HOUSTON – A mental health/intellectual evaluation was ordered for a man at the center of the investigation into the disappearance of 4-year-old Maleah Davis and the concealment of her remains.
Derion Vence was in a relationship with Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens, at the time Maleah was reported missing, and he is accused of hiding her body in Arkansas after Maleah's death. Vence told a Houston community activist, Quannel X, that her death was a result of an accident.
According to court records, Vence is ordered to undergo an evaluation "to determine whether (Vence) has a mental illness ... or is a person with an intellectual disability."
He is charged with tampering with evidence -- a human corpse, a felony. He is currently being held at the Harris County Jail in administration seperation, meaning Vence is not in a general population tank or cell. He is in his own single-door cell for his safety, according to officials. This separates him from general population, but has same privileges.
The cause of Maleah's death has not yet been determined.