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AMBER Alert for Missing 4-Year-Old Girl After Father Said She Was Kidnapped by Three Men


Police in Houston, Texas are on the lookout for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Her stepfather said that he, she, and her two-year-old brother were kidnapped Friday night, according to cops.

Sgt. Mark Holbrook detailed the allegations in a press conference Sunday. The stepfather claimed to have been driving his kids in their mother’s car to pick her up from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Holbrook said. He heard a popping noise like a flat tire, and stopped. A blue pickup truck pulled up. Two Hispanic males stepped out. One of them said something to the effect of Maleah looking very “nice,” and “sweet.” The other man hit the stepfather in the head, according to this story.

The stepfather, identified as Darion Vence, said he was knocked out, and went in and out of consciousness. He was aware of him, his son, and Maleah being in the back of the truck. There were three Hispanic males in the vehicle, he said according to Holbrook.

Vence allegedly said that he didn’t know where he was until coming to at about 6 p.m. on Saturday. He woke up with his two-year-old son on Highway 6,  and had to walk to the hospital because no one helped them, he said in this account.

A reporter asked if this story was made up.

“I don’t know,” said Holbrook. He was asked if there’s corroboration that Vence was wondering with a toddler. For example, was there any footage?

“No,” said the sergeant.

In any case, police say there’s a young girl out there, they don’t know where she is, and they don’t know if she’s alive. Holbrook also noted that Davis had had surgery around the end of March, early April to deal with head trauma.

The National Center for Missing Exploited Children described Maleah as African-American with black hair, and brown eyes. She stands about 3′, and weighs 30 to 40 pounds.

“She is approximately 3-feet tall and weighs 30-40 pounds,” said the organization. “She was last seen Saturday night around 8PM wearing a light blue Under Armor jacket, blue jeans, and gray Under Armor tennis shoes with pink and white details.” Police described her as wearing a pink bow in her hair, and she was wearing a light blue zip jacket with blue jeans. Her sneakers were gray, white, and pink.

The mother’s vehicle–which Vence had been driving–is missing, said police. Holbrook said it was seen in Sugarland, Texas at about 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Officers also released a picture showing a truck resembling the suspect vehicle in Vence’s story. Cops said the vehicle was “a 2010 blue Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck.” Note that they emphasized that this isn’t the truck, just a likeness:

Note: Police initially said that Maleah Davis was 5, but later said she was 4. This article has been updated accordingly.

[Images via Houston Police Department]

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