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An image made from surveillance video shows a man carrying 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC. Davis was spotted in Sanford with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill, said Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Teresa Chance. An image made from surveillance video shows a man carrying 5-year old Shaniya Davis in the hallway of a hotel in Sanford, NC. Davis was spotted in Sanford with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill, said Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Teresa Chance.
Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, is seen in a photo provided by the Fayettville, NC Police Dept. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. Missing 5-year-old North Carolina girl Shaniya Davis was spotted in Sanford, with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill, said Fayette Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, is seen in a photo provided by the Fayettville, NC Police Dept. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. Missing 5-year-old North Carolina girl Shaniya Davis was spotted in Sanford, with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill, said Fayette
In this undated photo provided by the City of Fayetteville Police Department, Antoinette Nicole Davis. Davis, the mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, faces a child abuse charge involving prostitution as well as filing a false police report, according to a In this undated photo provided by the City of Fayetteville Police Department, Antoinette Nicole Davis. Davis, the mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, faces a child abuse charge involving prostitution as well as filing a false police report, according to a

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say they are searching along a highway for the body of a 5-year-old girl missing for a week.

Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said Monday officers are searching based on "reliable information" that indicates the body of Shaniya Davis may have been dumped there.

Police had previously said they hoped they would find Shaniya alive. Her mother reported her missing last Tuesday.

About 200 searchers fanned across several miles southeast of Sanford on Monday.

Shaniya's mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis, has been charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse and is accused of offering Shaniya for prostitution. Police have also charged 29-year old Mario Andrette McNeill, who was seen in surveillance footage carrying Shaniya into a hotel.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina mother accused of offering her 5-year-old daughter for prostitution is expected to appear in court.

Authorities were searching again Monday for Shaniya (shuh-NY-uh) Davis, who was reported missing by her mother last Tuesday.

Police arrested 25-year-old Antoinette Davis Saturday and charged her with human trafficking, felony child abuse involving prostitution and filing a false police report.

A short time after she reported Shaniya missing, a surveillance camera recorded a man carrying her into a hotel room in Sanford, about 30 miles away.

Police say that man, Mario Andrette McNeill, is charged in the girl's kidnapping and he has said he doesn't know where the girl is.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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