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Sad News: Remains Found in Arkansas Identified as 4-Year-Old Maleah Davis

By Tamantha Staff Writer

Our worst fears have been confirmed. The remains found in a black bag in Arkansas, have been identified as that of 4-year-old Maleah Davis.

Via CBS News:

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said it had positively identified the remains found in a garbage bag near a freeway outside the town of Hope, Arkansas, which is located about 30 miles northeast of the Texas-Arkansas border.

Derion Vence, the man who had been arrested in connection with Maleah’s disappearance, told a community activist he had disposed of her body there. The institute of forensic sciences said the cause and manner of her death are not yet determined.

Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah’s mother, remains jailed on a charge of tampering with evidence, specifically a human corpse. He’s being held on a $45,000 bond.

In a statement, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said on Monday that “additional charges would be filed as the evidence supports doing so.” The district attorney’s office also said, “We remain focused on finding the truth and delivering justice for Maleah”

Authorities were directed to Arkansas after Quanell X, a local civil rights activist, visited Vence in jail in Houston on Friday. Quanell X said that Vence told him he dumped her body near Hope.

Quanell X declined to comment on what Vence told him regarding how Maleah died but that Vence insisted what happened to her was “an accident.” Dorian Cotlar, Vence’s attorney, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Monday.

This is just heartbreaking. Derion should never see the light of day again and her mother should go to jail as well too. How could you leave your child with a man who you say previously abused her? She didn’t deserve to die. RIP MALEAH DAVIS.

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