- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A judge has found an Arkansas father mentally fit for trial on a capital murder charge in the death of his 2-year-old son.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( https://bit.ly/1V59loD ) that White County Circuit Judge Robert Edwards accepted a mental evaluation Thursday for 43-year-old Jeffery Clifton from the Arkansas State Hospital saying Clifton is fit to stand trial on the charge.

Clifton was arrested and charged in December in the death of his son, Malik Drummond. He has pleaded not guilty.

The boy was reported missing in November 2014 and his body was found in a vacant lot in neighboring Jackson County in December 2015.

Clifton’s ex-girlfriend told police the toddler died after being disciplined by Clifton, and that Clifton had refused to seek medical attention for the boy.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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