Police suspect the mother of slain Shaniya Davis could possibly have owed money to the suspect and given her daughter as a payment, CNN reports.
Police found instruments used to manufacture drugs in the home of Antoinette Davis in a raid over the summer.
Shaniya was last seen alive in a hotel surveillance footage where suspect Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, is seen carrying the 5-year-old girl.
According to the report Davis and McNeill have a drug history together.
Shaniya's body was found alongside a North Carolina highway near her Fayetteville hometown in North Carolina Monday afternoon.