Maleah Davis' biological father shared some emotional photos of his daughter on his social media page. Maleah has been missing since May 3.
Craig Davis posted photos of Maleah in her hospital bed after undergoing surgery to decrease pressure in her brain. Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, told doctors the child fell off a high chair. But doctors called police, saying the extent of Maleah's injury was not caused by a fall from a chair.
Maleah and her two brothers were removed from Bowens' home in August, but Judge Gloria Lopez, 32, who was a judge for just one month, returned Maleah to Bowens in February.
Maleah's "stepfather" Derion Vence, 26, was arrested on Saturday and charged with tampering with a human corpse, a 2nd-degree felony. He is facing a 1st-degree murder charge that will make him eligible for the death penalty.
Bowens was in a Houston courtroom on Monday waiting for her ex-fiancé, Vence, to make an appearance. Vence's bond was set at $1 million during a hearing on Saturday, but on Monday his bond was reduced to $45,000 by Judge DaSean Jones, who has 2 minor children of his own.
Judge Jones canceled Vence's appearance on Tuesday and reset his hearing for June. Maleah’s supporters and family members were outraged at the judge for reducing her killer's bond.
Our distinguished & engaging guest today was Honorable Judge DaSean Jones of Texas District Court 180!
— Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (@HISD_MIMS) March 1, 2019
Judge Jones recently tweeted a list of requirements for bail that included, "the nature of the offense and circumstances under which it was committed are to be considered."
Maleah's paternal family and her supporters chased Bowens out of the courthouse. "She didn't deserve this," said Davis' cousin Tamisha Mendoza, who was among the protesters calling for Bowens to be arrested.
"You said you had suspicions that he was molesting her, why did you stay?" said Mendoza. "Why didn't you remove yourself from the situation? Furthermore, why didn't you remove her, even if you didn't want to leave that situation? You could have sent her to her dad. You could have sent her to her grandparents. You could have sent her anywhere except for leaving her there."
Meanwhile, the organization Texas EquuSearch resumed their search for Maleah in the Houston area on Tuesday.
#MaleahDavis This is the Judge who ordered Maleah Davis back into the home of Brittany Bowens & her Murdering Boy Toy after a "Fall" resulting in 3 brain surgeries. Why didn't her biological dad fight for custody? Who watches abuse like this turning a blind eye. They did. smdh pic.twitter.com/RttHtbldkU
— KimberlyDewayn (@KimDSummons) May 14, 2019