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Cash Gernon: Darriynn Brown seen in 'scary' CCTV footage lurking near boy's home two months before murder

'It’s really scary. I have two kids, one girl and one boy, and they play basketball in the backyard,' neighbor Jose Alvarado said
UPDATED MAY 23, 2021
Darriynn Brown has been accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Cash Gernon (Dallas PD)
Darriynn Brown has been accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Cash Gernon (Dallas PD)

DALLAS, TEXAS: Monica Sherrod’s neighbor Jose Alvarado checked his CCTV camera after Cash Gernon’s abduction and murder shocked the whole area, and what he saw was enough to horrify anyone. The four-year-old was kidnapped and then murdered on May 15, and Darriynn Brown -- who is facing abduction charges in the child’s case -- was seen on Alvarado's CCTV footage.

The 18-year-old suspect was reportedly seen in the footage ten weeks before the crime. The video showed him lurking down the street, opening Alvarado’s backyard gate, gawking inside and abruptly walking away. Speaking with The Daily Beast, the neighbor said, “It’s really scary. I have two kids, one girl and one boy, and they play basketball in the backyard.”


Darriynn Brown met Cash Gernon two days before his death when he visited his home when Monica Sherrod was out

Cash Gernon's father Trevor is a wanted fugitive facing multiple charges, doesn't appear even after son's death

As per reports, Alvarado’s house shares a back alley with Sherrod's house. Before the May 15 tragedy, Cash and his twin brother were living with 35-year-old Sherrod -- who is mother to 15-year-old Matthew, Landon, 14, 18-year-old Kamron, and daughter Emily, 16. The twin little brothers were not her own, they were of Trevor Gernon, her former boyfriend, who has not been seen since March. He apparently went missing after getting into legal troubles.

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

In the early hours of May 15, Brown allegedly crept into the family home and kidnapped Cash, who was sleeping at the time with his brother Carter. Two hours later, he came back to the house, hovered over Carter's bed but left without taking him. It has been reported that by then, the four-year-old was already dead.

His body was first found by Antwainese Square, a Dallas teacher who lives in the area. On that day, Square was outside for a morning walk when she shockingly saw the body of the toddler.

“I was on the phone with my mom. As I got closer, I could see an arm and a foot and I just began crying, saying, ‘Mom, I think I’m coming up on a body.’ And I started, ‘Mommy, it’s a child! It’s a child!’ And the baby had blood all over his face. At that point, my mom told me to get off the phone with her and immediately call 911… The baby had ants all over the bottom of his feet. So I pretty much knew that he was gone,” the teacher told The Daily Beast.

Monica Sherrod in her police mugshot (Montgomery County Police)

“I was just trying to put together all possible stories; there was no way in my mind that I would think somebody would do that to a kid. One couple that was leaving out of their garage, I had to stop them to let them know that this baby was on the ground,” Square stated, before adding, “It's been difficult. It really has been difficult. I have a 3-year-old and as we’re dealing with this and processing this, I’m learning that I have little triggers. If I see a little boy, 4, 3, 5, I will burst out crying. It’s just a trigger for me. My own daughter is like a trigger. Sometimes she’ll say something and I’ll cry. Because even though I didn’t know that baby, he was just robbed of his life. So, it’s been really hard. It’s been really hard to just process this. And no matter how much you try to move on, you can’t unsee what you saw.”