Maleah Davis' mother claims ex-fiance cleaned apartment with bleach on the day child went missing
The mother of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl has accused her ex-fiance -- who was last seen with her -- of being abusive and also of suspiciously cleaning the apartment with bleach on the day the child went missing.
Maleah Davis' mother Brittany Bowens through community activist Quanell X made an 'urgent statement' at a press conference on Friday in Houston as the search for Maleah continues.
The ex-fiance, Darion Vence, had earlier told the police that the child was abducted by three men who attacked him on May 3, on the side of the highway.
Quanell also revealed that Vence and Bowens had broken up before the child had gone missing after they got into a fight, according to Daily Mail. The couple had even broken their engagement.
Quanell said, "On the day that Brittany left to be with her sick father - her dying father - to be with family, there was a huge fight between her and him. She confronted him about being gay. He was hurt, he was angry, he was upset. She told him she was giving back his ring and that she was not going to marry him. I believe that caused him to snap in anger."
She didn't understand why he would be cleaning up the apartment, Quanell also added,
"There were times where (Vence) would say (Maleah) was at daycare, but he would bring her back, not drop her off at daycare, but bring her back home with him. There is reason to believe, based on what I know now, there are issues of him possibly molesting young Maleah."
He also explained that Brittany hadn't gone to the authorities about suspicions of abuse and that it was Darion who had told her that he was cleaning the apartment the day Maleah went missing.
He said, "She didn't understand why he would be cleaning up the apartment. But he went and bought an extra bottle of Clorox and came back."
A surveillance photo shows Darion leaving Brittany's apartment with a laundry basket in which there was a black garbage bag. This also raised suspicions about Brittany's ex-fiance.
Darion's account of events suggests that he had stopped by the side of the road to check if there was a flat tire, when three abductors pulled in on a pickup truck, attacked him and took the child away with his car. He reported the incident from a hospital where he was taking treatment after being attacked.
Doug Adolph, Sugar Land Police Department's representative said, "During our initial interview that he provided, his story changed several times, some of what he described didn't add up."
While he did have injuries and it looked like something had happened to him. A woman spotted his gray Nissan Altima at the parking lot and reported it to police.
Houston police Detective Kenneth Fregia said at a news conference said, "The car was found unlocked and didn't appear to be damaged, and that detectives would go over it 'with a fine-toothed comb."
Authorities also did not name Vence as a person of interest at the moment and are not concerned about his whereabouts.
Maleah's biological father, Craig Davis, has also been demanding to know the truth about his daughter's disappearance.
He said on Tuesday that he is "not putting the blame on anybody" and said, "I just need the questions that aren't answered to be answered. There are so many unanswered questions. It's not for the police to answer them for me. It's not for the news to answer them for me. It's for Darion to answer for me."