Houston community activist Quanell X is no longer the spokesman for missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowens.
On May 28, Quanell X told KHOU 11 he stopped working with Bowens because he found inconsistencies in her story.
Before Quanell elaborated about the split, Brittany Bowens told FOX26’s Ivory Hecker it was her decision not to move forward with Quanell.
According to Hecker, Bowens said Quanell was not truthful about several allegations surrounding the case, including accusations about her ex-fiance, Derion Vence.
In a Facebook post about her conversation with Bowens, Hecker wrote, “I just spoke with Brittany Bowens on the phone. She says...She is the one who parted ways with Quanell. Quanell lied about molestation. She does not believe Maleah was ever molested. He lied about Brittany being in foster care. She was never in foster care. He lied about any abuse period. She says Derion did whoop Maleah just once. She got after him, so he didn’t do it again.”
Quanell also spoke with FOX26’s Ivory Hecker and said Bowens was aware of the alleged abuse Maleah suffered at the hands of Derion Vence, Bowens’ ex-fiancé.
“My ultimate goal was to find Maleah, but she knowingly and willingly covered up physical abuse at the hands of Derion. One time in the car, I asked her about what happened to Maleah, I asked, ‘You think he snapped and did something?’ Brittany said Derion probably punched her in the head, he has done that before. After that, I privately met with the district attorney's office to share this with them and more,” Quanell told FOX26.
This decision to cut ties comes just 11 days after Quanell and Bowens sat down for an in-studio interview with KHOU 11.
In the May 17 interview, Bowens said she can’t eat or sleep while her daughter is missing.
“It’s like my mind and my spirit can’t rest,” Bowens said at the time. “All I can do is pray and give it to God. That’s all I can do.”
However, on May 29 Quanell told KHOU11 less than an hour after the interview, Bowens told him she communicated with suspect Derion Vence.
“[She] said to me when we [were] riding in my car what she believed really happened to Maleah,” he said. “At that point, I knew what needed to be done. So I arranged to meet as quickly as I could with investigators at the highest level of this case and shared everything that we had learned and discovered.”
Quanell X told KHOU 11 he first decided to represent Bowens after her sister asked him to help.
Yet, after only two days working as her spokesperson, the activist said Bowens’ family told him troubling details about Maleah’s home conditions.
“Ain’t no way in hell a parent with common sense would have handled this entire situation the way Brittany handled this entire situation,” Quanell X told KHOU11.
Quanell also claimed Bowens behaved differently in private than she did in front of cameras.
“There was not a lot of tears,” he told KHOU 11. “She was always calm, fluid, clear. Now whenever there was a public thing, she would always break down.”
Houston officials confirmed with KHOU 11 Quanell X did tell prosecutors about what Bowens told him. Investigators said they are still determining if the information is credible.
“[Bowens] knows the truth,” Quanell concluded. “She knows eventually she’s going to have to give an answer for that.”
Bowens has not been charged in her daughter’s disappearance.
Vence was charged with tampering with evidence after blood was found in his apartment. Vence initially claimed Maleah was abducted by three men on May 3.