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Mom jailed in child neglect case (murder) pregnant with fourth child
Miami Herald ^ | 9/6/13 | Teproff

Posted on 09/06/2013 10:24:32 AM PDT by pabianice

Brittney Sierra, 22, has been in jail since January in the case of her infant son, whose bones were found buried in the backyard of a Hallandale Beach home. Brittney Sierra, 22, has been in jail since January in the case of her infant son, whose bones were found buried in the backyard of a Hallandale Beach home.

Brittney Sierra, who has been behind bars since January on child neglect charges after her infant son was found buried in the back yard of her former Hallandale Beach home, is pregnant and her attorney is trying to get her out of jail in time to give birth.

“I am trying to make the transition into this world for this baby easier,” said Dohn Williams Jr., who represents Sierra.

On Thursday he plans to tell Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry that he hasn’t been able to find a secure facility willing to take Sierra on house arrest so she can give birth and stay with her baby. She is being held on a $100,000 bond on two charges of felony child neglect but can’t raise the money to post bail, Williams said.

“Given the nature of her charges, we haven’t been able to find a place willing to take her,” he said.

The baby is due at the end of September. Williams said Sierra, 22, was pregnant at the time of her arrest Jan. 10

On Jan. 9, police learned that her baby, Dontrell Melvin, had not been seen for 18 months, when he was 5 months old..

Dontrell’s father, Calvin Melvin, 28, is also in jail . He faces two child neglect charges and three felony charges of lying to police.

When police questioned Melvin, he said he had dropped the boy off with his parents in Pompano Beach. When police went to Pompano Beach to find the baby, the officers learned that that Melvin’s parents hadn’t seen Dontrell.

By the time police returned to Hallandale Beach, Melvin was gone. He later turned himself in to police and changed his story several times.

Melvin and Sierra were arrested, and the couple implicated each other in the baby’s death. Investigators dug up the back yard of the family’s former rental home at 106 NW First Ave. and discovered the tiny bones.

The state Department of Children and Families took Sierra’s two remaining children — one of whom was also fathered by Melvin — into state care, along with four children of Sierra’s mother, Renee Menendez. Both women had been the subject of dozens of calls to the state agency.

DCF spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes said this week that she could not confirm the status of Sierra’s children because of a confidentiality rule, but did say Menendez’s children remain in state care.

It wasn’t until March that a Texas lab determined the bones belonged to Dontrell. A couple of weeks later, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the baby’s death a homicide by “violence of undetermined means.”

Neither Sierra or Melvin have been charged with Dontrell’s death, Hallandale Beach Police Maj. Thomas Honan said Monday.

Meanwhile, Sierra’s attorney is working to get her out of jail before she gives birth to a fourth child.

“Of course she doesn’t want to have her baby in jail,” Williams said.

While there are procedures in place for pregnant inmates, DCF spokesman Whitney Ray said it is not that common.

If a baby is born to an incarcerated mother, a call to the abuse hotline is made and an investigation ensues.

“A baby can’t be born behind bars,” he said,

The Broward Sheriff Office’s said 13 women gave birth while incarcerated in 2010; six in 2011; five in 2012; and seven so far this year.

BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said the women are transported to an outside hospital to give birth, but remain in custody.

Williams said that if Sierra remains in jail, she would likely only see her baby for a day before it is taken into state care.

“This is about the baby,” he said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/27/3588581/mom-jailed-in-child-neglect-case.html#storylink=cpy


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1 posted on 09/06/2013 10:24:32 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
Daddy.

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2 posted on 09/06/2013 10:34:16 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: pabianice
“violence of undetermined means.”

Now wait just a minute. How can they possibly determine cause of dead if they can't determine how and especially if it was violent?

“A baby can’t be born behind bars,”

Happens every day.

Not real smart there saying they dropped the baby off at the grandparents **18 months** ago knowing full well they hadn't seen him. Sure, here Grandma, watch the kid for a couple hours. Either way, someone (parents or grandparents) would be asking questions on where he had been all that time. Surely, they had Obama phones to call to at least say happy b-day. How much are we paying for these monsters?

3 posted on 09/06/2013 10:38:06 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: pabianice
Mommy Dearest


4 posted on 09/06/2013 10:45:01 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: pabianice

Why do I suspect drug abuse figures in this story somewhere?


5 posted on 09/06/2013 10:53:21 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Gamecock

Ick!


6 posted on 09/06/2013 11:25:22 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: PLMerite
Why do I suspect drug abuse figures in this story somewhere?

It shows in the eyes; one "I needs my fix NOW" and the other "I feel sooo good, now I need a nap"...

7 posted on 09/06/2013 11:31:27 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: bgill

Possibly because there were broken bones, cracked ribs, evidence of violence but they can’t determine the manner or means of how the injuries occurred.

Since 5 month old infants are non-mobile there is no chance the baby inflicted the injuries on himself through accident or misadventure like tumbling down a flight of stairs.


8 posted on 09/06/2013 6:00:30 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Gamecock

http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2013/08/27/11/20/P7KJH.Em.56.jpeg

I see no soul behind those eyes.


9 posted on 09/06/2013 9:05:51 PM PDT by longhorn too
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