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Death of Dontrell Melvin, Fla. toddler not reported missing for 18 months, ruled homicide

Dontrell Melvin CBS Miami

Dontrell Melvin
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(CBS/AP) HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A South Florida medical examiner says 5-month-old Dontrell Melvin, the baby boy whose remains were found buried in the backyard of a home in January, was the victim of a homicide.

The Broward County medical examiner's autopsy was released Friday in the case of the infant who was not reported missing for 18 months after he apparently disappeared.

The autopsy says the boy died by "violence of undetermined means."

Although Dontrell went missing in July 2011, no one reported him missing until January 2013 after child welfare investigators responded to a call on January 9 and found only two children when there should have been three, CBS Miami reports.

The boy's parents are currently in jail, with 21-year-old Brittney Sierra facing neglect charges and 27-year-old Calvin Melvin charged with giving police false information.

The parents have blamed each other in statements to police. The autopsy results could mean more serious charges against them.

The mother's attorney called the autopsy results vague.

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