Fayetteville, NC -- The father of a little Fayetteville girl who was murdered last fall wants to warn other parents about sex crimes and violence against children.
Shaniya Nicole Davis was reported missing from her home in November. Her body was found days later near the Lee-Harnett County.
Shaniya's father, Bradley Lockhart, lives in Alabama but he visited Fayetteville on Saturday for Shaniya Speaks Day. Hundreds of people participated in the event which aims to stop sexual crimes against children.
Shaniya was living with her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, at the time of her disappearance. Davis is charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse-prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation. Arrest warrants stated that Davis "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya." Police say that Mario Andrette McNeill knew the family. He's charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape of a child and first-degree kidnapping in the case.
An autopsy determined that Shaniya died of asphyxiation and that injuries she suffered were consistent with a sexual assault. A medical examiner noted in the autopsy that investigators believe the girl was used to pay off a drug debt.
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