Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Missing Four Year Old Maleah Davis

A 4 year old child was reported kidnaped by her step father, Darion Venice.  

There are few quotes from which analysis may reveal a conclusion but we may note;

His claim of three suspects--- it is possible that 3 suspects were involved, but we note that if someone is going to fabricate reality and must choose a number, 2 often seems too low, but 4 seems excessive. Many land on "3" for this reason.

Next we note that the race is mentioned.  It is possible that 3 Hispanics kidnapped the child.

Yet, with the flagging of the number 3, we may consider that those who fabricate reality may use a race other than their own, in order to move attention away from self. 

Here is one statement:

“Two Hispanic males get out, one of them makes a comment, saying Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet. The other male hits Derion in the head. Derion loses consciousness. Derion is able to wake up during a period of time and is in the back of their truck, in the back of that blue truck, and he says at that point he is in there with Maleah and his own son.”

Here is is again

“Two Hispanic males get out, one of them makes a comment, 

Note he does not speak in the past tense. 

saying Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet. 

This is very concerning. 

It could be because 3 Hispanic males kidnapped her for the purpose of abuse/trafficking, but if not, 

the victim may have been sexually molested by the subject. 

Notice the story continues in the present tense, reducing linguistic commitment to what happened: 

The other male hits Derion in the head. Derion loses consciousness. Derion is able to wake up during a period of time 

the repetition of the name "Derion" is unnecessary and it is unnatural. 

This is often found in "staying to script"; that is what police commonly call "story telling."

It is to indicate the subject is working from memory of his own words, rather than speaking from experiential memory of what happened. 

Please also note that he credits the child with being 
"able" to wake up, rather than the child woke up. 

This is an incongruence in language. 

Note the element of time in his statement with "a period of time" as not committal. 

This theme continues below with "at that point" while repeating unnecessary information ("back of...")

and is in the back of their truck, in the back of that blue truck, and he says at that point he is in there with Maleah and his own son.”

Analysis Conclusion

There are enough indicators of deception to be concerned for the life of this child. 

Although more sample is needed for analysis, the subject brings suspicion to his own words. 

There is enough in his words to be concerned that the child may have been sexually abused, killed, or sold into sex trade trafficking of pedophiles.  


Anonymous said...

We have been told by CPS that this child, along with 2 siblings, was removed from the home from August 2018 until February of this year, due to a head injury severe enough to require surgery. It casts further doubt on the step-dad's story. The mother disputes CPS and says Maleah fell. Mom is covering for him. He says he was unconscious for 24 hours? Give me a break. Hope they find the child and charge them both. The cops know it's all a sham. They just don't want the parents to lawyer up.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Anonymous said...
We have been told by CPS that this child, along with 2 siblings, was removed from the home from August 2018 until February of this year, due to a head injury severe enough to require surgery. It casts further doubt on the step-dad's story. The mother disputes CPS and says Maleah fell. Mom is covering for him. He says he was unconscious for 24 hours? Give me a break. Hope they find the child and charge them both. The cops know it's all a sham. They just don't want the parents to lawyer up.


The hx of CPS does not speak to the dad's story.

The mother's claim of falling does not cover for him here.

In Statement Analysis, we stay within the language, rather than the story.

Another example-- to see "3 hispanics" and conclude deception due to this number is all but to guarantee failure in future analysis.

We must be disciplined and within boundary of principle.


John Mc Gowan said...
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John Mc Gowan said...

Nick Valencia on Twitter
BREAKING- “I’m getting to a place where it’s getting hard for me to cry and I feel guilty about that. It’s getting to a place where I’m starting to feel numb.” -Brittany Bowens, mother of #MaleahDavis tells me.
12:03 PM - 7 May 2019 from Houston, TX

Nick Valencia
BREAKING- “He’s not with me, he was with his brother.” Maleah’s mother says of the step-father. “His story, it don’t sound right...Honestly, I haven’t really talked to him much because I’ve been focused on finding Maleah. I called his family...and he’s devastated.” #MaleahDavis

Follow Follow @CNNValencia
BREAKING- “His story doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t. But in my gut, I believe him.” Brittany Bowens, mother of missing 4-year-old #MaleahDavis tells me when asked if she believes her fiancé’s story. In a wide ranging phone interview she also denies any abuse at the home.


John Mc Gowan said...

Ivory Hecker FOX 26‏Verified account @IvoryHecker

Ivory Hecker FOX 26 Retweeted Houston Police

Amber Alert Update: Houston police tell me Darion Vence is a person of interest in his stepdaughter Maleah’s disappearance. Sugar Land police tell me he changed his story, first saying he walked to the hospital, then saying someone dropped him off.

10:44 AM - 7 May 2019 from Houston, TX pst
Houston Police Department
tell Fox 26 Darion Vence is now a person of interest in the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Maleah Davis. Sugar Land PD say he gave conflicting stories. #MaleahDavis

New England Water Blog said...


“It’s like your worst nightmare coming true. I’m like, ‘He’s gone,'” Pamer told CBS affiliate WOIO.

Anonymous said...

Peter, Here is a 911 call from the husband in an unsolved murder.


This would be great for your analysis.

Tania Cadogan said...

As desperate searchers combed the landscape Tuesday in a wooded area of a Northeast Houston neighborhood where a man told investigators his 4-year-old stepdaughter was abducted last Friday by three men in a pickup truck, police revealed he's now a "person of interest" in her disappearance.

The Houston Police Department told Fox 26 that Darion Vence is now a "person of interest," after claiming that Maleah Davis was kidnapped by the men after he was beaten unconscious but, eventually, he and his 2-year-old son were allowed to go free.

Initially, police said he told detectives that he walked to the hospital after being in and out of consciousness for almost 24 hours before reporting her missing. But then, officials from the Sugar Land Police Department -- which is helping Houston police with the investigation -- told Fox 26 Tuesday afternoon that Vence said he was dropped off, making his story inconsistent.

The Houston Police Department said officials issued an Amber Alert on Sunday morning for Davis after Vence reported his stepdaughter missing on Saturday night, telling investigators three men abducted him and the two children Friday evening.

Investigators initially said they were not considering Vence a suspect, even releasing a photo of him on Twitter that showed an injury to his forehead.

"I realize there's a lot of blanks in that story, but we're hoping the public can fill in the blanks," Sgt. Mark Holbrook said at a news conference on Sunday.

Volunteers from Texas EquuSearch searched the woods and grass near U.S. 59 and Greens Road on Monday for any evidence that could point to Davis' location.
"We want to start checking every single dumpster just in case," Texas EquuSearch's Tim Miller told KTRK-TV. "We believe in miracles. Let's hope we get one."

Police said the 4-year-old girl has undergone brain surgeries that "needed a lot of care" and was sick this week.

Child Protective Services officials told KTRK-TV that Maleah was returned to her home in February -- about six months after she was removed last August from her home, when the agency investigated allegations of physical abuse related to a head injury she sustained. Brittany Bowens, Davis' mother, told the television station the injury was determined to have been caused by a fall, and that she is currently terrified for her daughter.

Bowens spoke out on Monday to reporters, making a plea that she just wanted to "find my baby."

“Maleah is a sweet girl. She loves to dance. She’s always happy," she said Monday. "She’s very helpful…she has a beautiful spirit.”

Holbrook said the vehicle Vence was driving, a 2011 Nissan Altima, also was missing. He said a traffic camera showed it driving through an intersection in Sugar Land around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Maleah is described by police as having black hair and brown eyes, according to Fox 26. She is approximately 3-feet tall and weighs 30-40 pounds, and was last seen wearing a light blue Under Armor jacket, blue jeans and a gray Under Armor tennis shoes with pink and white details.

Detectives were asking anyone who saw Darion or Maleah between 9 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday to contact HPD Homicide or Crime Stoppers.


Hey Jude said...

Interviews - Malesah’s mother, who says she’s too overwhelmed to continue, and a nine minute interview with the grandmother. The videos are those towards the foot of the page. In the grandmother’s interview there’s a reference to Maleah’s mother “washing clothes” at the grandmother’s house.


Jean Paul said...

Jude, The mother also says "She has a beautiful SPIRIT".

Not looking good. Looks like Mommy (the one who gave her daughter brain damage by hitting her over the head) had some thugs hit the Daddy and Maleah over the head also.

The father's story seems a bit complex to have been fabricated including waking up in different places.

Also, and this is a serious question: I have noticed that MOST girls who are abused and killed have a variation of the name Ayla Aylihah Kayla....there has been at least 10 on this board, now we have a Maleah which is pronounced like "Maliyah". How is this possible? I think it is more like 15-20 variations of this name I have heard in missing children cases. Can someone please explain this???

Jean Paul said...

Peter made a mistake. Noone has hijacked the site. He just didn't realize it wasn't the stepfather talking. I have a feeling he wrote it in haste. Perhaps just very eager to help with the case.

His analysis is still useful.

Hey Jude said...

The analysis shows that the police officer, in recounting what the step-father said, lacks confidence in the step-father’s statement? He doesn’t sound convinced, because he’s not.

Derion is the step-father though, he is not the younger child.


(Maleah may have been missing days earlier than reported. Family members went to get the two older children, to look after them while mother was away. Derion told them Maleah had flu, and did not let them see her, so they just took the older boy.)

Anonymous said...

Where does it show that, Hey Jude?

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Mom: Guilt can be Failure to Protect in a variety of ways.


Hey Jude said...

All of it shows that, except the part about Derion waking up, because that is a mistake. You can get the general gist of what the step-father said through the police officer’s words - enough that it raises concern that Maleah may have been sexually abused and killed. That’s how I read it anyway. That’s not the step-father speaking, I think it is a police officer, though it could be a journalist or relative - it sounds more like police language with use of the word ‘male’.

John Mc Gowan said...


Maleah Davis, 4, had been removed from her Texas home after physical abuse allegations.
In a news conference Sunday, Houston police Sgt. Mark Holbrook said Maleah had had multiple brain surgeries, including one in recent months.
The surgeries were intended to help an injury heal, he said.
"She's needed a lot of care," the police sergeant said. "This week she was sick too."
During the CNN interview, Bowers disputed allegations that her daughter was physically abused.
Bowers said she took her daughter to West Houston Medical Center last July because she was lethargic, but nurses didn't examine her head.
Weeks later, on July 28, Maleah fell while she was sitting at the table eating by herself, Bowers said.

"When she falls, she came around that couch, she had a deep gash in her head and it freaked me out," said Bowers, who again rushed her daughter to West Houston. Doctors discharged Maleah without performing a CT scan, Bowers said.

Five days later, in early August, Maleah suffered a seizure, Bowers said, sobbing.
"They did a CT scan and that's when they told me there was bleeding on the left-hand side of her brain," she said. "At that point it was a life or death situation."
Doctors operated on Maleah, she said. A few day later, officials with Child Protective Services arrived at her home, Bowers said.

"They didn't find anything because we're not those kinds of people," she said.


I posted these under an other article few days ago.

Mother of 4-year-old child who is the subject of an Amber Alert speaks to KHOU 11 about the disappearance of Maleah Davis.

"Maleah is a sweet girl, she loves to dance, she's always happy, she's very helpful, she's full of life, she has a beautiful spirit..."

She's very reluctant to do an appeal. She does not want to answer questions. There is no plea to her "kidnappers". Again she shows no concern for her welfare. WHY!


This interview is more than likely edited and contaminated.

This answer, however, i didn't not expect.

The intense search now in its fourth day. We're now hearing from the little girl's mother, who said she just wants her home.

"It's like a nightmare. It just keeps going and going," said Brittany Bowens, Maleah's mother. She said she is distraught over her daughter's disappearance.

"What would you say to your daughter right now?" CBS News' Janet Shamlian asked.

"That mommy loves you," Bowens said, crying. "And I'm sorry this had to happen to you."


Michele said...


Some of Mom's statements.

"When she falls, she came around that couch, she had a deep gash in her head and it freaked me out," said Bowers, who again rushed her daughter to West Houston. Doctors discharged Maleah without performing a CT scan, Bowers said.
Five days later, in early August, Maleah suffered a seizure, Bowers said, sobbing.
"They did a CT scan and that's when they told me there was bleeding on the left-hand side of her brain," she said. "At that point it was a life or death situation."
Doctors operated on Maleah, she said. A few day later, officials with Child Protective Services arrived at her home, Bowers said.
"They didn't find anything because we're not those kinds of people," she said.


John Mc Gowan said...

"[My] spirit is so broken, [I] feel so lost. [I] can't concentrate, [I] can't focus. It's so overwhelming for [me]. It doesn't seem real,"

Me myself and i. What about what her daughter is going through?


Statement Analysis Blog said...

Thanks, Michelle. I will re post:

"When she falls, she came around that couch, she had a deep gash in her head and it freaked me out," said Bowers, who again rushed her daughter to West Houston. Doctors discharged Maleah without performing a CT scan, Bowers said.

"...it freaked ME out" is not how it impacted the victim.

Five days later, in early August, Maleah suffered a seizure, Bowers said, sobbing.

"They did a CT scan and that's when they told me there was bleeding on the left-hand side of her brain," she said. "At that point it was a life or death situation."

passive psychological distancing

Doctors operated on Maleah, she said. A few day later, officials with Child Protective Services arrived at her home, Bowers said.
"They didn't find anything because we're not those kinds of people," she said.

Gnostic like distancing....

guilt of abuse.

Maria said...

In regarding to the Heidi Firkus case. At first I thought the boyfriend sounded genuine and upset, but after having re-read the 911-call a few times I'm almost sure he did it.

When asked what his emergency is his priority is to explain that 1) someone broke into their house 2) He has been shoot, 3) His wife has been shot

When the RC asks what the problem is he states that 1) someone broke into their house and 2 )He has been shot

Clearly it is very important to him that we know that someone broke into the house. And that he is hurt. But what about his wife?

When the RC asks: where is the guy that shot you?, he does not answer.

Later the RC asks again: You're sure the suspect is gone? He does not answer that either.

He answers every other question, but not the ones about who did it.

When the RC asks if he is the only one that is injured he does not explain where his wife is injured and he does not express concern for her or asks for help for her. Instead he is capable of saying this: No, my wife.. I think she's dead.

He shot his girlfriend. But he is crying - why is he crying?

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Hoping to post analysis on case. Thank you

Anette said...

I hate the word stepfather/mother. You are either a father or you are just some random man who your mother is living with.

Maria said...

Anette, I don't like the word sppfather/stepmother either. But that dosen't mean that a new boyfriend/girlfriend can't play an in important role in the kid's life, I don't think you should underestimate that. I don't think you can call that person "random". Only if there is a new boyfriend/girlfriend each month.

Anonymous said...

OT: Heidi Firkus

I just read the Twin Cities article about this case.

In the 911 call, Nicholas doesn’t give much information (it’s almost all “no, no, no”) but the thing he keeps coming back to is “someone/somebody broke in(to) my/the/our house”. This indicates that his main priority is for the listener to believe there was an intruder. But there may be another (subconscious) reason why he repeatedly says these words. Heidi and Nicholas were to be evicted from their home the day after the murder because of foreclosure. The couple’s financial situation + house + imminent eviction seem important in this case. Heidi’s parents and closest friends only found out about the foreclosure after her death and her parents doubt Heidi knew about it herself.

Nicholas’ first sentence in his 911 call is:

"Please, please, someone just broke in our house and shot me and my wife."

Could this hint at a motive? Nicholas - who managed the couple's finances - was "broke" and they were going to lose "our house". Is that why he shot "me and my wife" (if he did)? Did he not want his wife to find out that he had mismanaged their finances? Did she have a life insurance? Strictly speaking the words “our house” are superfluous (where else would the intruder break in?). That makes them important i.m.o.

When the operator asks "you're not armed right?" Nicholas answers:

"My gun...because I heard 'em break into the house...I woke up my wife so she'd run, so she could run to the garage..."

Why didn’t he simple say “no”? He certainly didn’t have a problem saying “no” in response to other questions. The fact that he doesn’t deny it but instead starts his answer with “my gun” i.m.o. is an indication that he was armed. He gives a reason why: “because I heard ‘em break into the house”. Or was it because the authorities were going to “break into” the house the next day (foreclosure) . And why does he say “’em”? Were there multiple intruders? I thought he said there was one? Which is it? He twice refers to his wife and “run”. Why? Was she running from him? He woke her up so she could run to the garage. Why did she have to run to the garage? Was it to call 911? If so, why didn’t he say so? Or was it because the garage was a safe space? But how did he know it was safe? He heard someone break in, how could he be sure no intruder(s) was/were in the garage? Sending her to the garage could have been risky (and turned out to be so).

In June 2009 (around 10 months before the murder) the couple's home insurance was cancelled because of foreclosure. According to his insurance agent, Nicholas said “a teller or somebody had been stealing his paychecks and he was working to resolve that issue with the bank”. The insurance agent didn't think this was a credible story. I wonder: was it Nicholas who had been "stealing paychecks" from the couple's account?


Statement Analysis Blog said...

Autumn, I hope to get analysis up. Thank you, Peter

Anonymous said...


CQuinn said...

Re: Heidi Firkus case - that was a very interesting transcript.
The husband repeatedly conceals the identity of the intruder ("Someone", never "A man broke in..." or "A woman broke in"). He never gives any identifying/helpful information about the shooter - no gender, no race, no clothing description ("maybe a sweatshirt?" Then later: "I don't know").
He never asks for help for his wife. He repeats a few times that she is dead, and never asks them to hurry to help revive/save her. I'm convinced he's deceptive in this call.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to it Peter (if you get round to it). I later read that it was Nicholas who shot Heidi and himself with his own gun, supposedly in a struggle with the intruder. That was why he said "my gun" of course. So why did he lie about this in the first sentence of the 911 call ("someone broke in our house and shot me and my wife")? And what are the odds that in a struggle - during which I suppose he tried to aim his gun at the intruder - he would shoot both Heidi and himself but not the intruder?

CQuinn, yes, strange that he doesn't (want to?) give identifying information about the attacker. One of several parallels with the Routier case.


Unknown said...

And AJ Freund (boy) pronounced Ayjay - also similar.

Brigid said...


Video of the dad taking garbage bag in laundry out. Was sending penis pics to men. Would pick up Maleah from school to be alone with her. Bathe her and was molesting her. As well as beating her. Says the mother and Quanell X. They gave a presser. Didn’t give this this info to the police first. The mother is trash.

Anonymous said...

Unknown, yes that is similar!

There are so many names like Aliyah, Ayla, etc "Ayjay"

Also common are variants of the name "Aylah" or similar with a "C" or "K" at the beginning ie. "Caylee"

I have noticed at least 20 examples of that...there is no question that having a name like that increases one's chance of being a victim of a parental homicide by enormous percentages since almost every murdered or missing child has a variant of that name.

What could possibly explain that??

Anonymous said...

Even in the Chris WAtts case "Bella" has the "la" sound that seems to be the unifying factor in the names--it is either "al" or "la" or an "l" and an "a" separated by a another letter.

Malliyeah has the "al" combo but also the "y" that is so very common in these names.

Commonalities are the "al" or "la" or "ayl" or "ay" combo or an ""a and a 'y" separated by other letters.

It's like when I hear a child a name like that is missing, I can tell they must be dead just based on the name. I find troubling and exasperating because I can't figure out why that would be a dynamic.

Anonymous said...

In the Celis case, there was "Isabel".

so we have "Bella" and Isabel"

Both have "Bel" and "Bella" also has "la"

I think a name having the sound "bel" in it is also not a good sign.

Hey Jude said...

Transcript - ABC Interview of Maleah’s mother

Interviewer: How are you coping with all this, and how are feeling right now?

BB: Through prayer. By the grace of God because it’s - it’s hard, you know. I’m just thankful that I have my friends behind me supporting me, because if I didn’t have anybody I don’t - I don’t know how well I would be coping.

Interviewer: When you look at this picture of your little girl and you think there’s no answer, she’s still missing, what goes through your mind?

BB: Where is she? How did she feel before? What was she thinking about - will I ever find out what happened, like what really happened?
Interviewer: do you think Maleah is still alive?

BB: As a mother, I want to hope that she is.

Interviewer: what do you think happened to your daughter?

BB: I don’t know. I don’t know what happened to her. I can come up with a million and one reasons but I don’t know what happened to her.

Interviewer: We know the latest developments, Mr Vence is charged and he’s now in jail, and we know his story from the beginning and fast-forwarding until now with these charges - what do you have to say to him?

BB: I don’t have nothing to say to him. Nothing at all. Nothing.

Interviewer: Have you had a chance to talk with him, with, you know, all the latest twists and turns and developments in the case?

BB: No.

interviewer: And you were away for a funeral. How did you find out about the disappearance of Maleah? Were you still en route home, were you still away?

BB: I came home on the third. He was supposed to pick me up. I waited for him for two hours, and so I had my mother come pick me up, and I just assumed that maybe he was just driving around, or what - maybe he was having car issues, I know it was raining that night. I didn’t realise that they were missing until a few hours shortly.

Interviewer: At that point what’s going through your mind? You can’t reach him, you don’t know where your daughter is -what were you thinking?

BB: I was terrified. I didn’t know what to think. I, I - I, I was trying not to think the worst, you know. Maybe it was car issues, I don’t know.

Interviewer: And then that moment when you finally reach him, and you learn that Maleah is missing. Did you believe his story that he told you, at first?

BB: I wanted to believe it. I really really wanted to believe that story.

Interviewer: What kept you from believing it?

BB: The thought of him actually doing something to her. Or something worse - something gruesome- I

Hey Jude said...

QX: She grew suspicious very quickly upon returning to Houston from Massachusetts because he ceased to communicate with her. He wouldn’t talk to her, he wouldn’t return phone calls, he wouldn’t respond to text messages, he would refuse to meet with her, and he would do everything he could to avoid and stay away from her, and then that’s when she grew strongly suspicious and felt that his story obviously must have been a lie, and there was more to it.

Interviewer: Got you. Now did you have any suspicions that Maleah had been abused before she disappeared?

BB: No.

Interviewer: So this is someone you trusted.

BB: Exactly. This is someone I trusted, and I loved. And if something was going on, it was behind closed doors.

Interviewer: Brittney, at one point, what clicked to you, okay, something isn’t adding up? In that moment that you say, okay, I’m really suspicious now, something isn’t adding up - what was that moment, or that click for you?

BB: When I realised that he had been avoiding me, had all the signs of a person that’s guilty. He didn’t want to communicate, his family wouldn’t let me communicate- it - I just couldn’t understand if you didn’t do anything why aren’t you out here with me? Why aren’t you out here? I don- I didn’t understand that. It just didn’t make sense to me

Interviewer: And then, days later those pictures surface with Derion carrying the laundry bag with the trash bag inside. When you first saw those pictures, what was your immediate response, and what did you think?

BB: From what I had already known at the time, I couldn’t think, but I asked, is that Maleah? Why do you have that basket when we’ve just - you just got laundry from my mother on the first, what are you doing with the basket? What is that? I know our routines - that- that - that’s not laundry.

Interviewer: And now Brittney, I’ve got to ask you. You know, of course
this story has become a national story, national headlines, so many people searching for Maleah, praying for Maleah. People are watching this case closely and they’re not only looking at Derion, but you have some people watching, and they think you need to be in jail, too. What do you have to say to that, to those people who feel you should be in jail too, right now?

BB: People are entitled to however they think, to however they feel, to their own opinions. I know my truth, and I love my daughter unconditionally, I would never do anything like that -all my children, or my sons, anything, I don’t have a heart to do anything like that.

QX: There are a lot of things been said on-line, comments that have been made on social media - if her father died on April the eleventh, why did she leave on the thirtieth, but what they don’t understand is, they had to raise money to get him buried. There was no burial policy, money on hand to bury him. So, they had to make arrangements to do what they needed to do to get him successfully buried. That’s why it took from the eleventh to the thirtieth - the money was not readily available to bury her father. So she also did not have the money to pay for her own plane ticket - a family member of hers, a relative, paid for her ticket, and they didn’t have the money to pay for the children to go - they only had enough to pay for her ticket, so she went on the thirtieth and came back on the third. And the obituary states he died on the eleventh and his services was on the first.

Interviewer: So I’m guessing you had left Maleah with Derion before in the past. And how was it then? Was everything okay then - no problems there?

And in speaking of what, you know, people are saying, how they feel - I watched that video from the courthouse, and you had those protesters out there at the courthouse, one person even

Hey Jude said...

yelling uh, “Murderer!” In that moment, I know you were silent, but what were you thinking - how do you feel about that - people calling you a murderer?

BB: How did I get to this place? How did I get to this place? It was - it was awful. I’ve never
had to ever experience anything like that before. You know, you - you see things like that in movies. It just, it just wasn’t real for me. It just, it just, it just wasn’t real.

Interviewer: I know people were screaming, “Murderer!” - I don’t think everyone thinks that you would do anything to harm your daughter. I think there are people out there who say, as a mother she should have done more to protect this little baby girl. What do you have to say to that, Brittney? Do you think you could have done more?

QX: Avoid that one. Avoid that one. Avoid that ‘cause that’s going to play out in a CPS hearing - there’s a gag order in the CPS case. Those questions are being raised within the CPS arena and the courtroom, and the judge has put a gag order on her that restricts us from answering anything like that.

Interviewer: Well, going back, do you think there’s anything you would have done differently, or do you regret anything?

QX: once again it’s the same thing, same question, that’s not something she can answer. She’s under a gag order and that’s in that arrangement.

Interviewer: I’m not talking about the CPS investigation, or the case, I’m just saying, just you know, as a mother, and this child -this four year old who is still missing, um, and your ex-fiancé now, is now facing those charges - do you think, as a mother, you could have done more to protect your little girl?

QX: These are things I’ve said to Brittney, based on my conversations extensively with her, based on my investigation to this case, based on everything that we learned- found out - there are no perfect parents, nobody’s perfect, but I do believe there were warning signs that had she looked deeper into those warning signs, that intuition as a mother, but also at the same time you got to remember she’s grieving the death of her father - so psychologically and mentally she’s turned upside down, stressed out about her father’s funeral service, about him passing, and at the last moment she gets a family member to pay for her ticket but can’t pay for the kids. So she was under a tremendous amount of stress. Hindsight is twenty twenty, we all can be Monday morning quarterbacks, but the game was played on Sunday. So, you know, I do believe she could have did a little bit more, had she not been under so much stress, and look at the warning signs that were there, that we learned of.

Interviewer: And I think it’s clear, when you see that picture of her, all pretty in her pink tutu - and then you look at these pictures of her on the beach, it is obvious that this little girl was loved.

BB: Loved and well taken care of - absolutely.

Interviewer: And when you see those pictures and you fast forward to now, do you go back and say, “Okay, I regret this”, or do you have any regrets?

BB: I think, as a parent, at some point everybody has regrets. I mean, nobody is perfect. You don’t have to be in my situation to have regrets. Everybody’s situation is different. yeah, I probably could’ve done some things better - but -

QX: You know, when we came out of court, there was a few people yelling, “Murderer, Murderer!” - but those people need to understand that the video proves that Maleah was outside, and when she and Vence was outside, this mother was in Massachusetts- flight, ticket, video footage proves she was in Massachusetts while her daughter was still alive. I don’t believe she had absolutely anything to do with what this man did to her child.

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Interviewer: And I think that is, that was the overall consensus, but I think the problem lies, and I think this is where people get critical, is say, why didn’t you take your daughter, why would you leave your daughter with this man?

BB: Like I said before, because I trusted him. I didn’t know that after burying my father, that I was going to have to come home to this nightmare.

QX: And financially, she didn’t have the money to take the kids, she didn’t pay for her own ticket. A relative paid for that ticket.

Interviewer: How were things with you and Derion before you left for your father’s funeral?

QX: That’s not - let’s move forward.

Interviewer: That’s fine. Is there anything you want to clear up, Brittney, anything that you want to straighten, just, you know - we’ve talked about how this story has a lot of twists and turns, is there anything you want to clear up, or straighten up?

BB: That I am a good mother. That I’m hurting just like everybody else, and I want answers, too. And that I’m a human being first. I had no idea. I had no idea things were going to turn out like this. I had no idea that I was gonna have to come home and have to search for my daughter. I’m devastated. Every day, every minute of the hour, I’m devastated. I just need people to know that I’m hurting, too. This is my - my daughter, my daughter that I carried. This is my daughter.

Interviewer: And I know they’re still investigating, they’re still searching. What’s the latest in the search for Maleah? I know the answer’s -

BB: Suspended - yeah.

Interviewer: What do you want to see happen? Where are you leading police - are you say no, I think you should do this, I know there was something about a mail route. A family -

QX: yeah, that’s something we’ve been dealt with, of him having a mail route in the Rosharon area, and so Equusearch and I, we talked about that a couple of days ago, telling them about the Rosharon area, trying to get specific detail about where he actually went, and where he worked. The number one concern right now for everybody, for you, me, her, everybody in this city and around the country, is where’s Maleah? That’s where we all got to go - we - we - we gotta stay there, until we can find out where Maleah is - none of us can truly get closure until we know where Maleah is, and so all of us must continue to channel our energies in the best manner we possibly can, however we can, to try and find Maleah.

Interviewer: Brittney, after all of this has gone down, and you going through this, I know it’s hard for you - is there anything that, in raising your other two kids in the future, or anything that you say, “Okay, I’m going to do this from now on” - has this changed you as a mother, in how you parent your other two boys?

BB: Absolutely. Absolutely.

QX: don’t speak to it

Interviewer: Right. Anything else, you want to clear up, anything else you want to say? I know you talked about, you said you really want people to know that you were a good mother.

BB: That’s it.

Interviewer: And she seems so sweet -

BB: She’s very sweet.

Interviewer: What kind of little girl was she?

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BB: She was playful, she loved to dance to Just Dance videos on YouTube, we would dance together, she would sit with me while I would get dressed, like I used to when I did with my mother, I remember doing that, and - she, she was so caring. I mean, she always would aks, “Do you feel better? Mommy, do you feel better... Mommy, you okay?” She always wanted you to feel better, you know, she was always helpful, she was always friendly. She - I mean - and her smile was just so beautiful.

Interviewer: And Brittney, do you understand all of the emotion going into this? From whether it’s people in Houston, or all over the country - even when I look at that little girl’s picture and I think about where is she, what happened to her, it angers me. Do you understand why people are so angry? This is a four year old girl who’s gone and no-one knows -

BB: What happened. I think when they, I think when people look at Maleah, even for those who aren’t parents, just imagine this child from looking at her it’s almost you can tell what kind of child she was, the beauty in her spirit - and I think that makes everybody emotional because you look at her and it’s almost you have a sense of knowing her.

Interviewer: do you have anything else you’d like to say?

QX: No, I think a lot of people, when they look at the picture of Maleah, they see the beauty, the innocence, the defenceless child. I think a lot of us who are parents can see our own daughter, our own children in that child, and people just can see the innocence, the defencelessness of a little child. There is nothing that that baby did or could have done to justify what has happened with her. There is nothing - there is no excuse - none, that can justify what has happened with this beautiful child. I don’t give a damn what happened, what took place, what was involved, there ain’t nothing that justified what happened to this child. That’s the part that angers so many people. What could this beautiful angel have done - that would bring it to this point? That’s what angers a lot of people.

Interviewer: Uh, Brittney, thank you so much for talking to us, I appreciate it.

Brittney: I just want people to learn, jus, just to learn from this experience, because I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, I-I wouldn’t.

QX: You know what I hope? I hope a lot of women can take from this case, you gotta do a tremendous tremendous due diligence in vetting any man that you let around your children. I don’t care how handsome he may be, I don’t care what bills he can pay, I don’t care how good he may be in or out of the bedroom, you got to first make damn sure that that man can be trusted when your back is turned around your children, and if you can’t get that assurance, you’re better off by yourself.

Interviewer: And do you think that’s something that will start the conversation on, is you know, teaching, or warning other mothers out there, hey, you know, you have to be careful who you get involved with, especially someone that you’re going to have around your children?

BB: Children. Absolutely.

Interviewer: What would you tell those other mothers who may see this story, and you going through what you’re going through now, other mothers out there with children, who may be dating, or dealing with guys - what do you have to say to them to learn from this situation?

BB: No matter what the situation is, your children always come first. Always, in anything and everything. They- they have to come first. Don’t become so comfortable to where you trust that person enough. I mean, I don’t even care who it is - it could be your friend, or family, relative, anybody - jus - just make sure that your children are always good.



Anonymous said...

"I mean, I don’t even care who it is - it could be your friend, or family, relative, anybody - jus - just make sure that your children are always good."

Victim blaming?
Was Maleah not "good"?

Jill Presnal said...

Dear Peter,

There is still no sign of Maleah. The mother Brittany Bowen has given several interviews- this one below her longest one with the most info. Would you have time to analyze? She speaks of Maleah in the past tense, has a very flat affect, no emotion. I am also attaching an earlier candid video where her mother Brenda Bowen, the grandmother of Maleah speaks.

Brittany's interview from Friday May, 17


Brenda Bowen, grandmother to Maleah, speaks on May 6.

I am in College Station, TX about an hour away from Houston. Heartbreaking and tragic and hoping they can find her remains so she can be laid to rest.

Jill in Texas

Habundia said...

it indeed would be, lot of learning material for as I can see.

ToniaS said...

Peter, will you be analyzing the interview from ABC 13 posted above? This case has international attention and the mother seems to be withholding information as to what happened to Maleah. She also refuses to remove the boyfriends photos from social media and he’s the one in custody.