Human decomposition detected in car driven by the man watching Maleah Davis

Clay Curtis
May 13, 2019

One hit him and knocked him out for almost 24 hours. That story, authorities say, has changed several times.

Maleah and her two brothers were taken from their home and placed with a relative after allegations of abuse previous year, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services told CNN.

It has been one week since anyone saw Maleah Davis.

Vence said men in a pickup truck pulled up, knocked him out and abducted him, Maleah and his 2-year-old son before eventually allowing him and the boy to go free, according to Houston police. Thinking it was a tire, he stopped to check. He claimed that he pulled over to check if the auto had a flat tire when three men in a pickup truck pulled up, knocked him out and took the girl.

Police have described Mr Vence as Maleah's stepfather, but Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, said through a spokesman that Mr Vence is her former fiancé.

This comes a day after his ex-fiancée, Brittany Bowens, and her representative, Quanell X, made allegations against Vence, implicating him with Maleah's possible murder, among accusations of explicit photos sent to men. Once fully awake and conscious, Vence only had his son and said Maleah wasn't with him.

Vence then walked to a nearby hospital and was treated. Vence is in custody of the Houston Police Department.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Maleah on Sunday. They are asking for people who may know where the gas can was sold to contact the homicide division.

"I realize there are a lot of blanks in this story, but we're hoping the public can fill in the blanks", Houston Police Sgt. Mark Holbrook said.

CNN has reached out to Vence several times this week, but didn't receive a reply.

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But Quanell X said Vence and Bowens were recently in a fight and she broke off their engagement.

Bowens did not speak during the news conference. She asked community activist Bro.

Surveillance video from a neighbour showed Vence carrying a large, blue laundry basket with a large trash bag from his apartment on May 3, Stayton said. Police previously had spelled his first name as "Darion".

Vence said his silver Nissan Altima was taken in the abduction, but surveillance video showed someone dropping him off in that vehicle at an area hospital the next day.

Houston police said Saturday that some of those claims were false. Police found the auto Thursday.

Maleah and her two brothers were taken from their home and placed with a relative after allegations of abuse previous year, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services told CNN.

CPS officials told KTRK that she and her two siblings were removed because of allegations of physical abuse related to her head injury. Maleah was first treated for a odd lethargy, and a week later, she fell and cut her head while sitting at a table.

Maleah's father said he is heartbroken over his daughter.

Maleah had a seizure five days later, and that's when doctors discovered bleeding on the left side of her brain and operated on her, Bowens said. The order was reportedly the result of separate motions by Bowens' own mother, Brenda Bowens, and the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Investigators also found blood at the apartment, both in the hallway leading to the bathroom and on surfaces inside the bathroom, Stayton said.

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