A month after 4-year-old Maleah Davis went missing, her mother’s ex-fiance, Derion Vence, has reportedly confessed to dumping her body in Arkansas.
Community activist Quanell X, who has been working as an advocate for Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens, told reporters he spoke with the suspect, who has been in jail since May 11, and he admitted the child died as a result of an accident and he dumped her body in Arkansas.
All I can say is he told me it was an accident, and that she is dead and where he dumped her body.
He said he pulled over in Arkansas, got out of the car, walked off the side of the road, and dumped her body off the side of the road.
I think it’s the truth. I don’t think he was lying to me. I think he was telling the truth. Many men have confessed to this type of crime.
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Maleah was reported missing on May 4 by Vence, who was her primary caretaker while Bowens was out of town for a funeral.
According to investigators, Vence claimed that on May 3 he was attacked while stopping to check a tire while on his way to the Bush Intercontinental Airport to pick up Bowens. Maleah and Vence’s 1-year-old son were with him.
He told police he was knocked unconscious by three Hispanic men, later regaining consciousness 24 hours later in the area of First Colony Mall. His son was with him but Maleah was not. He later entered a hospital in Sugar Land, where he told police that Maleah went missing.
From there, an exhaustive search across Harris, Fort Bend
In the middle of the search, investigators began disputing the details of Vence’s story. Turning their attention to Vence and the apartment where Maleah lived in, authorities obtained surveillance video showing the girl with Vence in the week before her disappearance.
In addition, they found blood evidence in the apartment. Vence was arrested just a week after he first reported the girl missing.
Below is an interview with Maleah’s mother, who received public backlash for leaving her baby girl with her ex-fiancé.
Brittany admitted to covering up the fact that Maleah had been abused by her ex-fiancé in the past.
This is such a terrible tragedy. My prayers are with Brittany. I can’t imagine what she’s going through.