to come back safe, my friend,” he said. “I love her very much, and I hope she is OK.”
No sir, I don’t that she is.
If anything, we can see publicly how a Southern white father can care about the welfare of his black daughter. Lockhart, in his first appeal to the public, was flanked by his weeping sister and her daughter. This family is already in mourning. The longer Antoinette Davis and Mario McNeill–he with the sly smile that seriously needs to be wiped off his face–refuse to speak or stall looking for a plea deal, the more improbable it is that Shaniya will be found. Get rid of evidence of the child or of the abuse, and there is less of a case. With all the media attention, I would not doubt that the people who have Shaniya are seeking to get out of the state or are already gone from North Carolina. If Shaniya proves too hot to keep…
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~ by blksista on November 15, 2009.
Posted in Black People, Class, Crime, Drug Culture/Industry, Health, Mental Health/Psychology, Pedophilia/Child Kidnapping, People of Color, Race
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