Brittney Sierra Has Given Birth, Department of Children and Families Spokeswoman Confirms

The Hallandale Beach mother's due date was last Friday

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    Brittney Sierra in a recent court appearance.

    Brittney Sierra has given birth again, a Department of Children and Families spokeswoman said.

    The remains of Sierra’s child Dontrell Melvin were found buried in a shallow pit behind her Hallandale Beach home earlier this year, and her charges were reduced to third-degree child neglect/bodily harm in that case last week.

    Sierra, 22, was pregnant and had a due date of last Friday for her new baby.

    The DCF spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that Sierra had given birth, though she didn’t know the exact date. DCF is still involved in the case, she said.

    Brittney Sierra in Court to Find New Caretaker

    [MI] Brittney Sierra in Court to Find New Caretaker
    Brittney Sierra appeared in court Wednesday morning after a woman approved to be her caretaker was no longer willing to take her in. The pregnant 22-year-old is back in the custody of the Broward Sheriff's Office while her lawyer checks out living arrangements with a new caretaker, a relative of Sierra's father. NBC 6's Diana Gonzalez spoke with Sierra's attorney Dohn Williams.

    The agency has been expected to take custody of the newborn.

    Sierra’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Sierra’s son Dontrell was about 6 months old when he was last seen alive in July 2011, according to the Broward County medical examiner. His body was discovered in a shallow grave in the backyard of 106 Northwest 1st Ave. on Jan. 11, 2013.

    His father, Calvin Melvin, 27, also faces charges in the case – two counts of child neglect and three counts of providing false information to police during the investigation. He remains in custody in the Broward County Main Jail.

    Sierra appeared in court last Wednesday as her lawyer looked into living arrangements for her with a new caretaker. The woman the court initially approved to be Sierra’s caretaker said she didn’t want Sierra in her home after she found out she was pregnant.

    Sierra remains in the custody of the Broward Sheriff’s Office at its North Broward Bureau, online jail records said Wednesday night.

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