The mother of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis made shocking claims of abuse against her fiancé Friday as police continue to search for the missing girl a week after she disappeared.
Community activist Quanell X made an “urgent statement” of behalf of Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowens, who stood by his side while the statement was announced, claiming her fiancé, Darion Vence, was abusive, local Texas station KTRK reports. Quanell also claimed to have surveillance video of Vence carrying items from the family’s apartment, including bleach.
Vence initially told police he had been on his way to the airport to pick up Bowens from the airport the evening of May 3 when he pulled the car over to check whether he had a flat fire. He then claimed three Hispanic males pulled up behind him, knocked him out, stole the vehicle he had been driving, and took off with Maleah, leaving Vence and his 1-year-old son behind.
He came to the hospital Saturday evening to report the disappearance after telling authorities he had been drifting in and out of consciousness ever since the attack.
However, Quanell claims the young girl went missing shortly after Vence — who has also been referred to in past media reports as the girl’s stepfather — and Bowen got into an argument.
“She told him that she was giving back his ring and that she was not going to marry him, and I believe that caused him to snap in anger against young Maleah,” Quanell said, according to KPRC-TV.
Houston Police have not yet commented on the Bowen’s allegations.
The bombshell accusation comes just one day after authorities discovered the silver Nissan Altima Vence had reported stolen. The car was unlocked and appeared to look “normal” revealing few clues to the young girl’s current whereabouts, according to KTRK.
Bowens also showed up at the scene where the vehicle had been found and collapsed to the ground, yelling “Where is my baby?”
Investigators have been trying to reach out to Vence in recent days, but said he has not returned any of their calls and police aren’t sure whether he is missing, the The Houston Chronicle reports.
“Each time we have tried to talk to him or have him come in, we have been unsuccessful,” Houston Police Department Homicide Detective Kenneth Fregia told local station KHOU earlier this week.
Investigators have said Vence’s story has changed several times since he reported the young girl missing.
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