There is so much that needs to be said about this case and I am curious as to whether anyone else believes that there is some kind of gender discrimination here. But I’m getting ahead of myself. This is just the introduction. Onto the case. Unfortunately, just as last time, this case happened in Florida as well. This case is a bit more confusing than most, but still horrific. It reminds me of the Casey Anthony case. And I don’t know if it’s gender discrimination or what, but there is definitely something wrong going on with this case.
Dontrell K. Melvin was once a happy, healthy baby boy. Around July, 2011, he was 5 months old–almost 6 months. He disappeared that month. His mother, Brittney Sierra, claimed that she reported the child as missing immediately. She said that her boyfriend at the time, Calvin Melvin, took their son on a walk and she phoned police immediately upon his returning without Dontrell. Court documents do show that the police met with her in July, 2011, but the police officers say that they do not specifically remember why she called the police.
However, knowing her son was “missing”, Sierra applied for and received food stamps and other benefits with Dontrell’s name listed as a dependent. In one she claimed near December 2011 that was involved with getting Christmas toys for children, it was claimed that Dontrell was 9 and a half months old. this is a little bit more than suspicious. Why she didn’t continue to phone the police as her child was missing, and then why she claimed him fraudulently on some benefits programs does not per se speak of an innocent mind.
Calvin Melvin denied the claims that Brittney Sierra had made, pointing the finger at her and saying that he didn’t do anything and that Sierra was crazy, cutting herself and saying that she didn’t “want the fucking baby anymore”. Sierra responded telling police of how Calvin could suffocate the child. But when asked where the child could be, it was Calvin’s location that was correct. He said that the child could be in the backyard of their former home and even gave a diagram to police. It was there that little Dontrell’s skeletal remains were found buried. Both parents have been arrested for crimes such as child neglect and child cruelty. Calvin was given a harsher charge and also two charges of falsifying statements to police.
The medical examiner confirmed that the skeletal remains were Dontrell’s, and the death was ruled a homicide by unknown violent means. Both parents plead not guilty to the charges. Recently, Sierra has not only had her charges reduced, but she has also been released on bail. Her lawyer fought hard for this because she is pregnant with her fourth child. The other two children are currently in state care. This whole incident started when there was an anonymous CPS report of Sierra smoking marijuana and verbally abusing her children. When the CPS social worker showed up to investigate, there were two children instead of three, and that’s where all of this began.
I’m really upset that this woman is being released from jail. She not only failed to continually report her child–her baby–missing so that anyone who would hear her would take her seriously and her child would be found, but she also fraudulently received benefits because she used her dead child as a dependent when he obviously wasn’t there. Loving parents generally don’t do that. They generally care about their children”s well being to the point where they’d start asking questions and demanding answers if their child could not be found and if the child just disappeared one day while the father was allegedly out walking with the child. Loving parents don’t wait 18 months (!!!) until CPS comes along and notices a child missing, ignoring the fact. They just don’t.
So here we have a child who is dead, a mother who did nothing about anything that happened to her child and maybe even participated in causing it and she is out with a tracker connected to her ankle because she is pregnant with her fourth child. Oh, and did I mention that she is afraid that the child will be taken by the state? Imagine that! Sorry lady, but who knows what will happen if you keep this baby. They might go “missing” too and you may not report it until God-knows-when!
Now, I know I don’t have all of the facts that the court has. I can obviously only go on the information that I am given. However, in this case, I have so many unanswered questions and am so confused by our “justice” system. These two people though will more than likely be known in the court of the people, so hopefully no matter how this case turns out, they are closely monitored for the rest of their lives. This should never have happened. Ever.
Sources and Further Reading:
1.29.13 Judge Delays Visitation Decision For Mother Of Missing Hallandale Boy – CBS Miami
2.22.13 Mom Of Missing Hallandale Beach Child in Court Friday – CBS Miami
2.27.13 Father of Missing Hallandale Boy Back In Court – CBS Miami
3.4.13 Court Docs Show Finger-Pointing in Case Of Missing Hallandale Beach Boy – CBS Miami
3.4.2013 Charges Reworded Against Mother Charged In Missing Son Case – CBS Miami
3.7.13 Finger Pointing Between Dontrell Melvin’s Parents Seen in Police Report – NBC 6 South Florida
3.8.13 DNA Results: Tiny Remains Belong To Missing Hallandale Beach Boy – CBS Miami
3.9.13 Remains Found in Backyard Identified as Dontrell Melvin’s – NBC 6 South Florida
3.29.13 Medical Examiner: Toddler Dontrell Melvin Suffered Violent Death – CBS Miami
4.26.13 Investigators Combing Through Cell Phone Records in Murder of Hallandale Baby – CBS Miami
6.20.13 Renee Menendez Says Her Daughter Brittney Sierra “Didn’t Hurt Her Child” – NBC 6 South Florida
8.27.13 Mom Jailed In Child Neglect Case Pregnant With Fourth Child – Miami Herald
9.23.13 Woman Charged In Toddler’s Death Released On Bond – CBS Miami
9.23.13 Brittney Sierra, Mother of Missing Hallandale Missing Boy, Gets Charges Reduced – NBC 6 South Florida
9.23.13 Charges Reduced For Woman Whose Baby Found Buried – Miami Herald