Mother of missing Texas girl heckled after canceled hearing

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HOUSTON, Texas (AP) The mother of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl was heckled Monday outside a courtroom by a group of people who questioned if she had done enough to protect her daughter before her disappearance.

Maleah Davis, 4 (Photo: Houston Police)

Brittany Bowens, Maleah Davis's mother, was yelled at Monday following a canceled court hearing for Derion Vence, her ex-fiancé who's charged in connection with the girl's disappearance.

Outside a Houston courtroom, Quanell X, a community activist and spokesman for Bowens, told reporters that her main concern is finding out what happened to Maleah.

He has alleged that Vence might have abused Maleah.

But as Quanell X spoke, he was drowned out by a group, including family members of Maleah's father, who yelled "justice for Maleah" and "murderer."

Vence remains jailed in lieu of a $1 million bond after being arrested on a charge of tampering with evidence, specifically a human corpse.

A prosecutor says trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in Vence’s vehicle.

Vence told police on May 4 that men in a truck abducted him, Maleah Davis and his 2-year-old son before freeing him and the boy.

During a court hearing Saturday night, a prosecutor said dogs trained to find cadavers reacted to the trunk of the car Vence had claimed was taken by the kidnappers.

Police say the vehicle was used to drop Vence off at a hospital, where he first reported the abduction.

Vence, who had lived with Maleah and her mother, was arrested Saturday without incident at his brother's home in Sugar Land.

Asked if police believe Vence killed Maleah, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said: "At this point in time those are the charges we have filed and I can't say any more than that."