Heartbreaking images show that Maleah Davis is smiling as she recovers from brain surgery & # 39; as a result of abuse & # 39; just weeks before she went missing – while her stepfather is charged with tampering with a corpse
- The video shows nurses who take Maleah Davis to the hospital after an operation on her brain at the end of March
- The toddler breaks into a smile after being greeted by cheers from relatives
- Maleah had undergone multiple operations on her brain, allegedly due to physical abuse
- At the beginning of May, her stepfather, Darion Vence, reported that she was missing and said she had been abducted
- The police later arrested Vence on charges of tampering with evidence, especially a human corpse
A new video has appeared showing that four-year-old Maleah Davis is being driven out of an operating room after brain surgery a few weeks before her disappearance.
The short recording was sent to the station by Maleah & # 39; s mother, Brittany Bowens KTRK.
It shows the toddler lying in a hospital bed while being brought to her room by nurses at the end of March.
Maleah Davis, 4, is pictured at the end of March and is driven into a hospital room after surgery on her brain. Her mother shared the video with KTRK
Maleah has her head connected but is awake and alert. A large unicorn balloon is tied to the hand
She breaks into a smile after being welcomed by her family members gathered in the room
Maleah has her head connected but is awake and alert. She is holding a giant unicorn balloon in her hand.
She is greeted by a choir of ecstatic relatives, one of whom is a & # 39; beautiful girl & # 39; calls.
Maleah smiles when she receives an applause from her loved ones.
The toddler had undergone multiple operations on her brain that allegedly stemmed from physical abuse.
Weeks later, in early May, Bowens' former fiancée, Derion Vence, reported that Maleah was missing and said she was abducted after being pulled onto a Houston highway. The police later said the story was wrong.
After days of searching for the girl, the police arrested Vence on charges of manipulating evidence, in particular a human corpse.
Authorities didn't say he killed Maleah, but investigators found blood in Vence's apartment and search dogs discovered the smell of human decomposition in his car.
Maleah & # 39; s former stepfather, Derion Vence (left), has been accused of messing with a corpse after blood was found in the car he said was stolen with the child (right) in it
This photo shows the last time Maleah was seen alive, on April 30, when she and her stepfather, Vence, entered the family's apartment just before 8 am
At a press conference last week, the Houston police commander, Art Acevedo, said there were indications that Maleah was murdered and sought help from the public in finding her body.
He also said he believes Vence knows where the child is but has not told the police.
& # 39; Maleah deserves to be found, to be found and deserves a good funeral, and we need the help of the community. & # 39; said the head.
Vence is not accused of killing the toddler.
He claimed that the younger was abducted by three men who attacked him on the highway side on May 3.
It was reported that she had disappeared on May 4 near the Eastex Freeway and Greens Road in northeast Houston. Vence came to a hospital in Sugar Land to claim that they had been attacked.
The Houston police have raised the reward money to $ 10,000 for the girl to be found
The volunteers started working to find Davis in the area that Vence claimed to have been attacked.
The search moved to the southwest of the city when Vence said he woke up 24 hours after being attacked on the Southwest Freeway with his two-year-old son.
Their apartment was examined after 3 surveillance images showing that Vence appeared with a black garbage bag in a basket and what appeared to be a container of gas on the day of the alleged attack.
Researchers found blood in the hallway and bathroom of the house corresponding to DNA on the child's toothbrush. It is the last place where Davis was seen alive on April 30, but she was never seen after she left.
Texas EquuSearch suspended their yacht on May 8 due to flooding, but when they resumed May 9, the car was discovered in a mall on Highway 6 in Missouri City. Dogs detected an odor of human decomposition in the vehicle.
MALEAH DAVIS MISSING TIME LINE
30th of April
Maleah Davis, 4, goes home with stepfather, Derion Vence, 26
3rd of May
Vence picks up the mother of the girl Brittany Bowens from the airport
He is seen leaving his house with his two-year-old son, but not Davis
Vence is seen with a black garbage bag in a basket
It is on this day that Vence claims that he, Davis, was attacked by a & # 39; Hispanic & # 39; group when he heard a noise and headed for Eastex Freeway and Greens Road in northeast Houston.
Bowens contacts another family member to pick her up when Vence doesn't show. She doesn't contact the police
Vence came to a hospital in Sugar Land that claimed they had been attacked and woke up 24 hours after he was abducted to learn that Davis was gone
Texas EquuSearch hunts near the Southwest Freeway, where Vence claimed he was awake
Researchers find blood that matches DNA on the child's toothbrush in the hallway and bathroom of the parental home
Texas EquuSearch suspends their hunt due to flooding
The 9th of May
The search is resumed and the car that Vence says Davis has been abducted is discovered in a mall on Highway 6 in Missouri City after dogs detect an odor of human dissolution
Derion Vence is being taken into custody. Bowens & # 39; claim claims that Vence goes to Davis & # 39; is nodded because he was angry after she broke off their engagement and said she thinks he's gay
The Vence tire is being reduced from $ 1 million to $ 45,000 due to tampering with a body
Texas EquuSearch hunts the Rosharon area along the postman's route, where Bowens claimed Vence had said it was good to hide a corpse
They look around a haunted house in the 12800 block of Valley Vista Drive
On a day two looking for the area, Texas EquuSearch says they might pause the hunt if the team is emotionally empty
The search for the little girl has been suspended
The reward money for leading to information about the whereabouts of Maleah & # 39; s body has been raised to $ 10,000
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