New charges for father investigated for missing baby
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A father being investigated for the disappearance of his son was in court, Friday morning where he faced new charges in the case.
The State Attorney's Office has filed five new charges against Calvin Melvin, three are lying to police and two are child neglect charges. "The new charges, I haven't seen any evidence of it in the discovery thus far," said Melvin's defense attorney, Ed Hoeg. "I see no evidence of neglect by Calvin Melvin or abuse or anything that they formally put on the co-defendant. I'm a bit surprised, but, I'm hoping that maybe they'll have more discovery, and there's a reason these charges are added other than just all the pressure the state is feeling about the case."
Melvin's son, Dontrell, was only 5 months old when he was last seen in July 2011. Police said Melvin and Dontrell's mother, Brittney Sierra, gave conflicting stories as to the whereabouts of their son and ultimately blamed the other for the child's disappearance.
Back in January, remains were found in the backyard of a home located at 106 NW First Avenue where the couple once lived. Officials said according to DNA analysis, the remains were that of Dontrell. A cause of death remains unknown. "We're still waiting for the ruling from the medical examiner," said Handle Beach Police Chief Dwayne Floury. "A lot of this really hinges on the determination of the medical examiner and what is his ruling as it relates to the remains that were found."
Melvin will be formally arraigned on the new charges on April 5.
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