The mom of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl “knows what happened to her daughter” — but hasn’t been truthful, the woman’s former spokesman has claimed, according to new reports.
Community activist Quanell X — once a vocal defender of Maleah Davis’ mom, Brittany Bowens — abruptly stopped representing her when he claimed he suddenly realized that she knows more than she lets on, local station KHOU 11 reported.
“I don’t think she knows where Maleah is, but I do believe she knows what happened,” he told the station.
Bowens allegedly told Quanell X she’d spoken with Derion Vence, Maleah’s stepfather, who is a suspect in the child’s disappearance, according to the report. During the conversation, she allegedly provided information so sensitive that the activist only shared it with prosecutors, he said.
“[She] said to me when we [were] riding in my car what she believed really happened to Maleah,” he claimed. “At that point, I knew what needed to be done. So I arranged to meet as quickly as I could with investigators at the highest level of this case and shared everything that we had learned and discovered.”
Two days into his job representing Bowens, he saw red flags — and relatives shared troubling details about Maleah’s care, the activist told the outlet.
“Ain’t no way in hell a parent with common sense would have handled this entire situation the way Brittany handled this entire situation,” he added.
Bowens often tears up in public appearances about her daughter’s case, but in private, “she was always calm, fluid and clear,” Quanell X claimed to the station.
Meanwhile, Vence’s mother testified during a Child Protective Services hearing Wednesday that she’s intentionally avoided asking her son about Maleah’s whereabouts, ABC 13 reported.
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She said she’d only spoken to Vence twice by phone since he was arrested May 11 on charges of tampering with a human corpse — after police said they found Maleah’s blood in his apartment.
During those calls, she never asked where the little girl was, she testified, according to the station.
She claimed her son’s defense attorney advised her not to bring it up — but that attorney, Tom Burton, told the outlet that is inaccurate.
Burton also requested that the judge remove him from the case Wednesday because the family has yet to pay him, according to the report.
Vence initially had claimed that he, Maleah and his 1-year-old son were all abducted by three Hispanic men during a violent carjacking in Houston on May 3.
Vence told cops he kept drifting in and out of consciousness during the dramatic ordeal — and when he finally came to his senses around 6 p.m. the next day, he found himself on the side of a highway with his toddler son.
But Maleah — who had brain surgery just last month — was nowhere to be found.
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