Person of interest in slaying of 3 Texas children charged

Published 01-04-2019

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DALLAS (AP) - The father of one of three children found shot to death in Southeast Texas was charged Friday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said, but has not been named a suspect in the killings.

The Texas City Police Department said in a statement that 27-year-old Junaid Hashim Mehmood was arrested late Thursday, just hours after the slain children and their wounded mother were discovered by officers in an apartment in Texas City. The mother, 24-year-old Kimaria Nelson, had been shot in the head.

Galveston County assistant district attorney Kevin Petroff said Friday that Mehmood has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the attack on Nelson.

Mehmood had earlier been identified as a person of interest in the shootings, but he was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Petroff said was it a misdemeanor warrant for providing alcohol to a minor.

Police have not identified Mehmood as a suspect in the killings but said more charges would come Friday. He was being held in Galveston County Jail without bond. No attorney is listed for Mehmood in jail records.

Police officers responding to a request for a welfare check at an apartment in Texas City Thursday evening discovered the bodies of 1-month-old Ashanti Mehmood, Prince Larry Brown, who would have turned 2 later this month, and 5-year-old Angela Pilot. Nelson was alive but unable to speak, police said.

Police said Mehmood is Ashanti's biological father and lived with the family at the apartment where the children were killed, police said. Texas City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

Nelson was taken the University of Texas Medical Branch in nearby Galveston. Police said she was in stable condition Thursday evening. A hospital spokesman said Friday he had no information for a patient by her name.

Police said Mehmood is Ashanti's biological father and lived with the family at the apartment where the children were killed, police said. Texas City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

Nelson was taken the University of Texas Medical Branch in nearby Galveston. Police said she was in stable condition Thursday evening. A hospital spokesman said Friday he had no information for a patient by her name.

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