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Mother Of Missing Girl Arrested, Charged With Human Trafficking

By Erica Bustamante

As the search for missing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis continues, police have announced they have arrested and charged the child's mother.

Antoinette Davis is facing charges including human trafficking and felony child abuse-prostitution, which police say Shaniya was the victim of. Davis also faces charges of obstruction and filing a false police report.

According to newly-released arrest warrants, police say Tuesday, the day the girl went missing, her mother "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya".

The arrest documents also say Davis has been uncooperative, lying to investigators and as a result, delaying the search for the 5-year-old.

"Investigators reviewed Ms. Davis's timeline and statements she had given investigators and found several inconsistencies," said Sgt. John Somerindyke.

Police said that false information led to the arrest of Clarence Coe, who was initially charged with Shaniya's kidnapping. Coe was later released and the charges dropped.

On Friday police charged Mario McNeill with kidnapping Shaniya after he admitted to taking her.

Meanwhile, on Saturday Antoinette Davis's mother defended her.

"She's a good mother, she's not going to get out here and hurt her own child," said Ann Summers.

Davis is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. She is expected to make her first court appearance on Monday.


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