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Trial delayed for mother of Shaniya Davis

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Antoinette Davis is charged with first-degree murder, felony sexual servitude, human trafficking, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender and making a false police report. Antoinette Davis is charged with first-degree murder, felony sexual servitude, human trafficking, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender and making a false police report.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A Superior Court Judge ordered the trial of Antoinette Davis to be delayed two weeks.

Judge James Ammons Jr. ordered the start of Davis' trial to begin Oct. 28. It was previously scheduled to start Oct. 14.

It was not immediately clear why the trial was delayed.

Davis is accused of giving her daughter, Shaniya Davis, to Mario McNeill, who was convicted earlier this year of murdering the child.

Shaniy Davis' body was found on Nov. 16, 2009, six days after she was reported missing.

In 2011, a Cumberland County grand jury indicted Antoinette Davis on charges of first-degree murder, felony sexual servitude, human trafficking, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender and making a false police report.

Police believe Davis gave her daughter to McNeill for prostitution.

McNeill was sentenced to death in May after being found guilty of six of seven charges in the death of Shaniya Davis. McNeill was accused of raping and killing the 5-year-old, but jurors did not convict McNeill on the rape charge.

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for Davis if convicted.

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