We've been following the case of Maleah Davis since she was first reported missing in May of 2019. The case struck us as odd because there were too many holes in the story, nothing "sat right" with us and the entire country felt the same. Overtime, we all found out that what we'd feared, had actually happened.
Maleah Davis, a 4-year-old girl from Texas, was left in the care of her mother's boyfriend while her mother went out of town. Maleah's "step-father" Derion Vence claimed that he had been accosted by several Hispanic men, beaten and abducted with Maleah and his young son, Maleah's brother. Vence said that he'd lost consciousness and that when he came to, almost two days later, he was on the side of the road with his son but Maleah was no where in sight. He claimed that he walked to an area hospital for treatment for his injuries and to contact authorities.
That story NEVER seemed true. . . because it wasn't.
Authorities proved, overtime with evidence, that Vence, who had allegedly abused the Maleah in the past, had killed her and disposed of her little body on the side of an Arkansas road. The public thought that finding Maleah's body would be enough to put Vence away for life however, in the year and a half that has passed, there is still no justice.
Vence plead guilty Thursday to tampering with a corpse and injury to a child and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, Texas officials say.
According to Click2Houston Quanell X, an activist and leader of the New Black Panther Nation, said Vence confessed to him to hurting Maleah two years ago.
“Well, he got angry at Brittany (Maleah’s mother) and when the baby kept asking him about Brittany, he struck Maleah in the head,”
Quanell X said. “He punched Maleah in the head. When she fell, she began to convulse. I believe having a seizure, and she was bleeding from her ears and from her nose, and that is the point where he strangled the beautiful young baby, killed her and he took her and dumped her body.”
The Houston-area activist said he believes Vence should have been given the death penalty and had the case go to trial. Quanell X also said Maleah’s mother should have faced charges as well for being complicit.
“I believe that definitely Brittany should be charged. Brittany was totally complicit in the murder of her own child,” he said.
He alleges Brittany knew that Vence was abusing Maleah prior to her death but did nothing because she didn’t want Vence to go to jail.
The public has been highly critical of Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowden, because she knew Vence had abused her daughter in the past, even fracturing her skull, and STILL left her daughter in his care.
Ladies, no man is worth the loss of your child. We've got to protect our children at all costs.