Shaquille O'Neal pays for a North Carolina girl's funeral

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WSFA) - Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal decides to pay for the funeral of a five year-old North Carolina girl.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player says he was touched by the case of Shaniya Davis after seeing her tragic story on TV.

"Shaquille is obviously a guy that steps up to the plate a lot of times and in a lot of different ways," stated Mike Brown, coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, is charged in connection with Shaniya's death.

She faces charges of human trafficking, felony child abuse, filing a false police report and resist.

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