Father of Missing Child Regrets Decision

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The father of a missing 5-year-old North Carolina girl says he never should have allowed her to go back to her mother, who is now being charged with human trafficking and other offenses.

It's not clear if the charges are related to Shaniya Davis' disappearance, and authorities say they still don't know where the girl is. The girl's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, reported her missing Tuesday from a mobile home community in Fayetteville. Police say she's facing charges for alleged child abuse and filing a false police report.

A man believed to be on a hotel surveillance video carrying the child has been charged with kidnapping.

Shaniya's father, Bradley Lockhart, tells The Associated Press that after raising the girl for several years, he decided to allow her to stay with her mother last month. He says she had recently gotten a job and her own place, and he decided to give her a chance. Now, he says he "should've never let her go."

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