Why did Trevor Gernon leave his children? Cash Gernon's dad apologizes in recorded message from unknown location
'I have paid the most ultimate and painful price for my poor judgment and I have to live with this devastation every single day,' said Trevor Gernon
DALLAS, TEXAS: A full week after four-year-old Cash Gernon was found murdered and dumped in the middle of the street, his absentee father has finally come forward with his side of the story. The case drew media attention immediately due to the circumstances of the Texas toddler's kidnapping and subsequent murder.
Cash's father, identified as Trevor Gernon, has allegedly been missing since March. He had custody of his twin sons, Cash and his brother Carter Gernon, whom he had left with his then-live-in partner Monica Sherrod, from whose house the boy was abducted later. Nobody knew where Trevor was and even the twins' mother had no clue her sons were living with his exes. And now, a week later, Trevor Gernon has responded to why he left and how he feels responsible for the 'horrific' and 'devastating' outcome of his actions.
Why was Cash with Monica Sherrod?
Trevor has finally shed light through a video on his sister's YouTube channel on why Cash was being raised at the home of a woman with whom he was no longer in a relationship. Trevor, 31, explained that when he had moved to Dallas, he had moved in with an old friend, Monica. It is alleged that the two were in a relationship and Trevor had moved in with her on Valentine's Day, February 14. However, Trevor reveals when he moved back to Houston “after an unsuccessful job hunt amongst other things,” he decided his twins would be better off with her.
“I felt it was in the boys’ best interest to not disrupt their routine,” he said of Cash and his brother, Carter, who has been unharmed and since reunited by the boys' mother, Melinda Seagroves. “They were comfortable, they were around other kids, and from what it appeared, Monica was a trustworthy person. This choice I made with best of intentions has resulted in a most horrific outcome.”
Why did Trevor Gernon leave?
Initially, it has been reported that Trevor fled the town following legal troubles, where he was ordered by the court into rehab earlier this year in March. Court records obtained by Crime Online also show several outstanding charges against Gernon in Harris County. Nobody had heard from Trevor or seen him ever since, but a week after his son's murder, he is opening up on the YouTube apology video asking people not to be too harsh on him.
“I have to fear for my freedom, as it is the goal of some to see me go to jail rather than grieve the loss of my little boy," Trevor said in the video without disclosing the status of his legal woes. “I have paid the most ultimate and painful price for my poor judgment and I have to live with this devastation every single day,” he said. “I will never forgive myself. If I could, I would go back and do everything different. This is a nightmare that doesn’t go away once I open my eyes in the morning. We just don’t understand how this could happen to such a bright and cheerful kid.”
Trevor Gernon's apology
Also addressing the boys' mother, he added: “I am so sorry that I failed to keep him safe. That is my job as his dad and I was not able to do that and I’m sorry.” He further pleaded to the public, "I’m barely getting through a day that doesn’t take me to a dark place,” he said. “I hope you all could understand how fragile we all are and how quickly things can turn upside down… I would hope that we can all cooperate and band together to make sure Cash gets the justice he deserves.”
But Trevor has garnered himself a reputation for being fickle. Johnny Flanagan, whose son gave Gernon a job at his shop until they had a fall-out, told The Daily Beast, “He’s one of these guys that kind of goes whichever way the wind blows, you know, and he’ll do good for several months and then do bad for several months and you know, just up and disappear.”
Cash was kidnapped from his cot in Sherrod's home at 5 am on Saturday, May 15, by an 18-year-old suspect called Darriynn Brown who has since been arrested and charged with kidnapping and burglary after the kidnapping was caught in baby monitor camera. Cash was found murdered, lying in a pool of blood without shoes or a shirt at 6:40 am on the same day by a passing jogger. Police have said the toddler died from multiple stab wounds. Additional charges are expected to be slammed against Brown once further forensic results arrive.