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