Authorities in Texas were searching for a five-year-old girl after her stepfather said she was abducted over the weekend. Two Hispanic males took Maleah Davis on Friday, Darion Vence told police in Houston. Maleah, who has had multiple brain surgeries and was not feeling well that week, was not reported missing by Vence until Saturday, CNN reported.
Vence told Sgt. Mark Holbrook of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division that he, Maleah and his two-year-old son were on their way to George Bush Intercontinental Airport Friday night to pick up Maleah’s mother, who was flying in from Massachusetts. Vence said he heard a “popping noise,” like a popped tire and pulled over. A blue pickup truck pulled up behind the vehicle and two Hispanic males got out, according to Vence.
One of the men allegedly said “Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet” before Vence alleged he was hit in the head, lost consciousness and woke up at 6 p.m. on Saturday. He said Maleah was missing but his son was still there. Vence supposedly walked to a hospital, received treatment and then reported Maleah as missing.
“I realize there’s a lot blanks [sic] in the story,” Holbrook said.
The vehicle Vence was driving was also still missing as of Monday morning.
Maleah’s mother and four other women have started search party around the highway where she was allegedly abducted throughout the Sugar Land area in Houston.
“They (police) were mentioning a park close to Highway 6 and I-59, and this was the first park that came to mind, and it’s a big park, a lot of grass, a lot of trails,” family friend Dominique Bryant told CNN affiliate KPRC. “And I figured we could pass the flyers out because this park is always busy.”
Another friend stressed that time was of the essence.
“The minutes are not like minutes. They’re like an hour, and it’s, like, long,” Maenesha Gatewood said. “It’s hard and it’s stressful and it’s crying and it’s frustration and because why? That’s the only thing you can ask is, like, why?”
Maleah was reportedly last seen wearing a pink bow in her hair with a light blue zip-up jacket, blue jeans and gray, white and pink sneakers. She has black hair and brown eyes and stands 3 feet tall, weighing 30 to 40 pounds.