Parents of missing boy blamed each other

March 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- The parents of a missing Florida boy blamed each other when authorities learned he had vanished 18 months earlier, police records say.

The States Attorney's Office in Broward County released documents about the investigation into Dontrell Melvin's disappearance and presumed death this week, The Miami Herald reported. A bone, a femur, found in the backyard of his parents' Hallandale Beach home has not been conclusively identified.

Dontrell would have turned 2 in February. He was 5 months old when he was last seen in July 2011.

The boy's parents, Calvin Melvin, 27, and Brittney Sierra, 21, both face criminal charges, lying to police in his case and child neglect in hers. They could face more serious charges if the remains turn out to be their son, who was only discovered missing in late 2012 when a social worker went to their home to investigate reports that Sierra was using drugs and neglecting her children.

Records of their questioning by police show that Sierra told detectives that "Melvin did it" if their son was dead. She said he would have smothered the boy with a blue pillow from his stroller.

Melvin said Sierra would have buried the boy in the back yard, where the remains were found. He drew a diagram, the newspaper said.

Sierra told detectives the last time she saw Dontrell was when Melvin put him in his stroller and said he was going to the store for cigarettes. She said Melvin came back 90 minutes later and said he had given the baby to his mother.

Melvin first told police the boy was with his parents. He later changed his story, saying Sierra had given him to a relative from New Jersey, the Herald said.

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