El Campo man charged in connection with girlfriend's death
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Hours after 6-year-old Jaydin Thompson, of El Campo, died in a San Antonio hospital, Wharton County officials charged the man they believe shot the boy in connection with killing the child's mother.
Jaydin Thompson and his 21-month-old brother, Davian Bluntson, were shot in a hotel in Laredo on Tuesday.
Davian died at the scene. Jaydin died of his injuries on Wednesday evening at University Health System in San Antonio.
Demond Bluntson - the 36-year-old El Campo man thought to be responsible for the three deaths - remains in police custody in Laredo.
The body of the children's mother, 28-year-old Brandy Cerny, was discovered in a shed in a vacant lot on the edge of El Campo.
Cerny's father, Lloyd Cerny, had filed a missing person's report after learning his daughter had failed to show up for work on Monday morning. Police initially thought she was with Bluntson and the children in Laredo, but her body was discovered about 5 p.m. Tuesday in her hometown.
Police think she was shot and killed in a shed between the 700 and 800 blocks of Dunlap St., El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill said. Bluntson, Cerny's boyfriend and the father of Davian, was charged with murder on Thursday evening, according to the Associated Press.
The Wharton County District Attorney Josh McCown said the charge could be upgraded to capital murder.
Laredo police arrived at the Holiday Inn-Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon, responding to a tip that the family had been located there and might be in trouble.
Bluntson is accused of shooting at police through the door after already killing Davian and gravely injuring Jaydin.
El Campo investigators were in Laredo on Thursday, attempting to interview Bluntson, who has remained to authorities.
The Webb County District Attorney's Office charged Bluntson with one count of capital murder of a child under 6 years old, two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated assault resulting in grievous bodily injury.
Laredo Police Department Investigator Joe Baeza said the charges would most likely change in the wake of Jaydin's death, but the Webb County District Attorney's Office had not made a decision as of Thursday.
Jaydin was taken off life support Wednesday and died of his injuries on Wednesday.
Members of the Cerny family, longtime residents of El Campo, are leaning on each other in the wake of the sudden loss of Cerny and her sons, said Dianne Cerny, the great-aunt of the two boys.
"It's devastating," she said. "We are coping with it by relying on our faith, our strength as a family, our friends and the community."
When they learned he would not recover, Jaydin's relatives chose to donate his organ tissues.
As the family struggles to make sense of the tragedy, Dianne Cerny said they take comfort in donating the boy's tissues and in anything positive that can be wrenched from the loss of their loved ones.
"It is extremely painful, but even a small amount of good coming from this is good," she said.