A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
Finally, murder charges brought against the same man who was seen carrying Shaniya Davis through an area hotel and then arrested for her kidnapping. Authorities handed down two charges last night to 29-year-old Mario McNeill, 1st degree rape and 1st degree murder of this 5-year-old girl. Preliminary cause of death? Asphyxiation.
According to police, this scumbag picked up little Shaniya at her home early last week after her own mother knowingly handed her over to him. He then raped, murdered, and discarded her in the woods like she was nothing. We are now waiting to see if murder charges will also be dealt to the child’s mother, who is currently sitting in jail for human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution, among other things.
But how could this have happened to 5-year-old Shaniya?
She has a father who was pleading for her return and swarm of other family members and friends who say they were all vying to take care of her. So how on earth could Shaniya end up in a filthy unkempt trailer, taken out of school and then allegedly sold for sex? How was there such a disconnect between an apparently loving home provided by her father and other friends and family members and where this child ended up before her tragic death? There are just so many unanswered questions and everyone is pointing fingers, talking about how the system failed this child and how we have to make changes.
Really? Was it the “system” who handed her over to Mario McNeill? There has been an outpour of emotion and support to Shaniya’s father since her body was found on Monday. But we don’t need vigils, we need answers.