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2-Year-Old Girl in Danger After Being Abducted, Officials Say in Amber Alert

By Zachary Stieber

A 2-year-old Texas girl is in “grave or immediate danger” after being kidnapped, officials said in an Amber Alert early May 29.

Ariel Smith was taken by Lamarcus Smith, 41, on May 28. They were last heard from at the Henderson Village Apartments at 1480 Highway 258.

Smith was driving an unknown vehicle. He was described as a black male standing 6’0″, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and a tattoo on his chest and right arm. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Ariel was described as a black female standing 2’1″, weighing approximately 39 pounds, with black braided hair and brown eyes. She has a two-inch scar on the right side of her neck and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.

Ariel Smith, a 2-year-old girl, was abducted by 41-year-old Lamarcus Smith on May 28, 2019, officials said on May 29, 2019. (Henderson Police Department)

The relation between Smith and the girl wasn’t made public by the authorities.

Police officials initially said that Smith was driving a red 2011 GMC pickup truck with a Texas disabled veteran license plate number, but that vehicle was located and the vehicle he’s driving now isn’t known.

No other information was made available.

Anyone with information was asked to call Henderson Police Department at 903-657-3512.

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Maleah Davis in a file photo. (Houston Police Dept)

Maleah Davis

Another Amber Alert is active in Texas for Maleah Davis, a 4-year-old whose whereabouts became unknown earlier this month.

Derion Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah’s mother, was later arrested and authorities say he killed the girl and placed her body somewhere.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference on May 23 that officials need help from the public finding Maleah’s resting place because Vence isn’t cooperating.

“The evidence shows that we believe she has been murdered. Let’s bring this baby home, proper burial,” he said, reported KTRK. “Without finding that body, there is a hole left out there. We want to give them the closure, of both charges and finding her body.”

He said that Vence, who was described as the main caretaker of Maleah and two other children, has told police officers tall tales about what happened to the girl.

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Derion Vence, the man described by authorities as the stepfather of Maleah Davis, with injuries he claimed were sustained during her abduction. He was later arrested and charged in the case. (Houston Police Department)

“You could drive a big rig right through the tales this guy has been telling,” Acevedo said.

“We strongly believe he knows where she’s at and if he wanted to tell us, he would,” Acevedo added, reported KPRC. “Our focus right now is to find this little baby. Our focus is getting her, recovering her body. I could sit here and say we’re going to find her alive, but I’d be lying.”

Acevedo said a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the finding of Maleah while two people from Louisiana, Ronnie and Karen Bias, announced they were offering $10,000 for information on the case. Acevedo said that the pair is also known as uncle Dude and Nene. Another $5,000 was offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest and prosecution in the case.

Vence originally told police that he was with Maleah and his 1-year-old son on May 4 when they were accosted in Houston by three men he described as Hispanic. He said they knocked him out and when he came to he and his son were in Sugar Land and Maleah was gone.

Vence was arrested on May 11 and charged with tampering with evidence. A prosecutor said that he would likely be charged with murder.