Miami Toddler Reported Missing 18 Months After He Went Missing (Video)

Dontrell Melvin went missing when he was only five months old, July 2011, but wasn't reported missing until December 2012.

The Caylee Anthony story still gives people the chills and frustrates them years after her disappearance in 2008.  The mother of the slain child, Casey Anthony, knew she hadn’t seen the child in nearly a month, but she still hadn’t reported the child missing…just like the newest case.

Dontrell Melvin was last seen in July of 2011.  His mother, Brittany Sierra, 21, and his father Calvin Melvin Jr., gave conflicting stories to the authorities about the child’s whereabouts.  Sierra said that the father had left with the child and never showed up with him again.  But then, the father blamed her for the child’s disappearance, according to local ABC affiliate WSVN-TV. Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said during a news conference the day of the parent’s arrest:

“We’ve arrested the mother, Brittney Sierra, and the father [Calvin Melvin, Jr.],” said Flournoy, “after lengthy interviews over the last 12 hours. They both have intimated that the child has been harmed in some way by each other, so they are blaming each other as it relates to the child’s disappearance.”

Calvin Melvin Jr. and Brittany Sierra, 21, parents of baby Dontrell Melvin, who went missing at five months old in July 2011, but wasn't reported missing until December 2012.

DCF was alerted after a routine welfare check at the couple’s home nearly two weeks ago when only two children were discovered in the home when there should’ve been three. But DCF dropped the ball first when a DCF worker made a disturbing error in the case and reported in an e-mail that they had last seen the child in October 2012; which is another reason the whereabouts of the child fell through the cracks.

Authorities went to the home where they lived when the child went missing and found a baby’s remains after digging around the property.  It has not been confirmed that the remains are those of the child, but it is feasible that they are.

These two will not get the Casey Anthony treatment though.  Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said:

“Their conspiracy to hide the whereabouts of the child after the child went missing is apparent.”

One officer told WTVN, that he believes, based on the interviews with the parents, that both of them know exactly what happened to the child.

Check out the report.

-J.C. Brooks

WSVN-TV -


Welfare officer tries to explain e-mail error that held up Dontrell Melvin’s disappearance case:


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