The disturbing scenes when a teen supposedly kidnapped a 4-year-old boy from his Texas home—before the boy was discovered deceased on the street—were caught on home surveillance footage.
The Daily Mail has recently released a video of suspect Darriynn Brown, 18, entering Cash Gernon’s room about 5 a.m. and taking a child sleeping just beside his twin brother.
Before grabbing Cash and leaving the room, he seemed to hesitate.
According to police, Cash was brutally murdered with an “edged weapon” less than two hours later, and his corpse was found on a Dallas road by a local.
Brown reportedly returned to the bedroom about 7 a.m., after police claimed Cash had been murdered, and hovered over his twin, Carter, before leaving without disturbing him.
According to their guardian, the teenage suspect did not know the twin brothers, and the assault was unexpected. Carter has been taken from his house by Child Protective Services.
Concerning Cash’s murder, Brown faces charges of abduction and robbery. His bail has been set at $750,000.
Following a criminal investigation, further charges are expected to be laid.
Brown was arrested and held at the Dallas County Jail on Monday, May 17. It is unknown whether he has retained an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Brown previously lived with his parents a half-mile from where Cash’s body was found, court documents from an April 27 misdemeanor charge of evading arrest show.
The boy’s guardian said she did not know what led Brown to target Cash, whose body was subsequently discovered shirtless and shoeless on the street by a jogger early Saturday.
Antwainese Square, 39, was jogging in the neighborhood when she noticed the boy and initially mistook him for a dog in the middle of the street.
“That’s when I noticed the baby had ants at the bottom of his feet. So I knew he was deceased then,” Square told the Morning News. “It was heart-wrenching because this baby could have been no more than five.”
Brown was frequently seen in the city’s Mountain Creek district by some surrounding locals.
“Hard to believe,” Jose Ramirez, a neighbor, said of the boy’s death. “I don’t think [Brown] was in his right mind.”
Police spokesman Albert Martinez said that the boy is believed to have lived in the area. “We are shocked, we are very angry about what has happened to this small child,” he added.