Man in custody after 3 children found dead in Texas apartment

Man in custody after 3 children found dead in Texas apartment

Before the arrest, detectives had said they're looking for a suspect identified as Junaid Hashim Mehmood.

A person of interest was taken into custody after three children were killed in a shooting Thursday night, according to police.

Police made the discoveries at about 6 p.m. local time after someone called police asking that they check on the well-being of the people at an apartment complex in Texas City, about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Houston, officials said in a statement.

Mehmood had earlier been identified as a person of interest in the shootings, but he was initially taken into custody on an unrelated warrant.

He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond.

It's not clear when he started dating Nelson however Mehmood's Facebook posts from at least the past year hinted at his disrespectful attitude towards women.

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Nelson's two other children - Angela Pilot, 5, and Prince Larry Brown, who would have turned 2 in a matter of weeks - were also killed. Police say Nelson was the mother of all three children and that Mehmood was Ashanti's biological father.

Mehmood and Nelson shared an apartment, according to the police statement.

Texas City is about 38 miles southeast of Houston, near Galveston Bay.

Investigators have not indicated a motive in the case. He had worked at a Goodwill store in nearby League City, police said. She was hospitalized at University of Texas Medical Branch Health's John Sealy Hospital.

On Thursday, Texas City police Lt. Kenneth Brown told the Houston Chronicle that the wounded woman is unable to speak to investigators. She remained hospitalized Friday.

The station reported that Mehmood was spotted yelling incoherently as he was being led into the back of a police cruiser. Following both convictions, the court said it was against the law for him to have a firearm. That same year, he was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to a separate robbery charge.

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