Woman changes mind on housing pregnant jailbird
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of the Hallandale Beach toddler found buried in a backyard was sent back to jail after a woman who promised to house her during her labor changed her mind.
Brittany Sierra was released from jail to give birth to her fourth child, Monday. However, she was put back behind bars after the caretaker said she no longer wanted to take her in. Sierra, who has been pregnant since she was arrested was experiencing labor pains, Tuesday night, and was brought back to Broward General. "She was showing signs of labor last night," said Sierra's attorney, Dohn Williams. "They took her to the hospital, she was there for about four hours. The baby could be born anytime."
However, it was a false alarm, and she was taken back to jail.
Yolande Georges, who knows Sierra's mother, agreed to house her during the birth. "I know her mother long, long, long time," said Georges. "She was like, please, please, help me."
Georges had agreed to help until someone told her the full story. Sierra's other child, 2-year-old Dontrell Melvin, had been missing for 18 months until he was found buried in the backyard of Sierra's Hallandale Beach home. A home she once shared with the baby's father, Calvin Melvin, who also sits behind bars, awaiting trial for the death of that child.
"Once someone talked to me about what she had done, my Lord! I changed my mind because I never knew what she do," said Georges. "The situation is very terrible. I tell the mother, 'I am very sorry.'" She said, as a servant of God, she could not morally do it. "The problem made me very afraid, give me problems."
Sierra was seen in court Wednesday morning mouthing to her mother, "Don't cry. I love you."
Sierra is now looking for another place to go to for the birth of her child. "I didn't find her mother to be a suitable placement because you have to remember the allegations she is faced with occurred while she was living under her mother's roof," said Williams.
A family relative has come forward saying they will be able to take care of Sierra until the baby is born. There will be a hearing Thursday to decide whether that person is suitable to take Sierra in.
Once the child is born, the Department of Children and Families will take custody of the newborn.
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