How Long Does It Take To Realize Your Child's Missing?

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Britney Sierra

There is so much wrong with this story -- MailOnline NEWS:

Brittney Sierra, 22, from South Florida, was jailed in January for child neglect resulting in bodily harm after police found the skeletal remains of her five-month-old son Dontrell Melvin buried in the back yard of her former home.

The charges were downgraded yesterday to simple child neglect. She faces ten years in prison if convicted.

She has not been charged with causing the baby's death.

A bit of perspective. A woman who's failed to notice her 5 month old child is missing for a year and a half, is visited by Child Welfare Services 30 times over that 18 month span, failing to produce her child, and it didn't raise some eyebrows? Who led authorities to the unmarked grave in the backyard? She's got to be guilty of more than just child neglect. That's like calling a beheading a kink in the neck.

Here's the video:

I don't get it, truthfully. I guess to know what really went on, you'll have to ask Brittney Sierra about her son, Dontrell. Or maybe ask the child's father, Calvin Melvin Jr.

Chances are they're not talking because they now both blamed each other for the death of their five-month-old son, Dontrell.

So, what does the court do? They lessen the charges against the mother on Monday, then release her without bond so she can have her child.

I have a few questions here. If this mother is possibly the killer of her infant son, after she gives birth to this next child, are they going to let her care for the newborn?

Why are the authorities lessening the charges against this woman? After all, her son Dontrell is dead. We at least know that much. And she never reported him missing. Oh and she is the one who led the authorities to the dead infant's grave. This is child neglect? Seems a bit more serious than that.

And how do you drop charges from child neglect resulting in bodily harm to simple child neglect. I can see murder 1 charges dropped to involuntary manslaughter. But this reduction takes the cake. He hasn't risen from the grave, healthy and good as new, as far as I know. He's still very dead. And that's not simple neglect. A lot's not right here. How can this all be explained?

Oh, yeah, now I get it. This happened in that hotbed of social justice, Florida. What is going on in the Sunshine State?

UPDATE: (9/25/13   7:02 AM PST)

Just hours after Brittney Sierra's release, she was busted again for breaking her terms of release and is now back in police custody. Here is the link to the video of her re-incarceration, courtesy of WSVN - TV, Channel 4, Miami. Looks like her next child is going to be born behind bars. This is a sad story on every level.

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  • David G

    Certainly no justice in Florida.

  • Frances R

    Mind boggling, no justice for poor dead baby.