Darriynn Brown has been identified as the prime suspect in the murder of 4-year-old Cash Gernon. Gernon was found dead on a Dallas street after reportedly being kidnapped during the night. The boy’s mother was asleep at the time and woke up to the disturbing revelation.
A jogger found Cash Gernon in the street, his shirt and shoes were stripped from his body. He reportedly suffered multiple wounds from what police describe as an “edged weapon”.
The body was identified by the 4-year-old’s mother on Sunday. Gernon, who was described as “happy-go-lucky” was reportedly sleeping when the suspect, Darriynn Brown, 18, broke into the home and snatched the boy. Brown, who kidnapped the boy on Saturday night, entered in through the back door.
There is no apparent connection between Brown and the 4-year-old boy. Gernon’s mother told police that the teen did not know Cash, but there has been no confirmation about whether the mother was familiar with the suspect.
Police identified the alleged kidnapper through surveillance tapes, though additional footage has been requested by investigators who hope to piece together the entire crime with neighbors’ footage. Residents of the city told WFAA that Brown was a regular of the Mountain Creek section of the city.
It is “hard to believe,” according to Jose Ramirez, one of Cash Gernon’s neighbors. “I don’t think [Darriynn Brown] was in his right mind.”
According to his account, cops quickly bombarded the area over the weekend after the boy’s body was found. “They were back in the alley, looking through trash containers to see if they could find any type of evidence,” he recounted. “They went down the street, and they spent a good time down there.”
The body was found by a jogger, who initially thought it was a dead dog before realizing it was a child. Antwainese Square, 39, explained “that’s when I noticed the baby had ants at the bottom of his feet. So I knew he was deceased then.” Square described the scene as “heart-wrenching because this baby could have been no more than 5.”
Darriynn Brown was arrested in connection with the boy’s disappearance and murder. He is being held in the Dallas County jail as of Sunday morning. His bond is set at $750,000 and is facing kidnapping and theft charges. Homicide detectives are looking into the case to determine if Brown should be charged with additional charges. Forensic analysis must be complete for further charges to be placed.
Brown was arrested in April for a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest, but those charges are still pending. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor bracelet, however, there have been no reports that confirm who was wearing it at the time of the kidnapping.
Darriynn Brown lives with his parents, who also support him financially. His address is only half a mile from where Cash Gernon’s body was found in Dallas.
A temporary memorial has emerged in the spot where Gernon’s body was found. Katie Guillen, a resident of the city, dropped off flowers. “It’s just so sad that someone woke up this morning and lost their child without a warning,” she admitted. “How do you throw away someone’s body like he’s nothing? He’s someone’s kid.”
Cash Gernon had a twin brother who was placed in state custody over the weekend. Their mother is currently mourning the death of her son. There is no information regarding whether her other son will return to her once the investigation is complete.