Cash Gernon was a Dallas child who was kidnapped while he was sleeping, his distraught mother Cash Gernon said. The boy was sleeping when a suspect, identified by cops as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown.
Police arrested Darriynn Brown, 18, and charged him with kidnapping and theft.
He was 4 years old.
Cash Gernon Killed
Officers were called to the area near Saddleridge and Wood Homestead drives, where the child’s body was found, Executive Assistant Chief Albert Martinez said.
Police believe the child was killed around 5:30 a.m. His identity has not been released, but police said he was four years old. Investigators think he lived in the community.
Martinez did not provide details about how the child was killed but said police believe an “edged weapon” was used.
Darriynn Brown Arrested
Police on Sunday identified 18-year-old Darriynn Brown as the man arrested in connection with the case. He has been charged with kidnapping and also faces a charge of theft. Police anticipate additional charges pending results from forensic analysis.
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Brown was being held in the Dallas County jail on Sunday with bail set at $750,000.
Martinez described the circumstances as “unusual,” but did not provide additional information.
“Unfortunately a small child was lost today in our city through a violent act and we will pursue justice to find whoever did this and bring some sort of closure, not only to the family but to the community,” Martinez said. “…We are shocked, we are very angry about what has happened to this small child.”
Antwainese Square, who lives in the neighborhood, said she was out for a morning to walk around 6:40 a.m. when she saw what she thought was a dog in the street. As she got closer, she could tell she was looking at a body and called 911.
“The baby didn’t have shoes, he didn’t have a shirt on and he was just laying there …,” Square said.
Square, a mother of three and educator, said she no longer feels safe in the neighborhood.
“For a kid to have to go through that, that’s just disturbing, and that’s disturbing for me to carry all day,” she said.
Dallas Police Department units, including child abuse and homicide, are investigating, and the FBI’s crime scene unit has been called to assist.
Law enforcement canvassed the area Saturday, knocking on doors and interviewing potential witnesses. Toronto Alford said they did not hear until police arrived at their door around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Alford has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years.