The last known photographs of Maleah Davis, the missing four-year-old from Houston, Texas, show her entering her stepfather’s home five days before he reported her missing, it has emerged, as he prepares to face murder charges for her death.
Maleah, four, was seen on surveillance cameras walking behind Derion Vence into their family apartment on April 30.
She was never seen again. On May 3, Vence emerged carrying a laundry basket with a large black trash bag inside.
On the same day, he claimed they were kidnapped in their car along with his one-year-old son, a farfetched story that has been picked apart by police.
Vence, 26, is in custody on charges of tampering with a corpse but Maleah’s body has not been found and he is yet to be charged with her murder.
He is due back in court on Monday.
Maleah’s mother has meanwhile claimed that Vence, 26, ‘snapped’ and attacked Maleah in a rage after she broke off their engagement and accused him of being gay.
‘When that happened, I believe that he psychologically snapped – already on top of being abusive to Maleah.
‘He did this to hurt the mother in a way that she would never recover,’ her civil rights activist representative, Quanell X, told CBS last week.
She left him in his care to go to Connecticut to visit a family member before she vanished despite claiming that he had been abusive towards her daughter.
X, who is the leader of the New Black Panther Nation in Houston, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries on Monday morning.
Vence was arrested after claiming to police that Maleah was snatched by Hispanic assailants who took his car on May 4.
His story included that he was also kidnapped by them for 24 hours and then freed along with his toddler son.
Police poured scorn on it almost immediately and said it did not add up.
While the car he said was stolen has been found, there is no sign of Maleah and the hunt for her continues.
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Source: Daily Mail