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Police arrest stepfather of 4-year-old girl he claims was kidnapped

Police charge stepfather of missing Texas girl with evidence tampering

Derion Vence, 26, remained jailed today on a US$1 million bond after being arrested a day earlier on a charge of tampering evidence, specifically a human corpse.

Vence told police that on May 4 he was driving to the airport with his 1-year-old son in the vehicle to pick up Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens. Authorities said they made the arrest after finding found blood evidence that linked him to missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis, his ex-fiancee's daughter.

Dogs trained to find cadavers reacted to the trunk of the vehicle, Pat Stayton, a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, said at Mr Vence's probable cause court hearing last night.

According to CNN, Vence also said his auto, a silver Nissan Altima, was stolen during this kidnapping but was found four days after the incident was reported.

Bowens, with community activist Quanell X speaking for her, claimed Friday afternoon that there is surveillance video that will help police in their investigation. His next court appearance is set for Monday.

Houston police said Saturday that some of those claims were false.

The bombshell accusation comes just one day after authorities discovered the silver Nissan Altima Vence had reported stolen.

When he stopped, he said, several men in a pickup truck pulled up, knocked him out and abducted him, Maleah and his toddler son.

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Vence initially reported his stepdaughter missing after he showed up Saturday at a hospital in Sugar Land, which is next to Missouri City.

Surveillance video from a neighbour showed Vence carrying a large, blue laundry basket with a large trash bag from his apartment on May 3, Stayton said.

"They didn't find anything because we're not those kinds of people", she said. Cameras captured Vence bringing her back into their family apartment that morning, after that, investigators say he was never seen with her.

Officials say Maleah's stepfather, Darion Vence, is a person of interest in her disappearance.

Anyone who may have seen Vence or Maleah is asked to contact Houston Police at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers Houston at 713-222-TIPS. Quanell X to make a statement on her behalf.

A mother is missing her little girl and the girl's stepfather has told a story of abduction and a 24-hour blackout.

Child Protective Services removed Maleah and her brothers from the home Vence and Bowens shared in August after the girl suffered a head wound, but the children were returned in February, according to an agency spokeswoman. Once fully awake and conscious, Vence only had his son and said Maleah wasn't with him.

Court documents obtained by KPRC also stated that a physician was unable to determine whether Maleah's injuries were caused by abuse. But Quanell X said that Vence and Bowens were recently in a fight and she broke off their engagement.

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