HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a 36-year-old El Campo man accused of fatally shooting his 21-month-old son and critically injuring the child’s 6-year-old brother.
Demond Bluntson is charged with one count of capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant, and one count of aggravated assault.
Bluntson’s arrest came after Laredo police got a call from the El Campo Police Department Tuesday, saying that Brandy Cerny, a woman who was reported missing in El Campo, might be at a Holiday Inn in the area.
Cerny was Bluntson's ex-girlfriend. After checking with the front desk of the hotel, police said they learned that Bluntson had, in fact, rented a room there.
When they went to the room on the 14th floor where they believed Bluntson was staying and identified themselves as cops, they said they heard several gunshots.
One of the bullets went through the door, narrowly missing the two officers.
They immediately called for backup, and police began evacuating the hotel and setting up a perimeter around the property.
At some point, investigators said the two officers entered the room and found Bluntson with two injured boys.
Police detained Bluntson while paramedics tended to the children.
The 6-year-old, identified as Jaydin Thompson, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He was transferred to a hospital in San Antonio Wednesday, where he remained on life support, police said.
The 21-month-old, identified as Davian Bluntson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Later Tuesday afternoon, 250 miles away, the body of the boys’ mother -- Cerny — was found in a dilapidated shed in El Campo, on a property where Bluntson used to keep dogs.
Arthur Washingon, a resident who lives by Bluntson’s property, said he was the one who found Cerny’s body.
"My heart dropped, and I thought about my wife because they were friends, and I thought about my children and thought about her family," said Washington.
He said he was hoping for the best when he began looking for Cerny on Dunlop Street. He remembered her as a friendly mother who was always with her kids.
"She was a great mother, just all around good people to be around," he said.
Cerny was last seen alive with her sons at church on Sunday and was reported missing by her father on Monday.
Family members told KHOU 11 News that Cerny and Bluntson had only recently broken up.
Police have not said if Cerny died prior to the shootings of her sons, and as of Wednesday afternoon, charges had not been filed in connection with her death.
Bluntson was being held in the Webb County Jail without bond.