A 39-year-old Waverly man was in critical condition Tuesday night with a serious head injury after a fight with his brother Sunday, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies went to a home on the 14600 block of Jamestown Street after a woman called 911 to report an intoxicated Brent Hernandez had attempted to drive with their 18-month-old child in his car, according to court documents.

But when deputies arrived just before 5 p.m., they found Hernandez in a yard with injuries to his face and head, Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister said.

Witnesses told deputies after the mother took the child from Hernandez, he approached his brother, 32-year-old Keith Hernandez, as he sat in the passenger side of a different car. Brent Hernandez allegedly started punching his brother in the head, documents say.

Keith Hernandez jumped out of the car and started punching back. The fight continued into a nearby yard and then the street. When Brent Hernandez fell to the ground, witnesses told investigators Keith Hernandez kicked him in the head, documents say.

Keith Hernandez left before deputies arrived. He was called back to the scene, and deputies interviewed him again at the Sheriff's Office Monday, where he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault.

Brent Hernandez underwent surgery as a result of brain swelling, documents say. His injuries are considered life-threatening, authorities said.

A Lancaster County Court judge ordered Keith Hernandez be held in jail without bond pending a court appearance Thursday.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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