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Man sentenced to 40 years in prison in death of Texas girl

Maleah Davis was reported missing in May 2019. sneakers. (File)
Maleah Davis was reported missing in May 2019. sneakers. (File)(Source: Family photos/KTRK/CNN)
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 11:44 AM CDT
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HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for charges related to the death of a 4-year-old girl who went missing for several weeks before her remains were found in Arkansas.

Maleah Davis was reported missing in May 2019.

Derion Vence was the boyfriend of Maleah’s mother. He initially told police the Houston girl had been kidnapped by assailants who released him and his 2-year-old son.

Police say Vence’s story kept changing and didn’t add up.

Authorities arrested Vence.

He later told investigators he had dumped the girl’s remains close to a highway in Arkansas.

During a court hearing Thursday, the 28-year-old Vence pleaded guilty to tampering with a corpse and injury to a child.

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