2nd Arrest Made In Shaniya Davis Case, Girl Still Missing

11:55 AM, Nov 13, 2009   |    comments
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Fayetteville, NC -- Fayetteville Police say the charges against the man they originally charged in Shaniya Davis' disappearance have been dropped and they arrested another man overnight.

Five-year-old Shaniya Davis, who has been missing since Tuesday, was seen with Mario McNeill at a hotel in Sanford on Thursday.  She was also seen with him Tuesday, about an hour after she disappeared from her home in Fayetteville, about 40 miles away.

During a press conference on Friday, Theresa Chance, a spokesperson for Fayetteville Police, said McNeill was arrested and charged with First Degree Kidnapping.

Another man, Clarence Coe, was arrested on Wednesday and charged him in her kidnapping. He told a judge at his first court appearance that he is not guilty of kidnapping the girl.

Chance said a witness spotted Coe taking Shaniya Davis out of the trailer park where she was reported missing. His charges were dropped after McNeill's arrrest.

Police did not comment on any possible link between Coe and McNeill.

Police have issued an Amber Alert nationwide for Shaniya Davis.

Chance said a hotel worker called police to report seeing a child matching Shaniya's description, but by the time police got there, McNeill had left. Authorities reviewed surveillance video and, after speaking with family members, confirmed the child's identity.

Chance said authorities are uncertain of the connection between McNeill and the child. Her father, Bradley Lockhart, made a tearful appeal for his daughter's safe return.

"We just ask that they bring her home safe. We all miss her and love her very much," Lockhart said. "Shaniya, if you're listening to daddy, I miss you so much, honey. I'm waiting for you. I'm not going to give up. You don't give up either, honey."

Investigators found a blanket that may have belonged to Shaniya in a garbage can outside a neighbor's home. Lt. Alex Thompson said investigators also found other items Shaniya may have been wearing.

Davis and Shaniya's father, who flew in from out of state, have been speaking with investigators.

During a press conference on Friday, Chance said police still hope to find the girl alive.


Shaniya Davis Spotted At Sanford Hotel (WRAL)





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