Calvin told police he had a bad feeling.
“‘I don’t want that f------ baby anymore,’” Melvin quoted Sierra as saying.
But Sierra had a different story to tell.
The last time she saw Dontrell, she said, Melvin was pushing him in his stroller from their home, walking to a store for cigarettes.
An hour later, he returned without the baby.
He told her he had run into his mother and given her the baby because he and Sierra were having financial problems.
Sierra told police she begged to visit her baby, but Melvin always had an excuse.
Three times she called Annie Melvin’s home to ask about Dontrell, and each time she was told the child wasn’t there, according to the state attorney’s office documents.
“Based on the arguments, Sierra accepted that Dontrell was OK with Melvin’s family and moved on day after day without Dontrell in her life,” Hallandale Beach detectives wrote.
Sierra became pregnant with her third child; Melvin is that boy’s father.
On Friday, Sierra’s attorney, Dohn Williams Jr. said he had not yet seen the medical examiner’s ruling on Dontrell’s death, but it would have to be “scrutinized.”
Right now, the charges Sierra faces are based on her not reporting that her baby was missing, not that she physically hurt him, he said.
“They are going to have to make a determination of who they think physically harmed the child,” Williams said.
Melvin’s attorney, Ed Hoeg, also said he hadn’t see the ruling yet, but said he would “have to look at the evidence.”
“I want to know what they are basing this ruling on.”
While police say Melvin and Sierra have not yet been charged in the baby’s death, Bob Jarvis, a Nova Southeastern University law professor, said given the evidence, more severe charges are likely.
“It seems clear that the charges are going to be upgraded to murder, at least initially,” he said. “The evidence certainly points in that direction.”