Maleah Davis is the four-year-old girl whose stepfather claimed was abducted on his watch over the weekend. While there seemed to be many holes in his story, Maleah’s mother was speaking out for the first time as the little girl’s history of child abuse was revealed.
Maleah’s mother spoke through tears at a press conference Monday.
“I love her so much. Maleah is a sweet girl, she loves to dance, she’s always happy,” Brittany Bowens said. “I just want to find Maleah… I just want to find my baby. I just want to find her. Help me find her! Please help me find her.”
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said Maleah and her two brothers were removed from their home last year due reports of abuse, according to CNN.
“In August 2018, Maleah and her brothers were placed with a relative following physical abuse allegations, stemming from a head injury she had, CPS said Monday night,” CNN wrote. “A judge ordered their return home in February and called for CPS to maintain temporary conservatorship and visit the home at least once a month to check on the family.”
Maleah reportedly had multiple brain surgeries. According to ABC reporter Shelly Childers, the surgeries were due to physical abuse.
Darion Vence, the child’s stepfather, 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 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.