Mother released from jail to give birth
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of a Hallandale Beach toddler found buried in a backyard will be released from jail to give birth.
After pleading with a judge to be released last month, Brittany Sierra was granted release to give birth to her fourth child, Monday. Sierra was pregnant when she was arrested.
"Hopefully, now that she's out, she'll do the right thing," Defense attorney Dohn Williams said. "Any moment now she's gonna give birth, and we assume at that point and time that the Department of Children and Families will take custody of the newborn child, but at least when she's out she'll be at least afforded the opportunity to have supervised visitation with not only the newborn but her other children."
She will be fitted with an anklet monitor and will then be taken to a home. Once the child is born, the Department of Children and Families will take custody of the newborn, since the boy's father, Calvin Melvin, remains behind bars, awaiting trial for the death of his child with Sierra. The child's remains were found in the backyard of the couple's Hallandale Beach home back in January.
The 5-month-old child had been missing for months before police received an anonymous tip. "This one point in time, I saw him when he was 4 months, then again I saw her, I said, 'Brittany, how's the baby doing?' She used to always say the baby was up the road to Jersey or something like that," an anonymous person said.
Sierra's charges were also lowered, Monday morning, from a second degree felony to a third degree felony. She now stands charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.
Sierra's next hearing is set for Oct. 10.
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