November 19, 2009
Posted: 06:56 PM ET
Note: Larry King Live will have the latest updates on the murder of Shaniya Davis.
Reports indicate the mother and the accused kidnapper, Mario Andrette McNiell, knew each other, hung out together and there was a supposed drug debt between them that needed to be paid.
Authorities, acting on what they called “reliable information,” found Shaniya’s body in a heavily wooded area off of a North Carolina highway on Monday. The girl was reported missing from her Fayetteville, NC mobile home park around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Her mother says she last saw the girl that morning around 5:30 a.m. Shaniya was seen shortly after at a hotel with McNeill, 29, who was arrested and according to police confessed to her kidnapping.
Authorities have also arrested the mother, who is reported to be pregnant, for human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution and filing a false police report. Cops are also alleging that drugs were being sold out of her house.
Police are planning to file additional charges in the case but are waiting until the issue of jurisdiction is resolved. It is believed that once investigators determine where Shaniya was killed then authorities will know which county will be prosecuting the case.
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