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Dontrell Melvin Missing: No one reported Fla. baby's disappearance for 18 months

Police are looking for Dontrell Melvin, who has not been seen since July 2011. Pete Abut/WFOR

Police are looking for Dontrell Melvin, who has not been seen since July 2011.
Pete Abut/CBS Miami
(CBS/WFOR) HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Police in Florida are searching for a child who was last seen in July 2011, but who wasn't reported missing for over 18 months.

According to CBS Miami, Dontrell Melvin would be just about to turn two-years-old now. He was last seen when was about five-months-old, police said.

Police say they learned of the disappearance on Wednesday night, when a child services worker went to the toddler's home in Hallandale Beach to check on an unrelated case, CBS Miami reports. Investigators said when the worker arrived, she noticed one of the children was unaccounted for.

Police reportedly said the boy's father, 27-year-old Calvin Melvin, told her he'd left the boy with his parents, but when the caseworker checked with the child's grandparents they said they hadn't seen him.

After being questioned, investigators said Melvin changed his story, claiming that he took advantage of the safe harbor statute and left the child in the bay of the fire station in his stroller after knocking on several doors. Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said he did not buy that story.

"There's a child that's out there," Flournoy said. "(I) don't know what happened to this child. But the story that the child was left at a fire station, I don't believe it. I don't believe it at all."

Police said they checked with the fire station and the Safe Harbor program, and there's no record of a child being dropped off at that location during that time, CBS Miami reports.

According to the station, Melvin and the boy's mother have two other children together, both of whom are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Anyone with information about missing boy Dontrell Melvin should contact the Hallandale Beach Police Dept. or Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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