Maleah Davis, 4, and her two brothers were brought to relatives last year after allegations of abuse, told the CNN's Department of Family and Protection Services.
A judge ordered to return home in February and called on child protection services to visit the house at least once a month to check on the family.
Maleah has been missing since the end of last week. According to her stepfather, Darion Vence, he, his one-year-old son, and Maleah were kidnapped Friday night in the Houston area by Hispanic men who left him unconscious.
When he finally woke up on Saturday night, Vence told the detectives he was on the side of the road with his son and Maleah was gone. In an interview with CNN, Maleah's mother, Brittany Bowens said that Vence's story makes "no sense".
Bowens also addressed Maleah's head injury. Houston police Sgt. Mark Holbrook has said that Maleah had several brain surgeries, including one in recent months.
The surgeries should help heal an injury, he said.
Bowens denied on Tuesday the allegations that her daughter had been physically abused at home and reported the injury:
Bowens said she had taken her daughter from the West Houston Medical Center last July because she was lethargic but the nurses did not examine her head.
Weeks later, on July 28th, Maleah fell as she sat at the table eating alone, Bowens said.
"When she falls, she came around the couch, she had a deep wound in her head and it freaked me out," said Bowens, who rushed her daughter back to West Houston. The doctors released Maleah without performing a CT scan, Bowens said.
Five days later, in early August, Maleah suffered a seizure, Bowens said, sobbing. Maleah was taken to a children's hospital.
"They did a CT scan and then they told me there was bleeding on the left side of their brain," she said. "At this time, it was a life or death situation."
The doctors operated Maleah, she said. A few days later, Child Protective Services officials arrived at their home, Bowens said.
"They did not find anything because we are not that kind of people," she said.
But this month, child protection services put Maleah and her two brothers with relatives ̵
Now the police are on the hunt for the trio of suspects Vence has described, their reported blue van and young child
Maleah is about 3 feet tall and weighs 30 to 40 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light blue Under Armor jacket, blue jeans, gray Under Armor tennis shoes with pink and white details and a pink bow in her hair.
Here's everything we know about the young girl and how it has disappeared:
The stepfather says he was constantly on alert
Vence told detectives that he, Maleah and his son were out Friday morning, Maleah's mother, who was from Massachusetts, Sgt. Holbrook, picked up.
In the street, the stepfather says he has heard a "popping noise", such as a ruptured tire, and stopped to look, he told the police. At that time, a blue pickup truck drove up behind the car and two Hispanic men got out to the police, according to Vences story.
One of the men commented, "Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet," says Vence.
The other man hit Vence's head and lost consciousness, he told the police.
At some point, when he woke up, Vence said he was up with Maleah the truck bed and her brother and three Hispanic men were also in the vehicle.
He informed the police that he was in consciousness until about 6 o'clock in the morning. Saturday, when he woke up with the one-year-old boy on Highway 6. Maleah was not there.
Vence said he went to a nearby hospital where he was treated and reported.
The stepfather's story has "many loopholes," Holbrook said, but he hopes the public can help them fill in the blanks "in the story Vence had provided them with.
Mother asks for help
Through sobbing, Bowens asks for help and says "Losing the young girl is too much to bear." . "
The mother returned from a trip and got another family member to pick her up from the airport when Vence did not show up with the children, Holbrook said.
Maleah, she said, is a friendly, loving, creative, and smart girl.
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These are the cars that the police are looking for
The police posted a representative photograph of the blue pickup truck Vence claimed that the kidnappers were driving.
An amber alert describes the car as a blue crew-cab Chevy pickup truck, possibly a model from 2010.
The car that drove Vence – A silver Nissan Altima, who belongs to Maleah's mother, is also missing, police said.
A traffic camera took a picture of the Altima when it drove through a crossroads in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land just before 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
The Houston Police asks anyone who has information about the case, at 713-308-3600.
Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly spelled the name of Brittany Bowens
CNN's Dakin Andone, Nick Valencia, Jamiel Lynch, Holly Yan, Tina Burnside, Artemis Moshtaghian and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.