The stepfather who claimed 4-year-old Maleah Davis was abducted over the weekend is now considered a person of interest in the case, according to police.

On May 3, Darion Vence reported he was driving Maleah and his 1-year-old son to the airport to pick up their mother when three men in a blue pickup truck took the girl.

Vence initially told police he was knocked out by one of the men and kept losing consciousness. When he finally woke up, Maleah and the family’s 2011 Nissan Altima were gone.

While Maleah has not been located, Sugar Land police officers feel Vence’s story contains enough inconsistencies to consider him a person of interest.

Vince reportedly first told investigators he walked to the hospital for treatment for his head injuries. However, when he told his story the second time, he allegedly told police he was dropped off at the hospital but did not say by whom.

Police are looking at surveillance camera footage in the area to help piece together the story.

Additionally, Child Protective Services removed Maleah and her two brothers from their family home in August 2018 after receiving reports of abuse.

The children were placed with a relative while the agency investigated allegations of physical abuse related to a head injury Maleah suffered that resulted in several surgeries.  

However, Brittany Bowens, Maleah’s mother, insists Maleah’s head injury was caused by a fall.