Who is Darriynn Brown? Texas man, 18, arrested for kidnapping after 'traumatizing' murder of 4-year-old boy
Police responded to a 911 call from a jogger who came across what she thought was a dog in the middle of the street, until she noticed its human hands and feet
DALLAS, TEXAS: A 911 call led Dallas, Texas police to make a harrowing discovery on Saturday morning, May 15. A four-year-old boy was found covered in blood in the middle of a street and although the cause of his death wasn't revealed, cops had the suspect in custody the same day by 10 pm.
Identified as Darriynn Brown, the accused is believed to have used an "edged weapon" to kill the little boy who was found by a woman. The victim has not been identified.
Who is Darriynn Brown?
The 18-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the gruesome crime in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive. Brown has so far been charged with kidnapping and theft with cops telling local channel CBS 11 that further charges are expected to be slammed after forensic test results arrive. The location of the suspect wasn't immediately released but he is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail, the outlet reported.
Brown was previously arrested for a misdemeanor charge for avoiding arrest back in April 27, the case for which is still pending, Dallas News reported. Arraignment documents from that charge reveal he lives with his parents who are also his financial providers. The document also lists Brown's address, which has been found to be just half a mile from where the little boy's body was found. When the outlet called the phone number listed on the court papers, a person who identified as Brown’s stepfather received the call, although they declined to share their name. The person also admitted they weren't aware of the charge or the victim, beyond what news reports have revealed so far.
'The baby had ants at the bottom of his feet'
Police found the boy's dead body shortly after 7am after they received a call that they have revealed wasn't from the boy's home. A 39-year-old local identified as Antwainese Square was jogging around Mountain Creek Parkway square at 6.40am when she came across what she thought was a dog until she noticed its human hands and feet. “That’s when I noticed the baby had ants at the bottom of his feet. So I knew he was deceased then,” Square told the outlet. “It was heart-wrenching because this baby could have been no more than 5," she added.
Speaking to CBS News, she also shared, “I see something laying in the road and my initial thought was that it was a dog. The closer I get to it I can tell it’s a human cause I see a hand and I see legs. Very traumatizing. I have three kids. To see a child covered in blood in the middle of the street, it’s truly traumatizing." Police believe the boy probably died before 5 am. In a statement, the Dallas Police Department said, "Through the hard work of the men and women of the Dallas Police Department this criminal was brought to justice and it would not have been made possible without the Dallas FBI Evidence Response Team and the public’s assistance."
The outlet reports that investigators believe the boy lived in the same neighborhood where he was found dead. The FBI evidence response team was searching a house located in 7500 block of Florina Parkway on Saturday evening, May 15, which is in the same neighborhood where the boy was found dead. The Dallas Police Department has also confirmed to the outlet that this location was also being investigated as part of the same case.