The suspect in the death of 4-year-old Texas girl Maleah Davis faces new charges in the case. Vence, who was indicted by a grand jury last month, faces a child/serious bodily injury charge. He has not been charged with murder despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
After a review of all of the evidence, including the autopsy results, prosecutors charged Vence with intentionally and knowingly causing seriously bodily injury to a child younger than 15 years of age, ABC 13 reports.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office filed the new charges on Monday. Vence was originally charged with tampering with a corpse after evidence was found in the apartment he once shared with Maleah's family.
Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, said the new charge was not enough.
"It's not fair to Maleah. At this point I want to know what happened to my daughter," she said on Monday. "The fact that he went through a great extent to cover himself is unbelievable. It's not enough. These charges aren't enough. But I have faith justice will prevail. Maleah we love you forever."
Maleah's remains were found discarded in a ditch along a highway in Arkansas on May 31. A medical examiner ruled her death was the result of "homicidal violence", but no one has been charged with her murder.
The Arkansas State Highway Commission voted to rename a bridge near where Maleah's remains were found in honor of the little girl.
According to ABC 13, the Red Lake Road overpass on I-30 will be renamed the 'Maleah Davis Memorial Bridge.'