Sad Case Of Maleah Davis May 16, 2019 8:42:19 GMT -4
Post by Admin on May 16, 2019 8:42:19 GMT -4
'Scent Of Decomposition' Detected In Vehicle Of Man Engaged To Maleah Davis' Mother
Darion Vence remains locked up in a Houston jail on a $1 million bond.
As the search continues in the Maleah Davis missing person's case, the fiancé of the young girl's mother has been detained by Houston police officials in connection to her disappearance.
As Blavity previously reported, Darion Vence claimed she was kidnapped on May 4. Vence explained to police he was driving with Davis and her 1-year-old brother when he heard a popping sound, similar to a popped tire. Vence allegedly pulled over to identify the sound and when he emerged from his vehicle, he was accosted by two Hispanic men driving a blue pickup truck.
Allegedly, one of the men said, "Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet," and the other hit Vence on the head, leaving him unconscious.
Soon after his original report, law enforcement identified several inaccuracies in Vence's account of the little girl's vanishing.
Thinking of this baby today and how she did not stand a chance. The amount of people who failed her is insane.
According to the news outlet, police found drops of blood in the hallway leading to the bathroom of Vence's unit and across various parts of the bathroom. Law enforcement then used a chemical that once sprayed, can pinpoint blood not seen by the naked eye. On May 3, the day before Vence went to police, footage captured him exiting the home with his 1-year-old son, a laundry basket, and a black trash bag.
CNN also reports there was a "scent of decomposition in the vehicle" that was recovered about five miles from where Vence said he woke up after being allegedly beaten. Vence told officials his car had been hijacked in the abduction; however, that contradicts video that show the 26-year-old being dropped off at a local hospital in the same silver Nissan Altima that law enforcement recovered Thursday. Per The Daily Beast, police dogs apparently reacted to the scent in Nissan's trunk as well that of the laundry basket Vence was holding when he left his apartment.
Quanell X, a local community activist is certain a murder charge is looming.
"I can guarantee you there will be a murder indictment on this man," he said, via 11 Alive. "Evidence from inside the apartment being analyzed right now will help us all learn the truth of what he did with her body."
Unfortunately, Davis' whereabouts remain a mystery.
"We know she's still missing," Tim Miller, director of Texas Equusearch said. "The second fact we know is he's not telling the truth. We got to keep searching."
Maleah Davis case: Missing 4-year-old's biological father shares heart-wrenching photo
ALEX LASKER, AOL.COM
The father of a missing Houston girl took to social media to share heart-wrenching photos of his daughter amid a nearly two-week-long search for her.
Craig Davis, the biological father of Maleah Davis, posted a series of photos of himself and the 4-year-old child on Instagram, including one of her head resting on his chest in a hospital bed following her head surgery, KRIV reports.
"He's a father. He loved his daughter. His daughter has been ripped away from him," Tamisha Mendoza, Craig Davis' cousin, told the station. "He's devastated."
Derion Vence, the 26-year-old ex-fiancé of Maleah's mother Brittany Bowens, was arrested Saturday after blood was found in his apartment and traces of human decomposition were detected in his trunk.
Testing confirmed the blood evidence matched the missing girl's DNA, which was taken from her toothbrush.
Vence, who was referred to as Maleah's stepfather, was booked into the Harris County jail on suspicion of "tampering with evidence, namely a corpse" and is currently being held on a $45,000 bond, which was reduced from $1 million on Monday.
Investigators believe more charges may be forthcoming, "including but not limited to the first-degree felony offense of murder."
Vence initially wove an intricate tale of his step daughter's disappearance for investigators, claiming she was abducted by three men while they were on the way to pick up Bowens at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 9 p.m. on May 3.
Police later uncovered multiple discrepancies in Vence's story, including security footage from both his apartment complex and the hospital he supposedly walked to after the "kidnapping" took place. Both tapes dispute his version of the events leading up to and after Maleah's disappearance.
Notably, the missing girl and her two brothers had been removed from their parents' care once before in August 2018 over allegations of abuse after Maleah suffered a serious head injury, officials with state Child Protective Services in Houston told the Associated Press.
Her mother claimed the injury resulted after the girl fell "from a tall chair to a marble table," but doctors were skeptical of the story. The children were returned to the care of Vence and Bowens in February 2019 and CPS caseworkers have been monitoring the home since then.
Maleah has black hair and brown eyes, stands at about 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 30 to 40 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light blue Under Armour jacket, blue jeans and gray Under Armour tennis shoes with pink and white details. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 713-308-3600.