Published: Jan 11, 2013 6:02 AM EST
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 11:14 AM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It took more than a year, but authorities in South Florida are searching for a child who went missing when he was just 5 months old.
 
Hallandale Beach police said Thursday that Dontrell Melvin was last seen in July 2011 his father left with him, but returned home alone. They say 27-year-old Calvin Melvin Jr. told the boy's mother that he'd given him to his parents so Dontrell could have a better life.
 
The boy's mother waited more than a year to report him missing.
 
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/WI4vtC ) reports child protective services also failed to act after a call was received at their abuse hotline last fall.
 
On Thursday night police said the boy's was at the police station. He's considered a person of interest.