SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 6-year-old boy has died after authorities say he was shot by his mother's boyfriend at a South Texas hotel in an attack that also killed his 1-year-old half-brother, a family member said Thursday.
Jaydin Thompson's great-aunt Dianne Cerny, who has been speaking on behalf of the family since the Tuesday shooting, said the boy was taken off life support Wednesday. Margaret Gallegos with University Hospital in San Antonio said the boy died at 6:08 p.m.
Jaydin's 21-month-old half-brother, Davian Bluntson, was fatally shot in the Tuesday incident at a Laredo hotel.
Demond Bluntson, the younger boy's father, is charged with capital murder in the Laredo shooting. The 36-year-old could face yet more charges in El Campo where police believe he killed his 28-year-old girlfriend Brandy Cerny — the boys' mother — and dumped her body at a property where his father lives.
El Campo police Chief Stanphill said a preliminary autopsy determined Brandy Cerny likely died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Cerny and her sons were last seen in church Sunday in El Campo. Her father reported her missing Monday morning after she did not show up for work. Dianne Cerny described Jaydin as being just like his mother.
"He always had an arm around someone especially his mom and little brother and he was always laughing and smiling and loving life," she said Thursday.
On Tuesday morning, El Campo police called their counterparts in Laredo to check on a lead that the family had checked into a Laredo Holiday Inn. Laredo police said they later determined only Bluntson and the boys had checked in.
Officers knocked on their room door about midday Tuesday and immediately heard several gunshots, including one that just missed officers through the door.
Police say when they entered the room, they found Bluntson had shot and killed Davian and wounded Jaydin. The boys' mother's body was found hours later, in a green shack hidden among trees behind a small house and a mobile home, in El Campo.