The victim’s sons, Edward Larry Berndt (w/m, DOB: 8-21-62) and Edwin Christian Berndt (w/m, DOB: 8-21-62), are both charged with murder in the 339th State district Court.
The victim, Sybil Berndt, 89, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R. Torres and Senior Police Officer J. Johnston reported:
On Monday (April 11), HPD patrol officers responded to a welfare check at the above address. Officers were granted access to the home by the victim’s sons, Edward and Edwin Berndt. Upon entering, the officers found Ms. Berndt lying dead on the floor.
The Berndt brothers told investigators they were Ms. Berndt’s caregivers and, on January 10, she had sustained injuries from a fall. The sons then left Ms. Berndt on the floor for three days without providing her medical attention, food or water. Ms. Berndt died on January 13.