Why didn't Monica Sherrod hear Darriynn Brown break in? Cash Gernon suspect entered house by breaking back door

The caretaker of the slain Texas toddler is now being targeted as the 'mastermind' behind the tragedy.


                            Why didn't Monica Sherrod hear Darriynn Brown break in? Cash Gernon suspect entered house by breaking back door
Monica Sherrod (left) is being considered a 'mastermind' in the alleged killing of Cash Gernon by Darriynn Brown (Dallas Police)
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DALLAS, TEXAS: At 10 am on May 15, 2021, Monica Sherrod woke up to find four-year-old Cash Gernon missing. An hour later, at 11 am, Sherrod called 911 to report the child missing. But it was too late by then. At 6:45 am, local resident Antwainese Square found Gernon stabbed to death and wearing nothing but a pair of shorts. She would be the first to call 911 - even before the woman who was taking care of Gernon and his twin brother at the time. 

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Later, an investigation would reveal that 18-year-old Darriynn Brown broke into their home on 7500 block of Florina Parkway and snatched Cash while he was sleeping next to his brother Carter. The case is ever-so twisted not only because of the violent nature of the crime but also because of the twisted way it was carried out. 

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A photo of Cash Gernon, the victim (Dallas Police)

Sherrod took the kids in

The sons of her ex-boyfriend, 31-year-old Trevor Gernon, Cash and Carter moved in with Sherrod in February. In March, after Trevor suddenly fled after getting into legal troubles, she reportedly started raising the boys herself. 

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"I loved those boys. They were not even my biological boys. I brought them into my home. I had made this room for them," Sherrod said. 

Cash's abduction and subsequent death left her broken. "I just couldn't face this [the room in which the twins slept] before, the pain is so deep." In order to ensure that the brothers stay together, she had housed them at the back of the 6-bedroom home - "I didn't want them to be alone". It must be noted that this room is away from where Sherrod, her sons 18-year-old Kamron, 15-year-old Matthew, 14-year-old Landon, and her 16-year-old daughter Emily sleep. 

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Darriynn Brown has been accused of murdering 4-year-old Cash Gernon (Dallas PD)

Recounting the video

"This is hard to do. He [Brown] took him at 4.58 am. That's the time that he took Cash. And he came back for Carter. I can't really watch it," Sherrod said recounting the events of that morning according to an article in DailyMail. This kidnapping was captured by home surveilleince cameras that were installed around the house. The footage also showed that Brown returned to take Carter but eventually ended up fleeing. 

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Brown reportedly entered through the back door after damaging and breaking the lock, forcing his way in after sneaking in through the unlocked garage. As per the report, he then made his way to the boys' room.

No one could hear a thing

Given the fact the twins were so far away from the rest of the house, it is thought that the family couldn't hear anything. 

"The kidnapper broke in through that door right there. The garage doesn't latch," Sherrod explained. "He came in and broke the connecting door into the home. We are on the other side of the house, we didn't hear anything. We were all sleeping."

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But it aches her heart that the family couldn't hear anything - leading to this tragic event. 

"[Video footage] shows [Brown] taking the blanket off Cash and shows him snatching him and running with him while he is still asleep. He stares at him for a minute. I have watched it over and over again. I can't watch it anymore. He stares at him for a minute. I have watched it over and over again. I can't watch it anymore."

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She added, "I'm wondering why we didn't hear him break in." The caretaker of the slain Texas toddler is now being targeted as the 'mastermind' behind the tragedy.

Screengrab from surveillance footage showing Cash Gernon being abducted by Darriynn Brown. (Daily Mail)

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