'Stepfather' who reported Texas girl missing has been arrested in her disappearance
by ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON (AP) — The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been
abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston Saturday and
police say they have found blood in his apartment linked to the girl.
Vence was arrested without incident at his brother's home in Sugar
Land, Texas, about 22 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of Houston, a
statement from Houston police said. He was charged with tampering with
Vence told police last Saturday that men in a pickup
truck abducted him, 4-year-old Maleah Davis and his 2-year-old son
before freeing him and the boy. But Sugar Land police, who initially
interviewed him, said his story kept changing and didn't add up.
police said Saturday that some details of his story turned out to be
false. Vence reported his silver Nissan Altima was taken in the
abduction but surveillance video showed that vehicle was used to drop
Vence off later at a hospital, where he reported the abduction, police
"Blood evidence obtained from Vence's apartment has been linked to Maleah," the Houston police statement said.
also was observed carrying a full laundry basket from the apartment,
police said. That basket was later found in the trunk of the Nissan
along with a gas can.
Maleah's mother Brittany Bowens, said Vence
is her former fiance. Bowens appeared outside her apartment Friday as
Quanell X, a local civil rights activist, addressed reporters on her
Quanell X said that Vence had abused Maleah and that Bowens believes Vence harmed the girl.
Vence and Bowens were recently in a fight and she broke off their engagement, Quanell X said.
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