Calvin Melvin, 27, is now facing two charges of child neglect in addition to the three charges for providing false information to police during the investigation of the disappearance of his son, Dontrell Melvin. Melvin's defense attorney, Ed Hoeg, and Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy spoke about the case.
The Broward State Attorney refiled the case against the father of the toddler who was found buried behind a Hallandale Beach home.
Calvin Melvin, 27, is now facing two charges of child neglect in addition to the three charges for providing false information to police during the investigation of the disappearance of his son, Dontrell Melvin.
The re-file documents state that Melvin is negligent for various reasons including: “by failing to make a reasonable effort to locate and check on the welfare of his minor child, DM, and in doing so caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement ...”
An arrangement on the new charges had been set for April 5.
Melvin’s defense attorney, Ed Hoag, says his client was not involved in the killing or burying of the baby. But due to the changes in charges, he has withdrawn his motion to dismiss.
Melvin is being held at the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale on $151,000 bond.
The mother of the child, Brittney Sierra, 21, faces a charge of child neglect with bodily harm in the disappearance of her son. She is at the facility in North Broward on a $100,000 bond.
The baby Dontrell Melvin, wasn’t discovered missing until 18 months after he was last seen, but was later identified by the skeleton remains found in backyard of their former home.
Under police questioning, Melvin and Sierra blamed each other in the boy's disappearance and each provided officers an area to search, authorities said.