New Developments in the Case of Missing Hallandale Beach Boy Dontrell Melvin

Ed Hoeg made the comments about the case Friday

By Willard Shepard
|  Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:58 PM EDT
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Ed Hoeg, Calvin Melvin's attorney, said

Ed Hoeg, Calvin Melvin's attorney, said "It looks like the remains that were recovered were damaged in the recovery process." His client being held on bond in connection to the disappearance of his son Dontrell Melvin.

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Dontrell Melvin's Mother Sent Desperate Text: Godfather

Brittney Sierra was 19 and Calvin Melvin Jr. was 25 when she gave birth to their son Dontrell Melvin in February 2011. The baby's godfather, Darnell Toney, spoke about the desperate text he claims he received from Sierra in April or May 2011. Sierra said that the father was always leaving her with the baby and she couldn t take it any more, Toney said. "She said 'If you don't come get him, I'm going to get rid of him,'" he said. The baby was last seen in July or August 2011, Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said.

Remains Found in Missing Boy Case Deemed Human

Remains that are consistent with those of an infant were found at a residence Friday as Hallandale Beach police investigated the disappearance of a boy, police said. Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said it was too early to say whether the remains were those of Dontrell Melvin.
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An attorney for a man being held on bond in connection to the disappearance of his baby son said the child did not suffer a blow to the head shortly before he died.

"It looks like the remains that were recovered were damaged in the recovery process," said Ed Hoeg, Calvin Melvin's attorney.

Calvin Melvin is behind bars and hasn't been able to make a $150,000 bond that was set. He faces a charge of giving false information to law enforcement. The child's mother, Britney Sierra, has been charged with the neglect of a child.

The skeletal remains removed from the backyard of Sierra and Melvin's former home are still being examined. A portion of those remains was sent to Texas for DNA confirmation that they belong to 5-month-old Dontrell Melvin.

"The reports seem to indicate the were no injures to the body at or around the time of death only after the death. I am waiting to see the full report and that can certainly have consequences either for the defense of the prosecution," Hoeg said.

The claim comes as Hallandale Police released further details on their investigation Friday.

Investigators also wrote that Melvin told them he had taken his son to a fire station in Dade County and left him there because he had financial difficulties to provide for him.

The expert's report says that 90 percent of the child's bones were recovered.

According to court documents, both Sierra and Melvin told a DCF investigator that the missing boy was with his paternal grandmother, which was not right.

Judge Allows Grandmother of the Missing Hallandale Beach Baby to See her Children

Hallandale police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hoeg's claims.
 

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