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The Latest: Assault charge for man held after Texas slayings

January 4, 2019

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of three children in Texas (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

Authorities say a person of interest in the fatal shooting of three children in Southeast Texas has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Texas City Police said in a statement Friday that 27-year-old Junaid Hashim Mehmood is being held without bond. Police didn’t say what incident the charge was related to, and police haven’t returned a phone message seeking clarity.

Police say additional charges are expected Friday.

Mehmood was taken into custody Thursday night on an unrelated warrant after the children were found dead and 24-year-old Kimaria Nelson was found shot in the head in their apartment in Texas City.

Police identified the children as 1-month-old Ashanti Mehmood, almost 2-year-old Prince Larry Brown and 5-year-old Angela Pilot. Police say Nelson was the mother of all three children and that Mehmood was Ashanti’s biological father. He lived in the apartment with them.

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10 a.m.

Police say a person of interest in the fatal shooting of three children and the wounding of a woman has been arrested on an unrelated warrant in Southeast Texas.

Texas City Police say 27-year-old Junaid Hashim Mehmood surrendered and was jailed Thursday night.

The police statement doesn’t describe the warrant nor explain the relationship between Mehmood, the wounded women and the children. Investigators haven’t indicated a motive.

Police making a welfare check at Pointe Ann Apartments in Texas City Thursday evening found an infant, a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old dead. The woman had been shot in the head.

Texas City police Lt. Kenneth Brown described the woman’s injuries as severe and told the Houston Chronicle that she couldn’t speak.

Texas City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

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