El Campo man charged in death of second child

By Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
June 22, 2012 at 1:22 a.m.
Updated June 23, 2012 at 1:23 a.m.

The El Campo man police suspect shot two boys in a Laredo hotel room earlier this week has now been charged with the second boy's death.

On Friday, Demond Bluntson, 36, was charged by the Webb County District Attorney's Office with a second count of capital murder in connection with the death of 6-year-old Jaydin Thompson, said Laredo Police Department investigator Joe Baeza.

Bluntson had previously been charged with capital murder of a person under 10 years old in connection with the death of Davian Bluntson, his son and Jaydin's 21-month-old brother.

Bluntson also was charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer. The initial charge of aggravated assault with grievous injury was changed to capital murder after Jaydin died in a San Antonio hospital on Wednesday.

The Wharton County District Attorney's Office charged Bluntson with murder in the death of the mother, 28-year-old Brandy Cerny of El Campo.

Cerny and her sons were last seen leaving church about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When Cerny failed to arrive at work on Monday, her father, Lloyd Cerny, filed a missing person's report.

Laredo police responded to a tip that the family had been seen at the Holiday Inn-Civic Center in Laredo on Tuesday afternoon. Bluntson, Cerny's boyfriend and the father of her youngest son, began firing through the door. Davian was fatally shot and died at the scene. Jaydin was placed on life support and died Wednesday at University Health Center in San Antonio.

Dianne Cerny, the great-aunt of the children, said the family decided to donate his organs.

Cerny's body was found Tuesday evening in a green shack on a vacant lot on the edge of El Campo. She died of a gunshot wound.

The investigation is ongoing. Wharton County District Attorney Josh McCown said the charges may be upgraded to capital murder in the coming days.

"Before you go upgrading to capital murder you've got to prove all the elements of the offense, and we've got to prove that the capital element is present," McCown said. "It's certainly possible it will be upgraded, but we have to do some more investigation to determine that."

There is also some question about where the capital murder charges for the deaths of Jaydin and Davian will be tried. McCown is traveling to Laredo next week to begin discussing whether the cases will be tried in Wharton, where they had lived or in Webb County, where they were shot.

"So much of the action happened in this county as well as down there, so we've got to figure out what's going to be best for the family and the prosecution of the case, and we've got to sit down and look at all the pieces," McCown said.



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