Clifton Bernard charged with Jamir Shipe's murder

Clifton Bernard was indicted on charges of murder, child abuse and assault. Photo: Prince George's County Police

A 26-year-old Suitland man killed a 2-year-old boy this past May after he climbed onto a piece of furniture, then "disrespected him" with a facial expression, prosecutors say.

In charging documents released Thursday, officials say that Clifton Bernard grabbed 2-year-old Jamir Shipe and shoved him to the floor on May 22, then grabbed him by the face and forced his head through a wall.

Prince George's County Police say that Bernard admitted to killing Jamir, the son of the woman he was in a relationship with, in an interview shortly after the boy was discovered.

A grand jury charged Bernard with murder, child abuse and first and second degree assault.

The alleged incident happened at an apartment in the 3800 block of Swann Road in Suitland while Bernard was taking care of the boy.

At some point, authorities say that Bernard became enraged with Jamir after he climbed onto some furniture inside the home. At that point, he is accused of grabbing the boy by the midsection and throwing him to the floor.

Bernard then admitted to grabbing Jamir by the face and pushing his head into a wall. However, when he called 911, Bernard told dispatchers that the boy was choking on food.

Jamir was suffering from multiple severe injuries, including broken bones in his face and head and total respiratory failure. He died the next day.