Mother of pregnant woman in jail speaks out
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Brittney Sierra-- the expectant mother accused of having a hand in her other child's death-- will have to wait yet another day to try and get released from jail to give birth. Meanwhile, her mother is speaking out to offer her take on all that is going on with her daughter and her deceased grandchild.
Renee Menendez spoke at the Broward County Courthouse where 22-year-old Sierra was ordered to remain in jail after a family friend changed her mind about taking Sierra in for her to give birth. She is due to deliver any time now. "She doesn't want to have the baby in jail," Menendez said.
Sierra remains behind bars Thursday, charged in connection with the death of her young son, Dontrell Melvin, whose small body was found in January, buried in the backyard of the Hallandale Beach home she shared with the toddler's father, Calvin Melvin. He remains behind bars, awaiting trial for the death of the child.
Her mother today said it is her hope that her daughter is one day reunited with all her children. "Brittney's very stressed out," said Menendez, "very emotional. You know, she had false hope. Then she's just devastated."
For now, she will be allowed out only to deliver the baby in the hospital, but once the child is born, she will go back to jail to await her trial. Also, once the child is born, the Department of Children and Families will take custody of the newborn due to the fact that the soon-to-be mother of four is implicated in the death of one of her babies. Neither she nor the father have been charged with murder. "I have to live with that," said Menendez. "You know what I mean? But I'm not responsible. All I did was take care of my family the best I could."
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, had stepped forward and agreed to house her during the birth, which would also probably allow her supervised visits with her child. However, Sierra was put back behind bars after the caretaker said she no longer wanted to take her in. "I changed my mind because I never knew what she did," said Georges.
Sierra now remains in jail, ready to give birth at any moment. "She's going to have the fight of her life to do everything she has to do to get 'em back," said Menendez about the children, "and I'm going to be right by her side. I'm not going away."
That will prove to be a very long battle. Sierra's already lost custody of her two other children and is charged with child neglect in the case of Melvin.
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