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No murder charges have been filed in Maleah Davis' gruesome death days after her remains were found in an Arkansas ditch.

Fox 26 News spoke with a Houston police investigator who said officials are still waiting for a cause of death from the medical examiner. At this time police don't have enough evidence to prove intent.

The only suspect, Derion Vence, is still being held in jail on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a human corpse.

Newly released surveillance video footage shows the first time Maleah's mom, Brittany Bowens, was seen after she returned from Massachusetts early on the morning of May 4. In the video, she is seen entering the family's apartment at Kirkwood Landing complex in Houston. Her daughter, Maleah, was reported missing later that evening by her fiancé, Derion Vence, 27.

Vence told police Maleah was abducted three Mexican males who knocked him unconscious on Friday, May 3.

Investigators got a search warrant for Vence's phone records, including his texts, call history, geo location, and his Internet search history from Verizon.

Vence's attorney filed a motion for Quanell X's phone records to prove he was sent by police to obtain a confession from Vence in the Harris County Jail last week.

That confession led police to Arkansas where Maleah's remains were found along highway I-30 in Hope, Arkansas.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo believes someone else was in the car with Vence when he drove to Arkansas to dump Maleah's remains.

"I'm heartened and I'm relieved that we've been able to find her and bring her home where she belongs instead of on the side of a road where a coward, and or one or more persons or cowards with no soul just dumped her like she's a road kill somewhere," said Chief Acevedo.

He said more arrests are expected. "We have every intention of bringing charges against those, uh, the person or persons responsible for her death and the person or persons responsible for trying to conceal her death by dumping her on the side of a highway in Arkansas.

June 9 has been proclaimed "Maleah Davis Day" in Houston. The proclamation was given to Maleah's biological father, Craig Davis, on Thursday.

City Hall will be illuminated in pink lights in honor of the little girl who touched hearts around the world.

Participants are asked to wear Maleah's favorite color.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also released a statement remembering Maleah as a "sweet beautiful, and innocent little girl who deserved a chance to enjoy life just like any other child."
 

  • HoneyHitchcock

    This is unbelievably sad. RIP Angel

  • Victorious82

    I thought little Maleah was biracial when I first saw her. She didn’t look like she belonged to those worthless ass parents of hers.

  • NSYDEOUT

    Well......if they want to get some answers and get a conviction, come after that hog head mother and blow Pop head step daddy like they're cop killers. They waste NO TIME in finding answers when it's one of their own. You can get some real charges going then. Wish I could rid them of this and have every person that harmed Maleah dealt with.

  • MistaO

    Because the "momma" killed her! That bi tch just got lucky the city mowed over the childs remains. That's why they can't determine the cause of death.

  • Elevated Soul

    So much fright in babygirl's eyes.....She's in another dimension now under the ultimate protection. Maleah was hurt once supposedly when in the care of her biological mother & father. It just couldn't be determined who hurt her,which is why both had to go to parenting classes.....

    Maleah was also hurt when Brittany was with Derion Vence but the common denominator is that Brittany, was in the home on both occasions. Brittany own sister stated Brittany would often brag about how "Derion takes the fall for her"....Nothing would surprise me in this case.

  • hi-liter

    WTF is wrong with these simple azz people? If that slow looking bastard was seen on video going into the apartment with Maleah running behind him and if no one saw her again, and then saw him carrying a fuck-in trash bag out of the house later that day..... plus with that bogus azz Mexican kidnapper story, why can’t he be charged? Find some to charge him with and make it fuckin stick......like y’all been doing for Years to innocent people.

  • Bree

    It had to be God that allowed her remains to be found. Apparently she was discarded weeks ago but the cleaning crew didn't bother to get rid of the entire bag at once. We would have never if Vence's story actually checked out. The police officers that traveled to Arkansas would have made a blank trip, not to mention more money and resources wasted. Although I'm not pleased with Vence's actions nor Brittany Bowens, I am grateful that God touched Vence's heart to tell where the remains were. Brittany ignored God's warning signs when it came to Maleah and that is why she lost her daughter. She sacrificed her for her own happiness. This is why I don't have a problem with women who don't want children nor the responsibility to care for another individual. I can't wait to be a mommy. And God knows I will always remember Maleah Davis for personal reasons. God rest her soul! ?

  • Bree

    They are having a mental health evaluation done on Vence! He might get off pleading temporary insanity, especially if there is a psychiatrist that can prove his defense. I have said from the start that he took his frustrations out on that baby. Vence will take the charge, but Brittany Bowens paid the price.

  • Bree

    Money and resources were wasted since Vence lied to the authorities. So he will likely be charged with obstruction of justice and a plethora of other charges. I don't think they will be able to charge him with murder because it seems the crime scene was either wiped cleaned or there was no crime committed with a weapon. Hitting Maleah would be endangering a minor, child abuse, and or neglect. I don't know what they are waiting on because his charges will add up. I think a judge may have been waiting for a body to show up. No body, no crime. No crime, no investigation.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I believe so too, esp. after watching interviews on YouTube of the Derion Vence, police and Quanell X!

  • Allihave2say

    He won't get off on an insanity plea. He knew then and knows now right from wrong. Vence disposed of the body, he cleaned the crime scene, he travelled across state lines to distance himself from the body and the murder, he also fabricated a series of lies to cover the truth.

    Brittany Bowens has paid a price of $0. This mother has yet to shed a real tear. She continues to post the murder suspect's pictures and videos on IG. Brittany didn't care when her daughter was alive and damn sure doesn't care not that she's dead. Brittany is a sociopath.

  • Allihave2say

    I can see this. At some point I began to wonder if she is guilty of murdering her child and Vence is guilty of covering for her.

  • Allihave2say

    I don't believe she was mowed over. She was sawed into pieces and disposed.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Brittany is a very sic and sadistic person! I believe they both abused the child, to keep one from telling on the other, like some cult thing!

  • therealashland

    wasn't the bio father trash too>? F' all of them

  • Allihave2say

    Looks like the dad's new girlfriend is pregnant. Am I seeing her right? He doesn't want to be on camera because we all want to know why his ass was too sorry to get custody while Maleah was in CPS custody. He also knows we're disgusted by the video of him eating that food from her hands like a pedo his damn self.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I think they have a lot to sort through because of claims being made, lies told, and facts about the case!

    They want an airtight case, and also hoping one of them flip on the other!

    Both of these individuals need to be taken out of society because they’re monsters, regardless of who did what or cast the final blow!

  • missmiami305

    So heartbreaking!

  • Lady” Youngblood

    You are so correct! But everyone doesn’t have common sense. Like you Because with what you stated only,should be enough for them to charge everybody or at least him.

  • Bree

    She has paid the price in God's eyes. Because this is on her as Maleah's mother. I haven't paid any attention to her social media for the simple fact that I am not on social media. I believe that there will be several charges against not only her, but Vence also. They both will suffer a cruel death just like Maleah. That baby didn't stand a chance.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    It’s obvious that they are looking at everything. Vence is stuck in jail, and mommy isn’t what she seemed to be!

  • T Willis

    That nucca going down!

  • laidbackgal4real

    EXACTLY... like come on .. just charge him ...what’s the hold up .. and her so called mom .... Smfh

  • the guest

    There will never be a murder charge for Vence because the mother killed her baby girl. The police know the mother is the murderer and masterful criminal who used the boyfriend to cover up her abuse and murder of her own baby girl.

    They are using that video of Vence with the garbage bag in laundry basket to hold him on corpse tampering because they want him to break down, tell the truth, and substantiate their evidence against the mother.

    The mother so masterfully murdered her baby and covered up her crime that the police actually need Vence to do the right thing and tell the truth about how the mother killed baby Maleah so they can successfully charge and get an appeal-proof conviction of the mother who is the real murderer.

    What’s really sad is that the mother has other children and if she gets away with this murder, she be pregnant by the end of this year if she’s not pregnant already. She a narcissistic sociopath.

  • Brown & Proud

    I need the next update on this case to be a mugshot of "mommy dearest". We all know she is guilty as well. Lock em both up and throw away the key.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They probably can't tell how she was killed so therefore no murder charges.

    They will just load up on peripheral charges like dismembering and abuse of a corpse, etc.

  • Shamwow

    This seems plausible. Maleah’s father seems young minded. The way he says I don’t want to talk. I wouldn’t be suprised if Darion was equally childish. However not snitching is a code. Sounds dumb but snitching makes like more difficult. You get in trouble with your own people, cops abandoned you,and if he does keep this secret. He could be recruited in a deeper gang of crime while on jail and make some real money. Sounds dumb but convicted felons do things for a reason that many regular folk don’t understand.

  • currvalicious

    A proclamation for being a deadbeat father.

  • tintin

    This man over here was chilling w/ a woman in his apartment and she died from a drug overdose (so he says)

    So instead of calling an ambulance he chopped up her body
    and put into garbage bags and dumped the body parts near a butcher shop. Police charged him with “Indignity to a Body” instead of
    murder. I think that’s what they’re going for with Maleah.

  • Strappyheels

    I think so too!!!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    You need to be on the prosecuting team.

  • Luv Pitties

    I’m going to echo what I and others have said, the poor excuse for a mother, Vence and her biological father ain’t worth ish. They are all guilty in relation to this baby’s death. That mother needs to get behind bars or street justice sooner than later. I am not in Texas but I will still wear pink for her on her day.

  • Karen Brady

    So yesterday I was getting off an elevator and the cutest little 3 yr old just came running and laughing and almost knocked me over getting on. I laughed and said "hey baby, you almost knocked me over" and she blushed and smiled. So I'm stepping off and then I realize "wait is she alone?" so just as I'm asking her who she's with her pregant mama came around the corner and I laughed again and said "oh good, I was wondering if she was alone". Her mother balled up both fists, shook her head, stepped on the elevator and said very loudly and forcefully to her daughter "I TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THAT!". The little girl didn't cower but you could see she knew her mama was serious. I walked off and then said to myself (thinking of Maleah).."was that a situation?" "Do I just brush it off?" Well of course I did and this was at the doctor's office and again, mom is very preggo and clearly doesn't want her kid running off which is a great thing. They were an attractive and well put together mother and daughter which means nothing but the balled fists gave me pause for thought and again it's because Maleah will forever come to my mind. Happy weekend ya'll.

  • DeepThinker

    I never realized the daddy is fat too. People really know how to work that camera on social media.
    It looks like this fool has more chirrens just making babies everywhere he can’t adequately provide for.

  • Coy little wink

    This child was an angel on Earth she had to return to Our Father ?

  • DeepThinker

    Happy Friday to you.
    Another poor child who’s parent probably takes her life’s frustrations out on the child. It seems like the main folks with undiagnosed mental health and/or unresolved pain of their own keeping bringing kids here. So sad ?

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    still have nothing for the father

  • DeepThinker

    I hope not. Here in Illinois years ago a man killed his girlfriend dismembered and buried her. Her skull and a few bones were found many months later, they still charged and convicted him of murder. They used witness testimony and his car towed from her neighborhood around the time of her disappearance to nail him. Let’s not loose hope. Maybe the brother will request immunity to rat him out. The mother will be tied in soon too. Probably his whole family too. ?

  • DeepThinker

    They are are feeble minded and all sound very dumb. I’m not sure if daddy has sense enough to be embarrassed.

  • Listen2Me

    This situation can be looked at a couple of ways:
    Mom could have balled up her fist for you. (Defensive momma mood). She didn’t know if you were a kidnapper and you were talking to the child.
    Secondly, she should have been stern will telling the child not to run off. It doesn’t take but a split second for tragedy to happen.

  • Thee Lovelii Ladii Jaye ?

    They may be just as confused as we are...this is complicated..too many missing pieces..one wrong move and it's all going to come crashing down. #JusticeForMaleah

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He's probably hoping for that. That will probably get him maybe 5-7 years instead of a possible life sentence. That would be a travesty though.

  • DeepThinker

    She sure is a sociopath. Posting those pictures /videos of him and Maleah I also believe she is trying to send a secret message to him that she is not blaming him and on his side so he does not rat her out. She’s playing mind games. Dirty byytch!

  • DeepThinker

    I’m mad the press shared that info part of me doesn’t believe it but a tactic to get persons of interest to lower their guard.

  • Trey

    The biological father is a dirtbag too. The moment you found out your child is being abused, you should have gotten custody....but we know where your head is

  • Ni Ni

    Smh

  • CookieMobster

    The step MOM aint shit either. She should have pushed him to get the child if she was being abused.

  • Carrington

    Who cares if the police sent him to get a confession, if the MF GAVE the confession and directed police to a body all the way in Arkansas - stands to reason that the MF did it.
    Liltle known fact: Quannel "Pro Black" X keeps his wife and family completely out of the media because she's a Mexican.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I just CANNOT with this BS anymore! KILL THEM!
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/l0HUfvpxcXSuuf0dO/giphy.gif

  • Shamwow

    Because of her “preexisting” condition (which was caused by abuse) she may have perished. But still...still this is sad and a horrible way to go. A garbage bag!?!? Is that how we take care of bodies. The fact that you didn’t call the ambulance just screams . WHATEVER SHE DIED FROM SOMEONE WANTED TO HIDE IT! If anyone around me died I would call and ask the 911 operator what should I do? I’m not going to get straight to work chopping, cleaning, purchasing garbage bags and Clorox, dumping her body off a highway, dump my only car miles away, hitch a ride, I’m sure he fed his son, fake a injury.. really dude. That’s why I don’t lie because you need a lie to cover a lie and more lies to cover that lie. Just stop talking. If everything is going to be a lie! I hate when stuff like this happens. It forces the sound minded people to force themselves to understand why do dumb people do dumb shyt. Exhausting as hell!! I’m done with this today. Maleah’s fate was sealed the moment her mother became pregnant and that’s sad but real talk!! No bs! No could’ve would’ves what happened happened! Throw the whole family away. Eff what dad has to say he’s involved too. Alll he enjoyed was the attention he got from girls oooohhh your baby is sooo cute.

  • GinJen

    I could be wrong as I did not read up on this particular case, but at least with a skull, the coroner could determine if the lady died from head trauma. Maybe that's how they got the conviction. I've also seen plenty of cases where they couldn't prosecute for murder because the bodies were in such bad shape that they couldn't determine if the people were murdered. They settled with some sort of tampering charge. I'm hoping Maleah's skull is still intact so that the coroner can tell if she died from head trauma.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He said it was an "accident", so they can probably already charge him with criminally negligent homicide, or child endangerment... but they're probably holding off on that till they get enough evidence to charge him with murder. They're taking their time and building their case, so I'm fine with being that. I want to see them get it right, and not just rush to just charge him with something quick.

  • hi-liter

    Well yeah, I agree, but all this talk with him walking is just ridiculous.

  • Shamwow

    That’s hoping the family that hid the abuse steps up. Hmm their probably beating their own kids now. Probably not stepping up because, skeletons are falling out of every member of that family closet. Quanell is probably saying damn I jumped in too quick, family secrets disgusted him. Pardon my tone it’s not for you love. Happy Friday ?

  • GinJen

    Right, and to complicate matters more, Maleah already had skull and brain trauma before her murder, so it'll be a task for the coroner to differentiate any injuries he/she notes during autopsy. You wouldn't expect these lowlife, low level crooks to cause such a complicated situation.

  • Shawty

    What's the damn hold up?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I'm gonna pass by city hall on Sunday to see for myself. 6/9 is my birthday, too...

  • Karen Brady

    So so true. It makes me very sad.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    It's his attorney's job to do everything he can to free his client - that includes getting a confession thrown out of court.

  • Renee26

    Quannel "Pro Black" X keeps his wife and family completely out of the media because she's a Mexican.

    ? ? ?

  • Renee26

    That's why he don't wanna be on camera

  • Renee26

    Sick mf

  • Trey

    Exactly....When me and my baby moms was going through it...I said she could move out but the baby stay with me until she got her ish together...I dont play about my kids

  • Renee26

    That's why he waited so long to tell where the body was... Decomposition got rid of a lot of evidence. Unless a knife marks are left on bone there may not be any evidence to show the cause of death

  • Renee26

    Swear

  • Renee26

    They have an infant already

  • Sweetness

    ????

  • DeepThinker

    He should be embarrassed

  • DeepThinker

    ????? all these lowlifes know how to do is eat, smash and breed. New girlfriend is a dummy too to have a child with a man who is half caring for his others.

  • Ghost

    Weeks of DRAMA and no murder arrest!? The HPD need to get on the case...apparently most of the “work” has been done for them..sigh. The mother will probably leave the state after the daughter has a proper service...so I hope somebody is planning on doing something...geez..?

  • Ghost

    Weeks of DRAMA and no murder arrest!? The HPD need to get on the case...apparently most of the “work” has been done for them..sigh. The mother will probably leave the state after the daughter has a proper service...so I hope somebody is planning on doing something...geez..?

  • Applebootay

    OHHHHH YOU DON'T SAY?!! Not MR. BLACK PANTHA....Big watermelon head azz...

  • Applebootay

    HE--IS--NOT--AN--ATTORNEY

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    You asked "who cares". Derion's attorney cares. Which is why he's looking for reasons to have it thrown out. That's what I was saying.

    READING-COMPREHENSION-IS-FUNDAMENTAL

  • Applebootay

    I was talking about Watermelon jug head azz Q...simmer down

  • Clobaby_

    Everything is so bizarre about this story smh! Throw the whole damn family away.

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Well I wasn't so. Guess your reply talking about Q was unecessary. ?

  • Candace Golden

    Craig Davis is thick...

  • Applebootay

    I guess You TOLD me....Girl BYEEEEEEEEEEEEE, I'm going off alright ....off this dumb azz comment thread with you....

  • Renee26

    IKR and he's not proud either otherwise he'd put them on display

  • Cie Be

    Exactly, wt-entire fuk is going on with Houston Police? Are they slow??? If that bastard Vence told police where Maleah's body could be found, 9x's out of NINE, this ninja did or knows who did it....and Maleah's mammy, purrrleez, don't get me started on that winch....I could just fly to Houston to kick her azz myself! This entire scenario is making me sick to my stomach.....baaarf!!!

  • Cie Be

    Lol....watermelon head azz!! Priceless!

  • Cie Be

    Say it again!!! He's bout one nutcase!!!

  • Cie Be

    Yep, she's a loser as well!

  • Cie Be

    Huh??? Wthell??? smh....

  • Cie Be

    Oh my Lord, you are probably right, which makes this story even more sad....Rest n' Heavenly Paradise, Maleah, so sorry, your people and the system failed you! #Justice4Maleah!!!!

  • Truedat!

    I'm convinced that ninja is slow

  • Truedat!

    True, but I'm sure the healing/scars will appear older..it will still be difficult with decomposition tho

  • Truedat!

    Did you see her interview right after they confirmed it was Maleah? She was soooo self centered and fake pausing to appear emotional...a real mom wouldn't have been able to make it through an interview at such a time

  • the guest

    Thank you. Because if I was on the prosecuting team, the mother would have been the prime suspect from day one.

  • 305MOM E

    Awwww. Happy Birthday Sis!

  • 305MOM E

    Awwww. Happy Birthday Sis!

  • 305MOM E

    Lol! Not surprised! Those be the ones! Afro picks with fists and all!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I was appalled at some of her responses, the reporter had to guide her through. She didn’t speak with any passion about her child, not counting fake crying, no tears.

    She couldn’t stand that precious little girl, why the abuse repeatedly occurred, leading up to her death!

    All moms don’t bond with their children, or will dislike them because of the dad!