Suitland man told police he killed 2-year-old because boy ‘disrespected’ him

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A 26-year-old Suitland man killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son by smashing him headfirst through a wall, prosecutors said in newly released court documents.

Clifton Bernard, who weighs 180 pounds and is 5 feet 10 inches tall, told police he attacked the toddler because he felt the child had disrespected him, sources with knowledge of the case said.

Mr. Bernard is scheduled to appear in Prince George’s County District Court on Friday on charges of murdering Jamir Shipe.

Court documents state that at about 8 a.m. on May 22 in an apartment in the 3800 block of Swan Road in Suitland, Mr. Bernard “became enraged” with Jamir, who had climbed onto a piece of furniture.

Mr. Bernard “violently grabbed [Jamir] by the upper torso and forced him to the floor,” court records state.

Mr. Bernard “admitted to grabbing [Jamir] by the face and forcing his head through the apartment wall.” Court records state that Mr. Bernard called 911 and told the operator that Jamir had choked on food and needed medical attention.

Jamir was hospitalized with multiple rib fractures and severe head injuries, including internal bleeding around his skull, blown pupils, scalp swelling, and multiple bruises. The boy died the next day.

Mr. Bernard’s public defender did not return a call requesting a comment.

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