A Fort Stewart soldier, currently in jail for allegedly killing a 3-year-old Hinesville girl, was granted bond Monday in Liberty County Superior Court.
Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart set bond at $250,000 cash or $500,000 in property for Trevor Cushman-Clifton. Cushman-Clifton initially was denied bond after his Sept. 1 arrest, but on Monday, Clifton’s public defender Brandon Clark asked for bond again. As of Thursday afternoon, Clifton still was in Liberty County Jail.
On July 27, Hinesville Police Officer John Williams reported on a call to the 600 block of First Street, where he found the child, Journey Symone Richardson, unresponsive.
Reportedly, Clifton was caring for the toddler. Clifton was engaged to Richardson’s mother Morgan Richardson at the time if the incident, the report said.
Clifton told the officer he had heard a loud noise in the girl’s room and found her on the bed with her eyes open and white foam coming from her mouth. He said he tried to revive her, took her to the front of the house and called 911.
The child was pronounced dead at Winn Army Community Hospital, and her body was later taken to the Georgia Bureau of investigation crime lab for autopsy.
Hinesville Police Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs said evidence suggesting blunt-force trauma gave them sufficient cause to arrest Clifton.
According to the arrest warrants, Clifton was charged with murder for allegedly striking the child with his hands and fists, causing cerebral injuries and covering her mouth and nose so that she could not breathe. Injuries also were noted on other parts of her body. He also was charged with cruelty to children.