Two-year-old Suitland boy dies, caregiver charged, police say

May 26, 2013

A two-year-old Suitland boy died Thursday after being found critically injured earlier, the Prince George’s County police said. They said on Saturday that a man who was caring for the child has been charged with murder.

Police identified the child Saturday as Jamir Khaden Shipe, of the 3800 block of Swann Road. They said he was found Wednesday after police were called to Swann Road. He was taken to a hospital and treated for a head injury and other injuries, they said.

Police said Clifton Edward Bernard, 26, who was “in a relationship” with the boy’s biological mother, was charged at first with attempted murder and child abuse.

The charges were amended after the child died, police said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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