Melbourne man attacks son for catching more fish than he did

Man attacks own son over fishing in Melbourne, Florida.
Man attacks own son over fishing in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A 52-year-old man was arrested Thursday after attacking his son for catching more shrimp and fish than he did, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

Clifford Edward Baird was arrested on a charge of battery domestic violence when he hit and pushed his son over a concrete barrier and into the roadway on East Eau Gallie Blvd, the report said.

At around 6 a.m., a police officer was flagged down by the son who had “red marks on his back” from being pushed into the concrete barrier, according to the report.

The son said his father had been drinking and they got into an argument over their fishing gear. As Baird become more hostile, the son asked him to leave him alone, according to the arrest affidavit.

While they were walking along the concrete barrier, the two got into a physical fight. That’s when the father punched the son with his fist and pushed him over the barrier and into the roadway. The son ran from Baird and yelled “for the love of God, help me” to witnesses, the report said.

Melbourne police determined that Clifford Baird was the primary aggressor and placed him under arrest.

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“I’m going to kill him,” Baird told police, according to the report. “When I get out, I’m going to mess him up,” he said, according to police. “I’m going to kill him and his girlfriend when I get out.”

Baird was transported to the Brevard County Jail at around 7 a.m. this morning. Bond has not been set.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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