There’s A Devil Loose: Houston Man Charged in Murder of 4-year-old Maleah Davis Faces Second Charge

Derion Vence. (Houston Police Department/TNS)
Photo: Houston Police Department, HO / TNS

The former fiance of Maleah Davis’ mother was charged Monday with causing injuries to the 4-year-old Houston girl whose disappearance and gruesome death garnered nationwide attention.

The charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily harm comes more than three months after Maleah was reported missing and after prosecutors received the results of her autopsy from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. The medical examiner’s office declined to release the results of the autopsy because the investigation into her death is ongoing.

According to court documents, Derion Vence could have harmed little Maleah in a variety of ways. Prosecutors said in a probable cause document that Vence could have hit the child “with his hand” or a blunt object while the 27-year-old was tasked with caring for the girl. Maleah’s mother was away in Massachusetts.

Maleah could have also fallen to the floor at their Alief-area apartment and hit another unspecified blunt object.

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SOURCE: The Houston Chronicle, Nicole Hensley