Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dad gets 10 years for death of 5-month-old son found buried in backyard (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Dad is identified as CALVIN MELVIN.

Father sentenced to 10 years in toddler's death
Posted: Sep 25, 2015 3:53 PM EST Updated: Sep 25, 2015 4:12 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida father has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars in the death of his 5-month-old son, who was found buried in a backyard.

Twenty-nine-year-old Calvin Melvin had been charged with child neglect and lying to officials to cover up the whereabouts and death of his son, Dontrell. The child's remains were later found in the backyard of a Hallandale Beach home, back in January 2013.

The boy was last seen in July 2011, but he was not reported missing until January 2013.

Melvin was sentenced to five years on each count of providing false information to police. After pleading no contest to the falsifying information charge, his charge of child neglect was dropped. Prosecutors said on three separate occasions, Melvin lied about the boy's whereabouts.

Melvin's girlfriend and Dontrell's mother, Brittney Sierra, was also charged. However, all charges against her were later dropped.