Parents Plead Not Guilty to Charges in Case of Missing Hallandale Beach Boy Dontrell Melvin

Prosecutor says more charges could be filed against Calvin Melvin and Brittney Sierra

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    Calvin Melvin Jr., 27, and Brittney Sierra, 21, entered written not guilty pleas in court Friday to charges related to the disappearance of their son. Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy discussed the case. (Published Friday, Feb 22, 2013)

    The parents of a Hallandale Beach boy who went missing in 2011 and is presumed dead entered written not guilty pleas in court Friday to charges related to their son's disappearance.

    Calvin Melvin, 27, is charged with making a false statement to a law enforcement officer while Brittney Sierra, 21, faces a charge of child neglect with bodily harm in the disappearance of Dontrell Melvin.

    Child Neglect Charge Dropped Against Father of Dontrell Melvin

    [MI] Child Neglect Charge Dropped Against Father of Dontrell Melvin
    A child neglect charge against Calvin Melvin Jr. in the death of his son, Dontrell Melvin, has been dropped, while mother Britney Sierra is charged with child neglect with bodily harm. Friend Darnell Toney discusses the incident. (Published Friday, Feb 22, 2013)

    Calvin Melvin had also been charged with child neglect in January but the charge was later dropped.

    Prosecutor Sheila Alu told NBC 6 that more charges could be filed pending the investigation being completed.

    Parents of Missing Boy Appear in Court

    [MI] Parents of Missing Boy Appear in Court
    Dontrell Melvin's mother Brittney Sierra cried in court Tuesday, while the missing boy's father, Calvin Melvin, showed no emotion. Sierra's mother, Renee Menendez, also had a hearing Tuesday before Judge Kenneth Gillespie. (Published Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013)

    Melvin Reported Missing in October Call: DCF

    Police say Dontrell Melvin was just 5 months old when he was last seen around July 2011. His disappearance didn't become known to authorities until just last month, when a child welfare investigator spoke to Sierra regarding a child neglect case.

    Error Was Made in Missing Boy Email: DCF

    [MI] Error Was Made in Email About Dontrell Melvin: Department of Children and Families Official
    The email released by DCF said that an investigator saw the child on Oct. 14, 2012. "That was an error that was made, said Pete Digre, DCF s deputy secretary. (Published Thursday, Jan 17, 2013)

    Under police questioning, Melvin and Sierra blamed each other in the boy's disappearance and each provided officers an area to search, authorities said.

    Error Was Made in Missing Boy Email: DCF

    Skeletal remains were later found in the backyard of a home where the parents reportedly used to live. Investigators are still waiting for DNA results for a positive identification of the remains but they suspect it is the baby boy.