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Shaniya Davis Murder Case: 20 Investigators Still Working Details of North Carolina Tragedy

(Family Photo/WRAL-TV)
Photo: Shaniya Davis.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.(CBS/AP) A team of about 20 people continues to investigate the rape and slaying of Shaniya Davis, a 5-year-old girl who was allegedly sold into sexual slavery by her mother before she was murdered.

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"There are a plethora of leads that we're following up on," said Chief Tom Bergamine of the Fayetteville police department, which is leading the probe.

(AP/City of Fayetteville Police Dept)
Photo: Antoinette Nicole Davis' mug shot provided by Fayetteville Police Department.

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"It's very important as we prepare the case for the district attorney's office that we cover everything that's possible."

The girl was reported missing by her mother two weeks ago on Nov. 10. Police said she was raped and killed the same day.

Her mother, Antoinette Davis, 25, is charged with trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution.

(AP Photo/Fayetteville Police Dept)
Photo: Police say hotel surveillance video shows Shaniya Davis being carried away Tuesday Nov. 10.

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She has also been charged with filing a false police report.

Mario McNeill, 29, an acquaintance of Davis, is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.

Shaniya had gone to live with her mother just weeks earlier after spending most of her life being raised by her father, Bradley Lockhart, and her aunt, Carey Lockhart-Davis.

Bergamine said it was still unclear to investigators why Shaniya was pulled out of school in October. Shaniya had been enrolled at Morganton Road Elementary School near the home of Lockhart-Davis.

McNeill was transferred last week from the Cumberland County Detention Center to a safe-keeping unit at Central Prison in Raleigh until a court date Dec. 9. Antoinette Davis was moved Tuesday to a state women's prison in Raleigh.

"She is pregnant, so special precautions had to be taken," Cumberland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

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