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Texas Hotel Shooting: Officers 'Fear The Worst' For Brandy Cerny, Mother Of Fatally Wounded Boy

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This undated image provided by the Laredo Police shows Brandy Cerny, mother of an infant and a toddler who were found shot in a hotel room Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Laredo, Texas. Police said a man found in the room with them was arrested and they were still looking for the boys' 28-year-old mother, and fearing the worst. The infant was declared dead at the scene, while the toddler was taken to the hospital and is on life support. (AP Photo/Laredo Police)
This undated image provided by the Laredo Police shows Brandy Cerny, mother of an infant and a toddler who were found shot in a hotel room Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Laredo, Texas. Police said a man found in the room with them was arrested and they were still looking for the boys' 28-year-old mother, and fearing the worst. The infant was declared dead at the scene, while the toddler was taken to the hospital and is on life support. (AP Photo/Laredo Police)

McALLEN, Texas — A man shot and killed an infant and critically wounded a toddler inside a South Texas hotel room before being arrested by officers who had been called to check on the boys and their mother, police said.

Officers still were looking for the boys' 28-year-old mother, Brandy Cerny, and "fearing the worst," Laredo Police spokesman Joe Baeza said several hours after the shooting at the Holiday Inn-Civic Center.

Police went to the hotel about midday after receiving a call from police in El Campo, a city more than 200 miles northeast of Laredo, 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 room's door, he said.

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

The infant was declared dead at the scene, while the toddler was taken to a hospital and remained on life support Tuesday evening, Baeza said.

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