Update: 5yr Old Shaniya Davis Raped and Killed Same Day Taken

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October 5, 2015

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Updated 11/20/2009: Authorities confirm Shaniya Davis was raped and asphyxiated on the same day she was taken.

The father of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis also told Oprah Winfrey today that the girl's mother trafficked the child to pay off a drug debt.

November 17, 2009

A medical examiner confirmed today that a body found in the woods was that of missing 5 year old Shaniya Davis.

Shaniya's mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis was charged over the weekend with human trafficking and selling the child into prostitution; she is currently facing 40 years in prison.

Fayetteville police believe Shaniya was alive when she left the hotel room where they last saw her on a surveillance camera with the alleged kidnapper.  They also said they had “new information” about the case, prompting them to cancel a news conference scheduled for this afternoon. Police expect additional charges to be filed.

An actual cause of death still hasn't been determined.

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