SEARCY, Ark. – Police say they now know what happened to Malik Drummond, the 2-year-old who was reported missing in November 2014.

After announcing a second arrest in the case on Thursday, Searcy Police released details surrounding the toddler’s death.

Lesley S. Marcotte, 27, of Springdale faces a charge of hindering apprehension.

Her arrest affidavit reveals what she told police:

  • In an interview on Nov. 23, 2015 in Springdale, Marcotte told Searcy Police that Malik’s father (Jeff Clifton) beat the child on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 and Malik died shortly after. She said Clifton kept his body hidden until early Sunday morning and then took the body and disposed of it, but did not tell her where or how.
  • Marcotte and Clifton then staged the events on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 to report that Malik was missing.
  • Marcotte said she and Clifton tried to come up with a way to frame Malik’s biological mother in the case
  • Clifton came up with the plan to tell police that Malik just walked out the door
  • Marcotte said Clifton told her he would take her down with him if she told anyone what really happened
  • Marcotte told police Clifton left their home around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 and came back around sunrise.
  • Marcotte said Clifton told her to text him about Malik to create the impression that the child was still alive that weekend
In the arrest affidavit for Jeff Clifton released Thursday, the following details about the day Malik died were revealed. 
  • Malik and other children in the household were eating dinner on the coffee table in the living room on Nov. 20, 2014. Malik was not eating and Clifton got mad at him.
  • Clifton took Malik to the bedroom to discipline him and when they came back out, Malik started eating.
  • Malik then drank all of another child’s drink so Clifton got mad at him again and took him back in the room again.
  • When Clifton brought Malik back out, Malik “did not act or look okay.” Clifton refused when he was urged to take Malik to the hospital. Clifton was reportedly scared to take Malik in because of extensive bruising on Malik’s body.
  • Marcotte told police Clifton beat Malik and his twin sister on several occasions, pointing out a bruise on Malik’s lip in one of the pictures on the missing poster she said was inflicted by Clifton.
  • Clifton then put Malik in the bathtub to see how the water would affect him. Later, the other kids were asleep and Malik was in bed between Clifton and Marcotte. She said his legs were cold and his belly was swelling. Malik started making a choking sound and she tried giving him CPR.
  • Clifton wrapped Malik in a robe and took him outside. When Clifton came back in he said “it was too late.”
  • Marcotte became hysterical and Clifton sent her to a neighbor’s apartment to spend the night and she went next door with the other two children.
  • Clifton went to work the next day with Malik’s body in the back seat of his pickup truck. Clifton asked his brother for his vehicle on Saturday. A week after Malik was reported missing, police say a cadaver dog alerted on the interior of that vehicle.
  • Clifton put Malik’s body in the borrowed vehicle before he left to dispose of it. He left his cell phone at home because “he knew it had GPS on it.”
  • Marcotte made a phone call to Clifton on November 24, 2015 which she recorded. When she asked him about someone finding Malik’s body, he told her “We already talked about this. This is not the time to talk about this.”
  • The two then met face-to-face at Clifton’s home on Nov. 25, 2015 during which the following conversation was recorded:
  • Clifton said “they can’t come at you with nothin’. The only person that [would] know is me. All you got to remember is to keep saying you don’t know. I don’t care what they say whatever they is saying, they don’t have anything. I don’t care what they say, they don’t have s*%$. You know this. So I don’t care what they tell you they say it is. ‘No I didn’t. No I didn’t. That’s why I don’t want to say nothin’ about it. Got me spooked.”