Missing girl's mother says her ex-fiance may have harmed her

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, May 10 2019 May 10, 2019 May 10, 2019 5:23 PM May 10, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - The mother of a missing Texas girl says through a spokesman that she believes the man who reported the 4-year-old was abducted harmed the girl.

Authorities have been searching for Maleah Davis since Saturday, when Darion Vence told police she was taken by men in a pickup truck after he pulled over on a highway.

Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, stood outside her apartment and sobbed Friday as Quanell X, a local civil rights activist, addressed reporters on her behalf.

Quanell X made wide-ranging allegations against Vence. He said Bowens acknowledges she should have brought the information to police earlier and now intends to.

Quanell X said Vence and Bowens were recently in a fight and that the she had broken off their engagement. Authorities have previously described Vence as Maleah's stepfather.

Houston police declined to comment.

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