Hallandale Woman Responsible for Baby's Death Wants to Be Freed From Jail to Give Birth
Brittney Sierra, who was charged with child neglect in connection with the death of her 5-month-old baby, wants a judge to let her out of jail.
So she can give birth to another baby.
The remains of the baby, who had been missing since July 2011, were found in the Hallandale Beach home of Sierra and the child's father during a routine check by a child welfare investigator.
Now Sierra has asked a Broward judge to reduce her $100,000 bond so that she could be out of jail when she delivers her baby.
You'll be shocked to know that Sierra isn't a very good mother. Though letting a baby disappear and then die is proof enough of that. But there's more.
According to at least one neighbor, she did drugs in front of her three other children and was often seen with different men, all who looked messed up from drugs, coming in and out of her home.
Then, when the body of the baby was discovered, Sierra, and the father, Calvin Melvin Jr., began to point the finger at each other for the death of the child.
Both had initially told police they had given their son to their respective family to care for. Melvin told police he gave the child to his parents, who live in Pompano Beach, 18 months prior to the baby being discovered missing.
But when the story was followed up on, the grandparents had no idea what the investigator was talking about.
Sierra and Melvin were arrested and charged with child neglect resulting in bodily harm and are facing up to 15 years in prison.
Melvin was also charged with two counts of lying to investigators.
On Thursday, Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry heard Sierra's request and turned her down.
He did ask prosecutors to help alleviate her situation in jail so that she can give birth. But letting her out of jail was not happening.
For the record, pregnant inmates have access to medical assistance and are taken to a hospital to give birth.
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