Cash Gernon, a “happy-go-lucky” 4-year-old child, was discovered dead on the roadway in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive on a Saturday morning at roughly 6:50 a.m., according to the Dallas Police Department. The youngster, who received many injuries from a “edged weapon,” was recognized by his mother, who said her son was taken as he slept.
According to Cash’s mother, a suspect barged into their house via a rear door and stole him before his naked and shoeless corpse was found in the street by a jogger early that dreadful Saturday. He is thought to have died before 5 a.m. According to the devastated mom, surveillance footage caught the abduction.
Detectives toured the area, investigated the neighborhood, and appealed to the public for assistance, particularly any neighbors who may have had further video evidence of the event that may help them piece together what occurred. Cops were finally able to identify the abduction suspect as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown and apprehend him. Here is when things become even scarier.
Long-time neighbors say Darriynn Brown was often seen roaming around the area, but the boy’s anguished mom had no clue what prompted him to target her kid. While other neighbors stated Brown was often spotted in the city’s Mountain Creek neighborhood, Cash Gernon’s mom said Brown didn’t know her kid and that they had no contact.
Darriynn Brown, 18, resided with his parents, who support him financially, roughly a half-mile away from where Cash’s corpse was discovered, according to court filings. Brown was charged with abduction and theft in connection with the boy’s murder, with further charges in the homicide investigation likely pending a forensic review, according to officials. Meanwhile, Brown was ordered detained at the Dallas County Prison on a $750,000 bail, according to court documents.
Unfortunately, this was not the teen’s first brush with the police. Brown was wearing an ankle monitoring device for a previous offense at the time of Cash’s murder, as per officials. Brown was arrested for escaping arrest less than three weeks before the abduction and murder of the 4-year-old child. Cash Gernon’s death was all the more pointless and terrible since the case was still open.
Cash Gernon is survived by a twin sibling, who was apparently in state custody after Brown’s arrest, according to the bereaved mom. Cash’s death has understandably upset the community. They are horrified and outraged by what has occurred to this tiny kid, said police spokesperson Albert Martinez. Neighbors had similar feelings.
Katie Guillen, a neighbor who had gone by to deliver flowers to the developing impromptu monument where the 4-year-old boy’s corpse was discovered, voiced her horror and despair.
Antwainese Square, who discovered Cash’s corpse and first mistook it for a dog until seeing his arms and legs, was likewise highly shocked and disturbed.
Undoubtedly, it’s heartbreaking and terrifying to believe that a neighborhood kid would arbitrarily target a small child, breaking in and snatching the sleeping youngster in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, we live in a terrible world, so we must be watchful. Lock your doors, be aware of your surroundings, report anything suspicious, and, most importantly, be ready to defend yourself and your loved ones if a threat approaches your door.