A spokesperson for the mother of Maleah Davis has said he is no longer representing her because he believes “she knows what happened” to her missing daughter, according to a report.
Community activist Quanell X claimed Brittany Bowens’ behavior almost immediately raised red flags, but said he remained by her side for as long as he did to get information he feared police searching for the 4-year-old Texas girl could not, he said to KHOU-TV.
“[Bowens] said to me when we [were] riding in my car what she believed really happened to Maleah,” he said. “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.”
Quanell declined to provide specifics to KHOU, but said Bowens’ behavior in front of and away from the cameras differed greatly.
“There was not a lot of tears,” he said of Bowens when they were alone. “She was always calm, fluid, clear. Now, whenever there was a public thing, she would always break down.”
Quanell also said he does not believe Bowens knows where Maleah is located. KHOU-TV reported that law enforcement sources said authorities have spoken with Quanell about his alleged concerns and are vetting the information he provided.
Bowens has not been charged with any crime and has not been named a suspect in connection to her daughter’s vanishing. She has spoken out against Quanell X and said he is misrepresenting the family’s past, KRIV reported.
When she was previously lambasted by protesters who believe she is as responsible as Vence allegedly is for Maleah's disappearance, Bowens maintained her innocence.
"People are entitled to however they think ... I know my truth," she said. "And I love my daughter unconditionally ... I don't have it in my heart to do anything like that."
As investigators continue their search for Maleah, further details surrounding the alleged actions of the man charged in connection to her disappearance have emerged.
Derion Vence would not allow Maleah’s father, Craig Davis, and Davis’ sister into the home he shared with his ex-fiance, Bowens, when they arrived to check on the little girl May 3, Davis testified at a CPS hearing Wednesday, KTRK-TV reported.
Vence allegedly told Davis that Maleah had the flu, refusing to let them in even when they asked to look in on her as she slept, according to the television station.
It was that night that Vence allegedly claimed Maleah was kidnapped.
Vence’s mother also spoke at the hearing Wednesday, reportedly saying she has talked with her son only on two occasions since his arrest May 11. During those phone calls, she has not asked her son about Maleah’s whereabouts, she said.
Anyone with information regarding Maleah’s disappearance is asked to contact Houston Police at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers Houston at 713-222-TIPS.