HOUSTON – Four-year-old Maleah Davis died by "homicidal violence," the Harris County Medical Examiner announced Friday.
Her death was ruled a homicide.
Her stepfather, Derion Vence, has been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
Vence told a Houston community activist, Quannel X, that her death was a result of an accident.
Vence is currently being held at the Harris County Jail in administration separation, 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 the general population but has the same privileges.