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Mother of 2 boys shot in Laredo found dead in El Campo

June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.

The body of 28-year-old Brandy Cerny was found in El Campo on Tuesday evening.

Her two children were found shot earlier Tuesday in a Laredo hotel. One died and the other was in the hospital on life support, according to the Laredo Morning Times.

Cerny's body was found about 5 p.m. outside between the 700 and 800 blocks of Dunlap Street, El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill said.

Police had been searching for her since the shooting at the Holiday Inn-Civic Center in Laredo.

A man shot and killed the 21-month-old boy and critically wounded the 6-year-old boy inside a hotel room before being arrested by officers who had been called to check on the boys and their mother, Laredo Police spokesman Joe Baeza said.

The man was identified as Demond Bluntson, the Times reported.

Police went to the hotel about midday after receiving a call from police in El Campo in Wharton County, saying that Cerny may have checked in there and that the family might be in some kind of trouble, Baeza said.

The desk clerk directed officers to a room on the 14th floor, where they knocked, identified themselves as police and immediately heard several shots, Baeza said. Some of the shots came through the door, he said.

Police cleared the building, which was packed with a convention, then entered the room and arrested the man. Baeza said Bluntson's relationship to the family wasn't immediately clear and that he didn't speak to officers before his arrest.

Cerny's body was discovered by an El Campo resident. Stanphill said they did not have a cause of death as of Tuesday evening. He declined to release any additional details.

Before the mother's body was discovered, the Cerny family was already stunned by the attack on the two boys.

"We're all extremely distraught," Cerny's aunt, Dianne Cerny, told The Associated Press. "Brandy is a bright, beautiful woman, and the boys were both absolutely delightful."

Dianne Cerny told the AP that Bluntson is the father of the younger boy, Davian. She said 6-year-old Jaydin remained on life support Tuesday evening.

"We're all devastated," she said. She described Jaydin as loving football, and said Davian never stopped smiling.

Bluntson is a person of interest in Cerny's death, Stanphill said.

Advocate staff reporter Dianna Wray contributed to this report.



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