Detectives back at home where remains found
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Investigators are back at the scene of a Hallandale beach home after finding human remains believed to belong to a missing baby.
Dantrell Melvin was just 5 months old when family members say he went missing. No one had seen him in 18 months. Now, police said, the child's parents, Calvin Melvin Jr. and Brittney Sierra, are playing the blame game, telling investigators a long list of explanations for the lapse of time when their child went missing and when he was finally reported missing.
Officials are now going through the family's former backyard trying to find any evidence that would confirm what exactly happened to the child and if it is indeed the remains of Dantrell Melvin, who they believe was missing for 18 months.
There was a lot of digging and sifting of dirt on Monday at the home where the child was found. Detectives are still waiting for the medical examiner to confirm whether the remains are those of Melvin.
The parents moved from their Hallandale Beach home to a new home, but it was a new tenant who said that her dog was constantly in the area where human remains were found. Natalie Garrido said, "It was a black Lab, so he would always be in that area. I put two and two together. He was always back out there, for hours. He could stay out there smelling, smelling, smelling..."
Investigators say it could take weeks for the medical examiner to come back with DNA results to see if the bones found behind this home is that of the 5-month-old child.
The parents of the child are now being held in jail but are not being charged with this crime yet. The mother is held at the Broward County Jail and on a $100,000 bond and faces child neglect and cruelty charges. Meanwhile, the father is being held on $150,000 bond and charged with child neglect and cruelty. as well as obstruction of justice.
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