Does Darriynn Brown have mental health issues? Mother claims Cash Gernon murder accused was Metrocare patient
DALLAS, TEXAS: Eighteen-year-old Darriynn Brown was arrested in the kidnapping and murder of four-year-old boy Cash Gernon. Brown may be suffering from mental health issues.
Cash was found dead in a Dallas neighborhood in a pool of blood eight blocks from his home after he was reportedly taken from his crib as he slept on May 15 morning. He was found with multiple wounds from an edged weapon and without shirt or shoes.
“The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown. He is charged with kidnapping and burglary. Dallas investigators anticipate additional charges, pending results from a forensic analysis,” Dallas police said. Brown is being held in Dallas County jail on a $750,000 bond, according to online jail records.
As per reports, an early-morning jogger found Cash’s body in the middle of Saddleridge Drive at about 7 am on Saturday. Cash and his twin brother were reportedly living at a home on Florina Parkway in Dallas’s Mountain Creek area.
Did Darriynn Brown have mental health issues?
Kamron Mori, 18, who lives at the home where Cash lived, told reporters he was Cash’s brother and knew Brown in high school and middle school. Moori said he went to Duncanville High School with the suspect, but that they are not friends. “We got cameras all over the place in my house,” said Mori. “It shows him coming in, took him while he was asleep. While he was asleep. Carried him out of my house while he was asleep.”
Moori also insisted the attack was random. “Yes, random. Out of nowhere,” he said. “No reason for none of this. It’s not from revenge, not from hate, not from none of that.” He further said that drugs were not involved either.
As per surveillance footage that capture’s Brown’s actions obtained by the Daily Mail, In night vision footage, Brown creeped into the room dressed in a hoodie, backpack, sweatpants, and sneakers, and hovered menacingly over the two boys before taking Cash. And it also showed that he returned hours later at daybreak to snatch his twin brother Carter.
In the video, Brown can be seen reaching down and touching the twin brother, before wandering around the room. Seemingly disturbed by a sound, he could be seen fleeing the room, leaving the boy sleeping peacefully.
Brown reportedly was already facing a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest from April 27, 2021, according to online court records in Dallas County.
A woman at Brown’s address, who identified herself as Mimi Brown, the suspect’s mother, said her son was home all weekend and could not have kidnapped Cash. “That’s not right at all,” Mimi Brown said. “I know my son is traumatized. I know he’s scared, because I’m scared.” She added that her son was a patient of Metrocare Services, which provides mental health care to children and adults. She said he has several young cousins that he helps take care of and wouldn’t have hurt Cash. “Darriynn is very kind,” she said. “I feel that he’s being framed.”
As per its website, Metrocare is the largest provider of mental health services in North Texas. The organization claims to serve over 60,000 adults and children annually. In addition to behavioral health care, Metrocare claims to provide primary care centers for adults and children, services for veterans and their families, accessible pharmacies, housing and supportive social services.