Derion Vence, 26, was arrested Saturday at a relative's house about 20 miles southwest of Houston. He was booked into the Harris County jail on suspicion of tampering with evidence – a human corpse, police said.
Malay is alive.
His bail is set at $ 999,999, jail records show.
Veak's story started unraveling after it was reported.
Nissan Altima was a flat tire.
He told investigators that he was driving to the airport.
When he stopped, he said, "Maleah and his toddler son. When he woke up, he said, according to Houston police.
"Due to injuries he said he died during the abduction, he reportedly lost consciousness for about 24 hours, regaining it on Sunday (May 5) He said he was himself on foot in Sugar Land and walked to Houston Methodist's Sugar Land Hospital for treatment.
Police say the car is in the parking lot of a shopping center Mall in Missouri City, Texas.
An employee cab cab company spotted the car and called police, said detective Ken Fregia. The car was about 5 miles away from where Vence said he woke up.
A laundry basket is found in the trunk along with a gas can, and they are urgent.
Police refer to Vence as Maleah's stepfather. A spokesman for her mother's family told CNN the two were engaged but that has since ended.
Blood evidence allegedly found
Vence's apartment has been linked to Maleah, police said.
The suspect what, then, without any details.
Maleah's father said he is heartbroken over his daughter.
"Craig Davis told CNN affiliate KTRK." I can not talk about my daughter last week. "I can not predict myself."
CNN reached out to Vence several times a week but did not hear back. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Tampering with a human corpse is a second-degree felony in Texas. If convicted, he faces two to 20 years in prison.
He's scheduled to appear in court Monday.