The finger pointing about what happened to Dontrell Melvin is documented in a recently released police report.
"Melvin is capable to suffocate the baby. I questioned how Melvin would do it,” an officer wrote in the report. “Sierra stated that he would take the blue pillow located inside the stroller and place it on the baby's face."
It was Melvin who led police to infant remains located in the backyard of the home where the family lived when Dontrell disappeared. The exact location was provided by Melvin on his map, the police report said.
After the remains were found police interviewed him in jail.
"Melvin stated that he remembers Sierra telling him, if you want your baby so bad go look for him outside. Melvin remembers walking the backyard while smoking a cigarette but did not see anything out of place,” the officer wrote in the report.
The skeletal remains removed from the backyard of the family’s former home are still being examined. A portion of the remains was sent to Texas for DNA confirmation that they belong to Dontrell, who was 5 months old when he was last seen around July 2011.
The parents have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the boy’s disappearance. Sierra, 21, faces a charge of neglect with bodily harm and Melvin, 27, faces a charge of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer.
According to police, Sierra said in a sworn recorded statement that she last saw her son in July 2011, when Melvin took him for a walk at night and returned without him. She filed a police report that night. Records show two officers did make contact with Sierra the night of July 15, 2011 – but neither one of the officers could remember when asked recently what the complaint was about. That is under investigation.
Around Christmas 2011, police said, Sierra applied for free Christmas gifts through the "Shop With a Cop" program. The application listed Dontrell as being nine and a half months old.
Police said Renee Menendez, Dontrell's grandmother, received benefits and food stamps for him for five months after the boy was reportedly last seen.
Sierra’s attorney, H. Dohn Williams, said he cannot provide a response until he views the actual recorded statements made by his client. He said he does not want to rely on police reports that paraphrase what his client said.
Melvin's attorney, Ed Hoeg, said he does not believe his client had anything to do with the disappearance of Dontrell.