During a Friday press conference, Florida authorities announced that the remains of the body of Dontrell Melvin, who was 5 months old when he disappeared in July of 2011, have been discovered at an address provided by his parents, reports the Huffington Post.
For the entire time that baby Dontrell was missing no one was looking for him.
Father Calvin Melvin Jr., 27, and mother, Brittney Sierra, have both been arrested in their son’s disappearance.
“We’ve arrested the mother, Brittney Sierra, and the father after lengthy interviews over the last 12 hours,” Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said. “They both have intimated that the child has been harmed in someway by each other, so they are blaming each other as it relates to the child’s disappearance.”
Huffington Post reports:
Calvin Melvin Jr., 27, of Hallandale Beach, told police he dropped off his then-5-month-old son with his own parents in July 2011 because of financial trouble. The grandparents, who live in Pompano Beach, told officers they hadn’t seen their grandbaby in over a year, according to the Miami Herald.
In the year and a half since Melvin reportedly left the house with the baby and returned without him, Dontrell’s mother said she believed her son was with his grandparents.
“We can’t get over that fact either,” said Maj. Thomas Honan.
The mother contacted authorities in October 2012, the Sun Sentinel reports, claiming Melvin had not allowed her to see Dontrell for over a year.
Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy told reporters that the Florida Department of Children and Families conducted an investigation at that point, but the findings were unknown.
After leaving Melvin’s parents’ house, authorities attempted to contact him again but he had fled, only turning himself in after his picture began circulating on television stations around South Florida. When he was questioned by authorities the second time, his story had changed, with the father claiming that he had dropped Dontrell off at a Miami Gardens fire station in compliance with the Safe Harbor law.
Authorities always held suspicions about that version of events.
“I don’t believe it at all,” Flournoy said at the time.
The search for baby Dontrell began after Child Protective Services responding to a child neglect case at the mother’s home discovered that there were only 2 children when there should have been three. Those two children are now in the custody of the state.