Earlier this evening, members of the Shaniya Davis Task Force received confirmation from the State Medical Examiner’s office ruling the manner of death for Shaniya Davis as homicide. The preliminary test results show asphyxiation as the cause of death, however, all examinations and testing have not been completed therefore a final report has not been issued.
After further discussion with the District Attorney’s office, the Fayetteville Police Department has filed the following additional charges against Mario Andrette McNeill:
o First Degree Murder
o First Degree Rape of a Child
Mr. McNeill received no bond for the above mentioned charges. He remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center at this time.
The criminal investigation surrounding this unfortunate tragedy continues as the task force follows up on leads and gathers additional information pertaining to the investigation. As such, in an effort to protect the integrity of the investigation and not jeopardize the criminal prosecution of any pending charges, we will not discuss any further details of this investigation.