How did Cash Gernon die? 'Edged weapon' Darriynn Brown may have used to murder 4-year-old Texas boy recovered
DALLAS, TEXAS: Shocking new details continue to emerge in the murder of 4-year-old Dallas boy Cash Gernon. The latest local reports reveal that police have recovered the potential weapon used in the murder of the child.
Dallas Police homicide detectives are reportedly putting together their case against 18-year-old Darriynn Brown, which may include a possible murder weapon, according to court documents. At the time of his abduction, Gernon was reportedly in the care of his father's girlfriend. When he was abducted, he was sleeping next to his twin brother. His father is reportedly missing since March. Gernon's mother was reportedly unaware of her son’s whereabouts for the last two months until police informed her that he was murdered.
'Edged weapon' recovered
According to the documents obtained by CBS 11 News, police have charged Brown with kidnapping and theft and additional charges could be added depending on the investigation and forensic analysis results. Investigators searched his home, which is eight blocks away from the child's home, where Gernon was last seen alive. Gernon and Brown are both residents of the same neighborhood where the toddler's body was found, reports Dallas News.
Investigators found "a tissue paper in a bathroom that had blood drops on it and a small pocket knife was also located and seized," the report in the publication details. Police said that the boy suffered from wounds made by an "edged weapon" in a "violent death" on the morning of Saturday, May 15.
How did Cash Gernon die?
The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled the death of the 4-year-old boy a homicide, adding that the child died from multiple stab wounds. The child was shirtless and shoeless when found, according to The Dallas Morning News. A chilling home surveillance video allegedly shows Brown taking the boy from his crib, as reported by Daily Mail. Brown was reportedly the brother of the boys’ guardian’s son's friend. A second video allegedly shows Brown returning to take Gernon’s twin, but he backs out.
In the early hours of May 16, a Mountain Creek local woman called Antwainese Square was out jogging when she discovered the bloodied body of a young child. He was later identified as Gernon. "The closer I get to it, I can tell it’s a human because I see hands… and I see legs," said Square, who had called 911. "To see a child covered in blood in the middle of the street? It’s truly traumatizing."
Brown in custody
According to the local reports, Brown was in custody the same day by 10 pm. As per the latest reports, he is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $1.5M bond. Earlier reports had said that he was being held in lieu of $750,000 bail. The teenage suspect’s mother reportedly told CBS 11 that her son has some mental health issues, but is not capable of such a violent act. "I think that 4-year-old boy was killed at them people’s home and I believe someone had transportation, like a car or truck, and transported his body to the body site."
However, neighbors say the 18-year-old suspect had a penchant for causing trouble. "This guy here is on NextDoor where he’s busted into cars, ring doorbells, he threatened other people’s lives," a neighbor named Joe Bubel reportedly said. "People are asking, why didn’t the police pursue that? That’s just his side of the story. I don’t know the other side of the story."