By: Paige Hubbard
The Harris County District Attorney’s office just announced that Derion Vence has been charged with Injury to a child causing serious bodily injury in connection to the death of 4-year-old Maleah Davis.
This means that Vence now faces an additional charge on top of the tampering with evidence charge that was placed against him previously.
The new charge was filed Monday morning. Vence is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, August 7th.
Vence has been sitting in jail since May 11, just days after he reported Maleah missing. It wasn’t until almost a month later when he confessed to community activist Quannel X that he had driven Maleah’s remains to Arkansas and dropped her body off on the side of the road.
Shortly after Maleah’s remains were flown back to Houston. The Harris County forensics office said that little Maleah died by homicidal violence.
If convicted, Vence can face up to life in prison.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office released the following statement:
Derion Vence was charged Monday with a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison, in the death of four-year-old Maleah Davis, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Monday.
The charge of intentionally causing serious bodily injury to a child comes after Vence, 27, was previously charged with the crime of tampering with a corpse.
Maleah’s remains were recovered in Arkansas and brought back to Houston, where the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences completed an autopsy, recently finalized and forwarded to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
After a review of all of the evidence, including the autopsy results, prosecutors determined there was sufficient evidence to charge Vence with intentionally and knowingly causing seriously bodily injury to a child younger than 15 years of age.
The case was investigated by Houston Police.
The first-degree felony filed Monday carries a penalty of five to 99 years or life in prison.
Vence has previously been charged in connection with Maleah’s death with tampering with a corpse, a second-degree felony that carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison. That charge remains in place.