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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An infant and a toddler were shot to death in a South Texas hotel room Tuesday and a man officers found in the room with them was arrested, 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.

Police went to the Holiday Inn-Civic Center after receiving a call from someone 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 hotel desk 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 the hospital and died a short time later, Baeza said.

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