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« Reply #1700 on: December 08, 2009, 11:28:52 PM »


  WYKS~  thanks also for the who's who.
Your comment about our future as a civilized society is IMO so true and a little scary. It sure seems like the most innocent of our kind, children, are being used, abused and discarded more and more frequently. Instead of outrage and fear of what "we're" becoming, the whole thing is treated like just another terrible crime, which it is but seems like there should be more efforts by us ( LE/judicial/media/educators/everybody) to stop this. Hope one day, history doesn't show that the unraveling of the society was hastened by the lax attitude about pedophile porn , child rape, child neglect, etc. 
The system that we have for child protection is seriously in trouble. There's not enough CPS agents to handle the load, it's not a high enough priority to pay for more. The courts have been cowed by lawyers who make money by challenging common sense, case after case of kids at risk being court ordered to be placed back in the custody of irresponsible parents. Case after case of lawyers fighting on behalf of perverts, returning them to neighborhoods to hurt again.
Everything's backwards, the criminals are the focus. It's all about them. Helping them, rehabilitating them, protecting their rights and only small attention paid to their victims.
It makes me want to do something but I'm at a loss as to what?? Sit here and rant and rave I guess!
                                                                                                                                                  

You're welcome!  And I agree with what you've said.  I dunno what the answer is either.  Seems that it's not gonna work with just a few of us so concerned.  Likely it's gonna take more than a few, and at many levels all the way up, of folks saying 'enough is enough!'  Seems there is a need to figure out how to take back the rights of innocent folks everywhere.  As you say, seems everything has become backwards, the rights of criminals ought not be the main focus. 

I do know that CPS out in California has had it backwards for many many years.  They have been known to tell kids as young as 7 yrs old, "Your parents cannot touch you!  Here's our card, call us if/when they do".  Do ya know what kind of power trip they handed those kids?   And took away any sense of respect for authority. 

Maybe that's where it begins?  I don't mean parents ought to be allowed to beat their kids, gosh sakes no!  However, when I was growing up, I had a healthy sense of fear of the consequences if I did or said something out of line.  Just didn't cross that line.  Seems today most kids don't have that healthy sense of fear.  And we wonder why many grow into teens/adults who don't seem to give a rat's azz about anyone other than themselves.  I don't know what the answers are.   


 
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« Reply #1701 on: December 09, 2009, 12:48:32 AM »

May there be Justice and  for those who have been found deceased..





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« Reply #1702 on: December 09, 2009, 02:27:50 AM »

Jerseygirl  Wow!  What a poignant expression of the burden in our hearts.  Words could not have said it better...
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« Reply #1703 on: December 09, 2009, 10:59:57 AM »

Jerseygirl  Wow!  What a poignant expression of the burden in our hearts.  Words could not have said it better...


truly!  picture says it all...

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« Reply #1704 on: December 09, 2009, 11:49:01 AM »

Published: 06:55 AM, Tue Dec 08, 2009
Fayetteville police question DSS cooperation in Shaniya Davis caseBy Nancy McCleary
Staff writer

 
The State Bureau of Investigation has agreed to look into the Cumberland County Department of Social Services' handling of the Shaniya Davis case.

The 5-year-old girl was taken from her home off Murchison Road on Nov. 10 and raped and murdered before her body was dumped in rural Lee County.

The request for assistance from the SBI came from District Attorney Ed Grannis after a meeting Friday with Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine and investigators.

Bergamine voiced concern about whether DSS had turned over complete and accurate records, according to a letter to County Manager James Martin.

"Based upon the information provided to me and my senior staff by the Fayetteville Police Department concerning these issues, I share their concern and I have requested the assistance of the SBI to assist us in this regard," Grannis wrote.

A spokeswoman for DSS said the agency and the county first learned of the Police Department's concerns on Friday.

Brenda Jackson, the DSS director, "will see that DSS personnel fully cooperate with the authorities in resolving this matter," said a statement Monday from county spokeswoman Sally Shutt.

Jackson and the agency's board chairman met behind closed doors with the county Board of Commissioners for 12 minutes Monday morning.

Jackson could not be reached for comment, and an e-mail sent to her had not been returned late Monday.

Commissioner Kenneth Edge, the board's liaison to the DSS, said he learned of the letter Monday morning.

He said he did not know what kind of records were kept and had never heard complaints in his two years as the liaison.

Shaniya was taken from her home in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park on Nov. 10.

She was last seen alive that same day in surveillance video from a hotel in Sanford. A man seen carrying Shaniya in the video, Mario Andrette McNeill, has been charged with her kidnapping, rape and murder.

Shaniya's body was found Nov. 16 in woods along Walker Road off N.C. 87 in Lee County. A preliminary autopsy report said she died of asphyxiation.

Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Davis, 25, is charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing an investigation.

The state Child Fatality Task Force said Nov. 23 that it planned to look into the contact between DSS and Antoinette Davis and her children.

Tom Vitaglione, co-chairman of the task force, could not be reached Monday to determine the status of that investigation.

A family member has said that DSS investigated Davis regarding her 7-year-old son. Davis was allowed to keep her son when the investigation was completed.

Staff writer Francis X. Gilpin contributed to this report.

Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at mcclearyn@fayobserver.com

http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/12/07/958494
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« Reply #1705 on: December 09, 2009, 11:51:52 AM »


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DSS Director Brenda Jackson has previously declined to comment on the agency's involvement with the Davis family, citing the investigation into Shaniya's death as well as confidentiality rules for child welfare cases.

Grannis sent a letter Friday to Cumberland County Manager James Martin to notify him that he and Bergamine have requested an SBI investigation of DSS.

"Chief Bergamine has requested the SBI's assistance to determine if Fayetteville police have received complete and accurate records from Cumberland County DSS regarding this case," Grannis wrote. "Based upon the information provided to me and my senior staff by the Fayetteville Police Department concerning these issues, I share their concern, and I have requested the assistance of the SBI to assist us in this regard."

In a statement released by Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt, Jackson said she would ensure that her office cooperates with authorities to resolve the matter.

Neither Jackson nor Grannis returned phone calls Monday seeking further comment.

Shaniya's father, Bradley Lockhart, declined to comment. The girl lived with him and his sister until early October, when he allowed her to go live with Antoinette Davis.

Authorities with the state Child Fatality Task Force already are looking into any DSS contact with the Davis family. The task force studies all child deaths in North Carolina to make recommendations to legislators on changes to state laws and administrative polices to prevent future deaths.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/6564577/
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« Reply #1706 on: December 09, 2009, 11:57:30 AM »

D.A and Police Department ask the SBI to investigate Cumberland County DSS
December 7, 12:11 PMSurry County CPS ExaminerLisa Nixon
 
 
According to a letter from Cumberland County District Attorney, Ed Grannis to Cumberland County Manager, James Martin, the District Attorney’s Office and the Fayetteville Police Department are both questioning whether the Cumberland County Department of Social Services has disclosed a “complete and accurate record” regarding the case of murdered 5-year-old, Shaniya Davis.

In the letter dated December 4, 2009, District Attorney, Ed Grannis writes,
 
“This afternoon I met with Chief Bergamine and the members of the investigative team investigating the death of Shaniya Davis.
Following the presentation by the investigators with the Fayetteville Police Department, Chief Bergamine has requested the SBI’s assistance to determine if Fayetteville Police have received complete and accurate records from Cumberland County DSS regarding this case. Based upon the information provided to me and my senior staff by the Fayetteville Police Department concerning these issues, I share their concern and I have requested the assistance of the SBI to assist us in this regard.”
 
Although North Carolina General Statute §7B-2902  permits disclosure to the public in Child fatality or near fatality cases when DSS has been involved, Cumberland County DSS has refused to release any information to the public about their connection or involvement with Shaniya Davis and her family to the public, citing the ongoing investigation.
In a press release issued November 20th Cumberland County DSS stated the following:
 
 Department of Social Services’ Statement On Davis Information Requests
 
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Cumberland County Department of Social Services has received numerous requests to release information regarding any connection the department has to Shaniya Davis and her family.
 
In response, the department is releasing the following statement explaining why those requests for information will be denied:
 
The Cumberland County Department of Social Services, through our County Attorney’s Office, consulted with the District Attorney’s Office of the 12th Prosecutorial District, in accordance with North Carolina General Statute §7B-2902(d).
 
The District Attorney has concluded pursuant to North Carolina General Statute §7B-2902(d)(3) and (5) that the release of any information at this time is likely to jeopardize the State’s ability to prosecute the defendant and also is likely to undermine an ongoing or future criminal investigation.
 
As a result, we will deny any request related to the release of information in the child fatality of Shaniya Davis.
 
“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and the community,” said Director Brenda Jackson. “Our focus continues to be on assisting law enforcement in any way possible.”
 
Apparently, the District Attorney’s office and the Fayetteville Police Department are both now questioning whether the focus of CCDSS is indeed assisting law enforcement in any possible way and whether DSS has released all the information they have to local law enforcement and the District Attorney.
 
According to WRAL.com, DSS director Brenda Jackson has said, in a statement released by Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt, “that she would ensure that her office cooperates with authorities to resolve the matter.”
 
The state Child Fatality Task Force is already reviewing any contact CCDSS had with Shaniya Davis’ family.
A Failure, by Cumberland County DSS, to provide accurate and complete information to the authorities in this case, could affect not only the criminal case, but the findings of the Task Force as well.
This is a perfect example of why there needs to be accountability and transparency in DSS.  Open these departments up to public scrutiny so they cannot hide evidence, their mistakes, or the full extent of their involvement with families.
Allowing DSS to keep their records confidential, prevents full disclosure in many harmful ways and enables them to keep their failures, mistakes and in some cases their law breaking from being discovered.

http://www.examiner.com/x-29636-Surry-County-CPS-Examiner~y2009m12d7-DA-and-Police-Department-ask-the-SBI-to-investigate-Cumberland-County-DSS
 
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« Reply #1707 on: December 09, 2009, 12:12:45 PM »

I know I have posted alot on the request into Child services  but I think its important,  I have posted this particular link in the "Links" thread, here it is for this thread.

Official Request letter from DA to investigate child services handling of information:

http://www.wral.com/asset/news/local/2009/12/07/6564754/DA_Letter_to_County_Manager.swf
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« Reply #1708 on: December 09, 2009, 01:16:59 PM »

Hope this isn't a repeat.....

Published: 12:37 PM, Wed Dec 09, 2009
Lawyer for Shaniya Davis' accused killer withdraws from case
A staff report

 The man accused of killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis will be assigned a new lawyer.

Mario Andrette McNeill had been represented by Fayetteville lawyer Allen Rogers.

During a brief court appearance today, Rogers withdrew from the case and McNeill was told a lawyer from the North Carolina Office of the Capital Defender would be assigned to the case. The office handles capital cases for the indigent.

Rogers said the state defender office could provide McNeill more resources to work the case than he could.

McNeill, 29, of the 2600 block of Pine Springs Drive is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and kidnapping.

Shaniya was taken from her mother's home in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park on Nov. 10. Video surveillance captured images of her that morning being carried into a Sanford Hotel by McNeill.

Six days later, her body was found in woods off N.C. 87 between Fayetteville and Sanford.

Shaniya's 25-year-old mother, Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing an investigation.

McNeill's next court date is set for Jan. 27.

http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/12/09/959210
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« Reply #1709 on: December 09, 2009, 07:16:34 PM »

D.A and Police Department ask the SBI to investigate Cumberland County DSS
December 7, 12:11 PMSurry County CPS ExaminerLisa Nixon
 
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The state Child Fatality Task Force is already reviewing any contact CCDSS had with Shaniya Davis’ family.
A Failure, by Cumberland County DSS, to provide accurate and complete information to the authorities in this case, could affect not only the criminal case, but the findings of the Task Force as well.
This is a perfect example of why there needs to be accountability and transparency in DSS.  Open these departments up to public scrutiny so they cannot hide evidence, their mistakes, or the full extent of their involvement with families.
Allowing DSS to keep their records confidential, prevents full disclosure in many harmful ways and enables them to keep their failures, mistakes and in some cases their law breaking from being discovered.
http://www.examiner.com/x-29636-Surry-County-CPS-Examiner~y2009m12d7-DA-and-Police-Department-ask-the-SBI-to-investigate-Cumberland-County-DSS
 

Thanks for these articles.  I find the part I bolded above to be of particular concern especially in the light of the death of Shaniya, and the circumstances surrounding her death.  I'm glad they are taking a closer look.  IMO this chain of events backs up family members and a friend who spoke out against Shaniya's father alledging the cigarette burns, etc.  Maybe the autopsy report revealed the cigarette burns and other signs that cooborate the family's stories.  This would put Brad Lockhart in a negative light IMO as well as DSS.  If that is the case and those allegations are true then it begs the question, why would Brad Lockhart knowingly and willingly put his child in harm's way?  I'm not trying to judge him just trying to figure out the meaning of the above actions by the LE agencies involved and DSS's reaction.

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« Reply #1710 on: December 09, 2009, 07:21:30 PM »

Hope this isn't a repeat.....

Published: 12:37 PM, Wed Dec 09, 2009
Lawyer for Shaniya Davis' accused killer withdraws from case
A staff report

 The man accused of killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis will be assigned a new lawyer.

Mario Andrette McNeill had been represented by Fayetteville lawyer Allen Rogers.

During a brief court appearance today, Rogers withdrew from the case and McNeill was told a lawyer from the North Carolina Office of the Capital Defender would be assigned to the case. The office handles capital cases for the indigent.

Rogers said the state defender office could provide McNeill more resources to work the case than he could.

McNeill, 29, of the 2600 block of Pine Springs Drive is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and kidnapping.

Shaniya was taken from her mother's home in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park on Nov. 10. Video surveillance captured images of her that morning being carried into a Sanford Hotel by McNeill.

Six days later, her body was found in woods off N.C. 87 between Fayetteville and Sanford.

Shaniya's 25-year-old mother, Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing an investigation.

McNeill's next court date is set for Jan. 27.

http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/12/09/959210

I thought in the court video we saw McNeil sign the waiver for a court appointed attorney in order to hire Roger's.  Of course that doesn't matter I guess if Rogers withdraws from the case.  Wonder if it is too close to home for him to defend this POS.  MOO, of course!!!

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« Reply #1711 on: December 09, 2009, 07:29:07 PM »

I know I have posted alot on the request into Child services  but I think its important,  I have posted this particular link in the "Links" thread, here it is for this thread.

Official Request letter from DA to investigate child services handling of information:

http://www.wral.com/asset/news/local/2009/12/07/6564754/DA_Letter_to_County_Manager.swf

ITA  This is very serious if DSS if hiding, covering up, and refusing to disclose info in a Human Trafficking case.  Who, why, when, and how long???  This sure doesn't look good on them, does it???    
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« Reply #1712 on: December 09, 2009, 09:08:59 PM »

I know I have posted alot on the request into Child services  but I think its important,  I have posted this particular link in the "Links" thread, here it is for this thread.

Official Request letter from DA to investigate child services handling of information:

http://www.wral.com/asset/news/local/2009/12/07/6564754/DA_Letter_to_County_Manager.swf

ITA  This is very serious if DSS if hiding, covering up, and refusing to disclose info in a Human Trafficking case.  Who, why, when, and how long???  This sure doesn't look good on them, does it???    

no it doesn't look good for them at all...
why can't the public see it? if everything was as it should have been, then why can't they disclose what they found or what they knew?
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« Reply #1713 on: December 10, 2009, 12:40:53 AM »

Hmmm... IIRC, seems that all I've read/heard about until now, is that DSS was only involved with Antoinette re her 7 yr old son... that Shaniya wasn't involved in that investigation... that perhaps DSS wasn't even aware of Shaniya before, possibly due to Antoinette having not reported that Shaniya visited/lived with her.     

But the letter in the article upthread says that the Police Chief "requested the SBI’s assistance to determine if Fayetteville Police have received complete and accurate records from Cumberland County DSS regarding this case."

Regarding this case?  If DSS had no involvement with Antoinette and Shaniya before her death, wouldn't they have simply said that to LE, and that would have been that?  But it seems they didn't.  It seems that DSS met with LE on Monday, and it took them 12 minutes to say that they "deny any request related to the release of information in the child fatality of Shaniya Davis."  Oh.... really? 

-- Which must mean that DSS *does have* info re Shaniya that they are refusing to release..

-- Which must mean that what DSS already reported to LE was incomplete and/or inaccurate, which prompted LE to call in the SBI.

-- Which must mean that LE has info or thinks that DSS had already been involved with Antoinette/Shaniya before her death.

How else would DSS have records 'regarding this case'? 

And another thought....
-- Is it possible that LE has info or thinks that Antoinette's 7 yr old son may also have been abused in some way, along with Shaniya, before her death? 

Am very tired tonight.. hope this made sense!  Going nite nite.. see ya all tomorrow. 
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« Reply #1714 on: December 10, 2009, 12:44:27 AM »

 I'm not a big fan of hers but when Hillary Clinton said that it takes a village to raise a child I'm sure that she didn't mean a village of idiots. Seems like Shaniya's father felt very comfortable farming out his kids. His circumstances were difficult at times but still he had resources that many don't. it's a fortunate thing that the older kids were left in permanent care of stable loving family members.  Poor Shaniya pulled the unlucky parents card and paid for it with her life.     
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« Reply #1715 on: December 10, 2009, 07:22:52 AM »

I'm not a big fan of hers but when Hillary Clinton said that it takes a village to raise a child I'm sure that she didn't mean a village of idiots. Seems like Shaniya's father felt very comfortable farming out his kids. His circumstances were difficult at times but still he had resources that many don't. it's a fortunate thing that the older kids were left in permanent care of stable loving family members.  Poor Shaniya pulled the unlucky parents card and paid for it with her life.     

Yes...agree...
he had choices that others did not have...
Shaniya was the youngest.....the others were already farmed out...she was the only one left..his last responsibility...
Not sure yet why he didn't just let Carey have this baby...I feel that she would have taken Shaniya in a heartbeat...
I hope that he doesn't procreate  any more children..
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« Reply #1716 on: December 10, 2009, 07:40:14 AM »

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20091210/APN/912100858
New attorney for NC man charged in girl's slaying
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 5:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 5:07 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A judge has appointed a new attorney for the North Carolina man charged with slaying a 5-year-old girl.

Multiple media outlets report that a capital public defender was appointed Wednesday for 29-year-old Mario McNeill after his attorney withdrew from the case.

McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Shaniya Davis.

The Fayetteville girl was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 10. Authorities say McNeill picked the girl up in front of her home and drove her more than 30 miles to a hotel in Sanford, where she was last seen alive. Surveillance video captured McNeill carrying the girl in the building.

Shaniya's mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution.
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« Reply #1717 on: December 10, 2009, 12:35:08 PM »

I'm not a big fan of hers but when Hillary Clinton said that it takes a village to raise a child I'm sure that she didn't mean a village of idiots. Seems like Shaniya's father felt very comfortable farming out his kids. His circumstances were difficult at times but still he had resources that many don't. it's a fortunate thing that the older kids were left in permanent care of stable loving family members.  Poor Shaniya pulled the unlucky parents card and paid for it with her life.     

Yes...agree...
he had choices that others did not have...
Shaniya was the youngest.....the others were already farmed out...she was the only one left..his last responsibility...
Not sure yet why he didn't just let Carey have this baby...I feel that she would have taken Shaniya in a heartbeat...
I hope that he doesn't procreate  any more children..
Cookie~  I'm going to put a disclaimer on this comment before I write it~ Not A Judgement But Just An Observation

It looks like (from the outside anyway) that Brad immersed himself in the black community. His way of talking even changes when he has been filmed when he's been in the comfort zone of his church friends and others. Or it could be that his way of talking changes when he's giving updates to news ppl. Whichever way it is, I wonder if he didn't want Shanya to be raised in a  black community however I think I remember one of his good friends, a black gentleman, who offered to care for her. He apparently didn't take the guy up on the offer. Possibly he felt Carey couldn't give Shaniya enough exposure to her cultural heritage??
We will probably never know and for sure never understand why he made the decisions that he did but I'm with you on hoping he doesn't make any more babies.
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« Reply #1718 on: December 10, 2009, 01:09:44 PM »

Hope this isn't a repeat.....

Published: 12:37 PM, Wed Dec 09, 2009
Lawyer for Shaniya Davis' accused killer withdraws from case
A staff report

 The man accused of killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis will be assigned a new lawyer.

Mario Andrette McNeill had been represented by Fayetteville lawyer Allen Rogers.

During a brief court appearance today, Rogers withdrew from the case and McNeill was told a lawyer from the North Carolina Office of the Capital Defender would be assigned to the case. The office handles capital cases for the indigent.

Rogers said the state defender office could provide McNeill more resources to work the case than he could.

McNeill, 29, of the 2600 block of Pine Springs Drive is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and kidnapping.

Shaniya was taken from her mother's home in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park on Nov. 10. Video surveillance captured images of her that morning being carried into a Sanford Hotel by McNeill.

Six days later, her body was found in woods off N.C. 87 between Fayetteville and Sanford.

Shaniya's 25-year-old mother, Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing an investigation.

McNeill's next court date is set for Jan. 27.

http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/12/09/959210

I thought in the court video we saw McNeil sign the waiver for a court appointed attorney in order to hire Roger's.  Of course that doesn't matter I guess if Rogers withdraws from the case.  Wonder if it is too close to home for him to defend this POS.  MOO, of course!!!



Im not quite sure, Im not schooled in the fine arts of the Law or the legal system...But I wonder if "Capital Defender" means that they will be going for the death penalty in this case and that the lawyer he had is not well equipped in Capital Cases?
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« Reply #1719 on: December 10, 2009, 01:18:31 PM »

Here is another article from Bill Kirby, In my opinion he will stay on this case and fight for Shaniya and all other children:

Published: 07:52 AM, Wed Dec 09, 2009
Red flags prompt closer look at DSSBill Kirby


 
Tom Bergamine has raised a red flag. He's the city police chief.

So has Ed Grannis. He's the county district attorney.

They are concerned about whether the Cumberland County Department of Social Services isfullycooperating with police in the investigation of slain 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

"Based upon the information provided to me and my senior staff by the Fayetteville Police Department concerning these issues," Grannis writes to County Manager James Martin, "I share their concern, and I have requested the assistance of the SBI to assist us in this regard."

Brenda Jackson is director of the Social Services agency that a family member of Antoinette Davis says previously investigated Davis with regard to her 7-year-old son.

Davis is the mother, too, of Shaniya, who was allegedly abducted Nov. 10 from her home in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park and found six days later raped and asphyxiated in Lee County.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder in the case. Antoinette Davis, 25, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution.

Jackson has been tight-lipped about her agency's investigative involvement with the mother, citing confidentiality restrictions. She said earlier that her agency was assisting Fayetteville police in the case.

Evidently, the chief and his investigators do not believe Jackson and her agency are cooperating, or cooperating as they should. Neither does the district attorney.

That's your red flag, Mrs. Jackson.

That's why Grannis has called in the State Bureau of Investigation.

The wheels of justice turn slowly, but when it comes to neglect or abused children, this is a zero-tolerance district attorney with zero-tolerance assistants, notably Margaret "Buntie" Russ, by his side.

The death of a Spring Lake child in March 2006, and that town's poor police investigation of the case, is what prompted Grannis' role in the ultimate demise and reconstruction of the Spring Lake Police Department.

Apparently, Grannis got the attention Monday of Jackson and Chet Oehme, the Social Services board chairman, as well as county commissioners.

Jacksonnow"will see that DSS personnel fully cooperate with the authorities in resolving this matter," we learn through Sally Shutt, a county spokeswoman.

Well and good, but this is about the abduction, rape and murder of a child who was brutally violated, her breath constricted out of her fragile 40-pound body.

I expect to hear from the Social Services director and just how her agency will cooperate with investigators. Chet Oehme and DSS board members Lyn Green, George Hendricks, Mary Deyampert-McCall and Marvin Rouse and county commissioners should expect as much.

We all can respect confidentiality in child abuse cases, but we also can expect assurances from the Social Services director - not a spokeswoman - that she and her case workers are assisting investigators and helping identify events or suspicions that may have led to this awful crime.

I'll not rest.

Not as long as there are red flags, and not until there is justice for this child.

Bill Kirby can be reached at kirbyb@fayobserver.com

http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/12/09/959017
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