HOUSTON – A Houston woman was arrested Sunday in connection with the beating death of a 4-year-old girl.
Melynda Davis, 41, is charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence in the case. Davis was expected to appear in court for her first hearing Monday night but was not present because she’s in medical. Her bond was set at $150,000 for injury to a child and $50,000 for tampering with evidence, totaling $200,000.
According to Houston police, an investigation revealed Davis physically abused the child and attempted to conceal evidence at the scene near the corner of FM Road 1960 and Strong Pine Drive.
Prosecutors said the 4-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital with lacerations, multiple bruises and injuries. They said the child’s temperature when she was pronounced dead was 86 degrees. Prosecutors said there was a delay between when the child died and when she was brought to the hospital.
Prosecutors said the tampering charge is for concealing the child’s onesie and a blood-stained towel.
The charges against Davis could be upgraded after an autopsy is complete, police said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.