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Shaniya Davis Grandmother: My Daughter, Antoinette Davis, "Did Not Harm Her Kids"

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Photo: Antoinette Davis listens to charges Nov. 16, 2009 in a North Carolina court.

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Ann Summers, grandmother of murdered 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, is strongly defending her daughter, who is accused of selling Shaniya as a sex slave to the man that, police, say, eventually killed her.

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"She did not harm her kids. I was there, I should know," Summers said of her daughter Antoinette Davis.

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Photo: Shaniya Davis.

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Summers had more choice words for Mario Andrette McNeill, the man accused of raping and killing Shaniya on the same day her mother reported her missing.

"To me, he ain't nothing but a maggot. He's going to get what comes to him," Summers said outside court.

(AP Photo/Fayetteville Police Dept)
Photo: Mario McNeill seen carrying Shaniya Davis in Comfort Suites hotel in Sanford, N.C., Nov. 10, according to police.

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McNeill was seen on a horrifying hotel video surveillance tape carrying Shaniya Davis on Nov. 10. A hotel clerk in Sanford, about 30 miles from Shaniya Davis' Fayetteville, N.C., home and 40 miles from Raleigh, alerted police. But McNeill and the girl were gone by the time they arrived.

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Photo: Shaniya Davis.

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McNeill turned himself in days later and admitted kidnapping the girl, say police, but refused to help them find her. Her body was found amongst a pile of trash bags and deer carcasses on the side of a rural road Nov. 16.

Police have accused Antoinette Davis of selling her daughter to McNeill as a sex slave. She has been charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse-prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation. McNeill has been charged with first degree murder, first degree rape of a child and kidnapping.

Tomeka Gray, 20, who is dating McNeill's brother, said the accusations don't jibe with what she knows about him. She said McNeill was a good uncle and father who came to see her daughter in the hospital with an armload of baby items right after she was born earlier this year.

"I've never known him to do anything like that," Gray told The Associated Press. She said when she saw the story on the news her first thought was that she hoped authorities would catch the horrible person who did it.

"And then to find out it was him ... I was crying. I was shocked," she said.

McNeill's lawyer has said he will plead not guilty, but at a Friday hearing he did not enter a plea.

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