The stepfather of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis has been arrested for evidence tampering.
According to KTRK, Derion Vence was taken into custody Saturday, a week after first reporting Maleah’s disappearance. He was the last one to see her. His bond was set at $1 million but according to court documents, it has been lowered to $45,000.
Legal analyst Gerald Treece told KHOU that bond amounts “should be determined based on how likely someone is to show up for court, not be punitive or about how serious the crime is.” He also added that the $1 million bond for Vence was “unusually high” and its more than likely the defense attorney for Vence argued for it to be lowered.
Vence is due back in court in July.
Police say they observed drops of blood in the hallway leading to the bathroom of Vence’s apartment and on various surfaces of the bathroom.
Officials say they then used a chemical agent that was sprayed and reacted to blood in the hallway and bathroom of the apartment. They say the chemical reacted to the presence of blood that could not be seen by the eye.
According to police, canine officers who are trained to sniff the scent of a cadaver were brought to the suspect’s vehicle and other vehicles in the parking lot. Both dogs reacted to the suspect’s trunk, indicating that they sensed human decomposition in the vehicle.
Surveillance footage captured on April 30 show Maleah outside of the apartment with Vence. It is the last known photo of Maleah before her disappearance.
Per multiple reports, Vence became a person of interest in the case after authorities determined that his story about Maleah being kidnapped by three Hispanic men on the road, didn’t add up.
Brittany Bowens, the child’s mother told ABC 13 that she feels “lost” without her daughter. “I can’t concentrate, I can’t focus. It’s so overwhelming for me. It doesn’t seem real,” she said, tearfully.
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