No One Reported Missing Baby for 18 Months & Now a Body’s Been Found Buried in Backyard

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missing babyThis bizarre case is as mind-boggling as it is sad, and I want to warn you, there isn't a happy ending. A child went missing when he was 5 months old, and no one, it seems, cared to look for him. Calvin Melvin Jr., 27, was the last one to see his son Dontrell when he allegedly dropped him off at his parents' house back in July of 2011. Shockingly (and horrifyingly), 18 months went by before anyone cared to notice that Dontrell was missing.

It was just this week when authorities were called to the Melvins' home on a neglect case and found only two of the three children present. When the parents were questioned about their third, Dontrell, things got even sadder.

Dontrell's mom said she assumed he was with his paternal grandparents, but the grandparents said they hadn't seen the baby in over a year. Dad Calvin changed his story a bunch, then settled on saying he actually dropped Dontrell off at a local fire station under the Safe Haven law. No record was found of that, so police had to dig deeper.

After 12 hours of questioning, both Calvin and Dontrell's mother intimated to police that they should search the backyard to see if they found anything. Investigators took shovels to the ground and it wasn't long before they found human remains. The medical examiner will take a look, but it's assumed to be the body of baby Dontrell. The parents have been arrested.

This all could've been solved months ago had authorities followed up with a tip left on their child services hotline. Amazingly, child services did not properly pursue the case when Dontrell's mother called them back in October reporting Dontrell missing. The write-up at the time even stated, "It is not known if the child is alive", yet nothing was done -- the sheriff's office never heard of the case because child services evidently had it "screened out."

There are so many questions surrounding this case -- was Dontrell alive back in October? Did the mom know about, or partake, in his murder? Why didn't the authorities investigate months ago? What will happen to the two kids, assumed to be Dontrell's siblings, who were living in that home? -- but as of now, there are no answers. Little Dontrell is assumed dead and no amount of questions nor answers can bring that sweet baby back.

Can you believe this?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Great family dynamics there, icluding grandparents. Unreal.

MrsYo... MrsYoung1287

That happened like 20 mins from me. They all should be in prison, hopefully its not another casey anthony trial.

gem09... gem092011

Oh my word. That is so incredibly sad on so many levels. What a gorgeous little boy. :(

dirti... dirtiekittie

no real mother would just accept that her baby was given to someone else "to have a better life" and never check up on him. either she is guilty as well, or she cared too much about her own life to worry about the poor child she gave birth to. these people make me sick and i hope they all rot. 

mleil... mleilanim

Sad. At least they cared enough to bury him in the backyard; as opposed to a muddy marsh a couple miles away like trash.....

tuffy... tuffymama

And I bet they make more babies. Ugh.

And good people go infertile.

wamom223 wamom223

Wow tuffy that was what I was thinking.  I know I'm not suppose to say it but it is sad that people like this can have as many babies as they want.  I really really hope those other kids get a better life out of this and I hope social services is held responsible.  How do you not even look into this?

shygr... shygrl3cccm

It upsets me Child Services don't have a better follow up procedure.

shygr... shygrl3cccm

Breaks my heart :( He was a handsome little thing, may he rest in peace.

Nycti... Nyctimene

Child Services fails the vast majority of children under it's [so called] protection. Give all the bunk you want about over-worked Social Workers. If you can't do the job, pass it to someone who can. They make all these excuses about why they can't do the job they're supposed to and agreed to do but then keep information like those tips for themselves and don't alert the police.

It needs to be burned to the ground. Completely useless, totally corrupt. I think more kids die in 'CPS approved' foster homes than in their original homes that they were removed from.

Not surprised that they failed this little guy either. Hope it burns on their conscience forever and ever. They should have a wall in the front of each office that has pictures of the children that died as a result of their inaction so that every employee has to see it every time they walk in the door. Might get them to take their jobs a bit more seriously.

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