Houston, TX – Police are searching for a four-year-old girl whose stepfather said she was taken by a trio of Mexican men on Friday night.
Darien Vence told police he was driving to the airport to pick up his girlfriend with her children at about 9 p.m. on May 3 when he heard a sound he believed was his tire popping, so he pulled over, Houston Police Sergeant Mark Holbrook said during a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Vence said that as soon as he stopped the car, a blue pickup truck pulled up next to his vehicle.
He said two Hispanic males got out of the truck and started eyeing Vence’s stepdaughter, four-year-old Maleah Davis, according to CNN.
Maleah "looks very nice, looks very sweet," one of the men told Vence, according to Sgt. Holbrook.
That’s when the stepfather said the other man cracked him over the head with something and he lost consciousness.
Sgt. Holbrook said Vence told police he woke up some hours later in the back of the men’s truck with Maleah and his year-old son Courtland.
He told police there were three men in the truck at that point.
The stepfather told police he’d gone in and out of consciousness before he eventually woke up with his son on the side of Highway 6 at about 6 p.m. the next day.
He told police Maleah was nowhere in sight when he awoke, the sergeant told reporters.
Vence walked to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries and reported Maleah missing.
Sgt. Holbrooks said Maleah suffered from some major medical conditions and had been sick recently.
The little girl has had multiple brain surgeries, including one in recent months.
"She's needed a lot of care," the sergeant said. "This week she was sick too."
The car Vence was driving when he encountered the blue pickup truck has not been found, CNN reported.
Sgt. Holbrooks said a traffic camera picked up an image of the silver Nissan Altima crossing through in intersection in Sugar Land just before 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Maleah is described as being approximately three feet tall and weighing between 30 and 40 pounds, according to CNN.
Vence said that when she disappeared, the little girl was wearing a light blue Under Armour jacket, blue jeans, and gray Under Armour tennis shoes with pink and white details.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600.