There were still many questions that needed to be answered in the case of a missing 4-year-old girl after her stepfather claimed she was abducted in Houston on Friday. Now, Maleah Davis‘ biological father has spoken out in an emotional appeal as authorities scrutinize the stepfather’s allegations.
“I haven’t spoken to the public because I can’t talk about my daughter,” Craig Davis told ABC13 Eyewitness News on Tuesday. “I can’t control my emotions. I can’t predict myself. I break down and I cry.”
Craig Davis said he wants to talk to Darion Vence, Maliah’s stepfather.
The Associated Press is reporting that Houston authorities said Vence’s account has “changed several times” and a reporter for the local Fox affiliate tweeted that police consider him a “person of interest.”
“I’m not putting the blame on anybody,” Craig Davis said. “I just need the questions that aren’t answered to be answered. There are so many unanswered questions. It’s not for the public to answer to them for me. It’s not for the police to answer them for me. It’s not for the news to answer them for me. It’s for Darion to answer for me.”
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. He said a blue pickup truck pulled up behind his vehicle and two Hispanic males got out.
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 Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said Maleah and her two brothers were removed from their home last year due reports of abuse.
“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.
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.