Cash Gernon murder: Why has Darriynn Brown not been charged? His mom says he was 'home all weekend'
'I feel that he’s being framed,' said Mimi Brown, mother of the suspect, and mentioned how Brown helps take care of his several young cousins at home
In the curious case of Texas toddler Cash Gernon's murder, suspect Darriynn Brown has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and burglary. Darriynn's mother Mimi Brown however continues to insist her son is being framed after Cash's bloody body was found with multiple stab wounds in the middle of the street, less than two hours after he was taken by Darriynn Brown.
He was identified as the suspect from baby monitor camera footage, by Monica Sherrod, in whose house the slain boy was living with his twin. Brown was seen in the footage hovering over the twin's cot before picking up Cash and carrying him outside the room. But he hasn't yet been charged for the boy's murder. Let's look at the possible reasons why.
Cash was reportedly found at 6.40 am on Saturday, May 15, by a passing local jogger who initially thought it was a dog or some kind of animal. Police identified the slain four-year-old when Sherrod reported him missing at 11 am after providing the baby monitor footage. The footage helped police identify Brown as the person who took Cash from his bedroom with Sherrod's help.
The 18-year-old suspect was then arrested and subsequently charged -- not however with the murder of the child. Dallas police said in a press release at the time that additional charges are expected to be added to the case once the forensic test results come in. So it is possible that Darriynn might be charged with murder in the days to come.
Investigators also said Cash Gernon was wounded with an "edged weapon" and experienced a "violent death," adding that they found "a tissue paper in a bathroom that had blood drops on it." A small pocket knife was also located and seized.
Dallas News reports that these were the key findings after the room, from where the boy had been kidnapped, was inspected and searched. Although the baby monitor clip shows Darriynn with a backpack as he snatched Cash from his cot, he is not seen holding or using a knife of any kind. The video is however in night vision and the quality is quite grainy.
Additionally, Darriynn's mother Mimi claims her son was at home all weekend and it's not possible that he even committed the crime. "That’s not right at all,” said Mimi Brown, mother of the suspect. “I know my son is traumatized. I know he’s scared, because I’m scared.”
Brown is a patient of Metrocare Services that provides mental health care to children and adults, the mother said. "Darriynn is very kind,” she said, mentioning how Brown helps take care of his several young cousins at home. “I feel that he’s being framed," she shared.
There is also an ongoing online campaign of sorts that speculates Sherrod is the "mastermind" behind the tragedy. As reported by MEAWW, a Twitter user shared a screenshot from Montgomery County Police that stated Sherrod was arrested for drug possession back in 2019.
Users have also commented on the "dump" that the bedroom Cash and Carter lived in looks like, and claimed Sherrod looks like she's "on drugs". And the revelation that Cash's body was found less than half a mile from where he and Darriynn lived spurred the speculations further.
These suspicions have not been addressed by official authorities, and both Sherrod and her son Kamron Mori, who went to school with Darriynn Brown, have broken down in tears over the incident in the media. They maintain they have been raising Cash and Carter as their own ever since the twins' father Trevor Gernon had left them in Sherrod's care and disappeared in March this year.
Trevor and Sherrod were dating, and he moved into her home with the twins, whose custody he had. The twins' mother, Melinda Seagroves, however, did not know that the boys were with Sherrod, or that Trevor had left them in her care.
There has been some online speculation about Cash's father's possible involvement in the murder. One user claimed, "He has 5-6 warrants out of Harris County w/ close to $60,000 in bonds. He’s going to jail if he surfaces. Based on his previous convictions...I think he’ll end up in prison on these current charges. This man hid these boys from their mama while he hid from the law."
Another user asked, "Why is Dallas police not wanting to share the #CashGernon fathers name with the public? Does that seem odd? We need answers as to why he abandoned the child and left him with the girlfriend and then child was murdered a month later?"
Trevor Gernon. He has 5-6 warrants out of Harris County w/ close to $60,000 in bonds. He’s going to jail if he surfaces. Based on his previous convictions...I think he’ll end up in prison on these current charges. This man hid these boys from their mama while he hid from the law— Taylor 🏴☠️ (@Taylorx2) May 19, 2021
With speculations running rife, the Dallas police have perhaps opted to wait for the forensic results and let that determine who murdered Cash Gernon. Darriynn Brown currently remains in custody.