Antoinette Davis, (Photo: WRAL)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- On Friday morning, the mother accused in the death of her 5-year-old daughter pleaded guilty.
Shaniya Davis was murdered nearly four years ago.
WRAL-TV is reporting that Antoinette Nicole Davis pleaded guilty to Second-Degree murder, Human Trafficking, First-Degree Kidnapping, First-Degree Sex Offense, Felony Child Abuse with Prostitution, Child Abuse and Indecent Liberties with Child. A judge sentenced her to spend at least 17 years in prison.
The plea deal included the dismissal of a First-Degree Rape Charge, the station reports, and it means no trial - which was scheduled to begin Oct. 28.
Shaniya Davis was reported missing from her Fayetteville home Nov. 10, 2009. Her body was found six days later in an overgrown field on the Lee-Harnett county line.
In May, Mario Andrette McNeill, 32, was convicted of Kidnapping and Assaulting Shaniya before killing her. He was sentenced to death. McNeill was offered a plea deal but declined.