SANFORD, N.C. — When 5-year-old Shaniya Davis was reported missing, suspicion turned to a man described as her mother's boyfriend. As he was let go, police targeted another man spotted on hotel surveillance footage holding the child. Then, authorities arrested the girl's mother and accused her of offering her daughter for prostitution.
The arrests offered a glimmer of hope Shaniya would be found alive. But on Monday, searchers discovered the girl's body off a rural road, nearly a week after her mother reported her missing from a mobile home park.
Hundreds of volunteers who helped look for Shaniya left the search area dejected, unable to bring her home to her father, 7-year-old brother and the dolls she so loved.
"I still feel kind of sick to my stomach," said Angela Jackson, 27, of Sanford, who has a 2-month-old daughter and searched for consecutive days.
Particularly disturbing were the accusations against Shaniya's mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis. Police charged Davis with human trafficking and felony child abuse, saying Shaniya was offered for sex.This is the initial report, so it may change. But if it does turn out to be true, what is the appropriate punishment for Antoinette Davis?
Assuming Davis is not given the death penalty for her role as an accessory to murder, she ought to be sterilized in addition to whatever other penalty she receives. This, of course, will never happen, as the ACLU and their ilk would raise a huge stink if the government ever tried to do such a thing. But it would only be fitting, as well as good for society.
Addendum, 11/18: I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that Davis was pimping her daughter out in an effort to get back at the father, from whom she was separated.