Stepdad of missing 4-year-old girl says he was knocked unconscious by 3 men, woke up a day later

The stepdad of a missing Houston girl claims he was assaulted by three men who abducted the child while he was unconscious on Friday night.

Darion Vence told police that he brought his stepdaughter, 4-year-old Maleah Davis, and his own son, 1-year-old Kourtland, to pick up the girl's mother at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 9 p.m. when he heard a "popping noise," KOCO reports.

Believing the sound was a flat tire, Vence says he pulled over his vehicle when a blue Chevy truck with three Hispanic men inside pulled up behind the family's car and approached him.

Houston police Sgt. Mark Holbrook told reporters that one of the men made a comment to Vence that "Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet," before hitting him on the head and knocking him unconscious.

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CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO DERION This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Dept. shows Derion Vence. Vence, the man who reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston Saturday, May 11, 2019 in connection with her disappearance and police say they have found blood in his apartment linked to her. (Houston Police Dept. via AP)
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1/2: Photos displayed at the media briefing: first is victim's stolen car, a silver 2011 Nissan Altima with TX pape… https://t.co/XwFI2cELMQ
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Jim Reynolds, with Texas EquuSearch, conducts a search for Maleah Davis Monday, May 6, 2019, in Humble, Texas. Houston police are trying to determine what happened to the 4-year-old girl after her stepfather said she was taken by men who released him and his 2-year-old son after abducting them as well. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Members of Texas EquuSearch conduct a search for four-year-old Maleah Davis Monday, May 6, 2019, in Humble, Texas. Houston police are trying to determine what happened to the 4-year-old girl after her stepfather said she was taken by men who released him and his 2-year-old son after abducting them as well. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Sgt. Mark Holbrook gives an update about Maleah Davis, a four-year-old girl missing since Saturday night, during a news conference at the Houston Police Department headquarters, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Annie Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Sgt. Mark Holbrook gives an update about Maleah Davis, a four-year-old girl missing since Saturday night, during a news conference at the Houston Police Department headquarters, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Annie Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
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Vence told police that he woke up in the back of the men's truck with Maleah and Kourtland but that he passed out again and drifted in and out of consciousness until about 6 p.m. on Saturday when he woke up off of Highway 6 in Sugar Land with just his son. His vehicle was also missing. 

He then walked to a nearby hospital where he reported Maleah missing and received treatment for his head injury.

"I realize there's a lot of blanks in that story, but we're hoping that the public fill in the blanks," Sgt. Holbrook said.

Maleah has undergone multiple brain surgeries to help heal a prior injury, including one in the past two months. Her family says she is currently in desperate need of medical care. 

The missing girl has black hair and brown eyes, stands at about 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 30 to 40 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light blue Under Armour jacket, blue jeans and gray Under Armour tennis shoes with pink and white details.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call 713-308-3600.

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