Cash Gernon latest news – 'Killer’ Darriynn Brown says he NOT kidnapper seen snatching boy from crib in chilling footage

DARRIYNN Brown, the teenager suspected of “killing” Cash Gernon, has said he is not the kidnapper caught on security footage snatching the boy from his crib.

The teen, 18, is alleged to have snatched the four-year-old boy from his Dallas, Texas, bedroom as he slept next to his twin brother on the morning of May 15.

The child was later found dead in the street, covered in blood, a mile away from his home, police said.

Home surveillance footage showed the suspect, later identified as Brown, standing over the twins before he carried him away, court documents say.

Brown’s defense attorney Heath Harris though has said cops have the wrong guy and his client did not break into the home, kidnap the boy or kill Cash.

“This is not an open and shut case. Even if you believe that’s [Brown] on the video, it doesn’t mean he killed the kid,” Harris told The Dallas Morning News.

“The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, ‘That’s him," the defense attorney concluded.

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  • Chris Bradford

    'DON'T COME AROUND MY KIDS'

    Cash Gernon's guardian warned Darriynn Brown "don't come around my kids" just days before the four-year-old was allegedly kidnapped and killed.

    Monica Sherrod, 35, stood in the room where the little boy was abducted and told reporters how she had warned Brown off just days before the alleged murder.

    She said: "I told him, 'Don’t come back around my kids'. I was out grocery shopping when he was here. I’d left the twins with my boys and daughter."

    Sherrod was watching four-year-old twins Cash and Carter Gernon when a suspect, identified by police as 18-year-old Brown, barged into the Dallas home and abducted the tot who was later found dead on the street.

    She told the Daily Mail: "I loved those boys. They were not even my biological boys. I brought them into my home. I had made this room for them."

  • Chris Bradford

    'CREEPING KILLER'

    Cash Gernon's alleged killer was reported to cops a month before the four-year-old's kidnap – after he was reportedly filmed trying to steal cars and breaking a camera.

    Darriynn Brown, 18, is being held on charges of kidnapping and burglary, but police said more charges are likely "pending results from a forensic analysis."

    The little boy was found by a jogger on a residential street early Saturday morning in the Mountain Creek area of Dallas, Texas.

    Neighbors have met with city leaders to beg for a better police presence in their hometown.

    Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, Councilman Casey Thomas, and City Manager TC Broadnax spoke to neighbors just five minutes away from where Gernon was discovered.

    During the meeting, a neighbor allegedly shared video with WFAA that showed a man who appeared to be Brown checking on door handles in his driveway on April 19.

    The man told the outlet that they picked Brown out of a lineup after the teen was arrested to further the investigation.

    Further security from the same night allegedly showed Brown breaking a home surveillance camera, the local claimed.

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  • Chris Bradford

    'WRONG GUY'

    Darriynn Brown, the teenager suspected of “killing” Cash Gernon, has said he is not the kidnapper caught on security footage snatching the boy from his crib.

    Brown, 18, is alleged to have snatched the four-year-old boy from his Dallas, Texas, bedroom as he slept next to his twin brother on the morning of May 15.

    The child was later found dead in the street, covered in blood, a mile away from his home, police said.

    Home surveillance footage showed the suspect, later identified as Brown, standing over the twins before he carried him away, court documents say.

    Brown’s defense attorney Heath Harris though has said cops have the wrong guy and his client did not break into the home, kidnap the boy or kill Cash.

    “This is not an open and shut case. Even if you believe that’s [Brown] on the video, it doesn’t mean he killed the kid,” Harris told The Dallas Morning News. “The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, ‘That’s him.'”

  • Chris Bradford

    'I FAILED IN MY JOB AS A DAD'

    In an emotional apology, Trevor Gernon said he "failed" in his job to protect four-year-old son Cash.

    He said: To make matters worse, 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.

    "All I want to do is have that one thing every parent deserves: to say goodbye and be with my son one last time before I return him home."

  • Chris Bradford

    'NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF'

    Cash Gernon's grieving dad Trevor broke down in tears as he apologized for leaving his sons while reportedly skipping town due to "legal problems".

    The four-year-old tot was found dead in Dallas, Texas on May 15 after suspect Darriynn Brown, 18, allegedly snatched and killed him.

    Trevor apologized for leaving his twins while he left town due to "legal problems", according to The Daily Beast.

    The dad said that he and Sherrod had been "brought together" as both were single parents and he frequently asked her for advice.

    Trevor thought it was in his kids' "best interests" to remain with her so their routines would not be "disrupted".

    He said: "This choice I made with the best of intentions has resulted in the most horrific outcome."

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  • Chris Bradford

    WHO IS MONICA SHERROD AND HOW IS SHE CONNECTED TO CASH GERNON?

    Monica Sherrod is the girlfriend of Cash's father, who has not been named.

    Four-year-old Cash and his twin brother were staying in Sherrod's Mountain Creek home near Dallas, Texas.

    According to police, the boys' father has not been in the house since March, and no word has been released on where he is located.

    Sherrod reportedly called police just before 11am on May 15 to report Cash missing and showed police home security footage showing a man lift a sleeping child out of his crib.

    Sherrod also reportedly identified the man as Darriynn Brown, who lived a few blocks away.

  • Chris Bradford

    WATCH: CASH GERNON'S DAD CRIES AS HE APOLOGIZES FOR LEAVING TWIN BOYS

    Cash Gernon’s dad Trevor cries as he apologizes for leaving his twin boys while he ‘skipped town due to legal problems’

     

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT DID COPS SAY ABOUT BROWN'S ARREST?

    Police spokesman Albert Martinez described Gernon’s death as “violent,” saying: “We are shocked, we are very angry about what has happened to this small child."

    Dallas police also added in a news release that “investigators anticipate additional charges, pending results from a forensic analysis.”

    Darriynn Brown is accused of killing Cash GernonCredit: Dallas County Jail

     

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO IS DARRIYNN BROWN?

    Dallas teen Darriynn Brown had a previous run-in with the law from an arrest dating back to April 2021.

    The 18-year-old was facing a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest, according to court documents.

    According to the Morning News, Brown went to Duncanville High and middle schools.

    He also lives with his parents and is financially supported by them, as per arraignment documents filed in his previous arrest.

    Brown’s address listed on the document is just a half-mile from where Gernon’s body was found.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO IS CASH GERNON'S MOTHER?

    According to Meaww, Cash's biological mother has been identified as Melinda Seagroves.

    However, according to The Dallas Morning News, Seagroves and Cash's grandmother, Connie Ward, were not aware her child was staying with their father's girlfriend at the time of his abduction.

    Seagroves believed Cash and his twin brother were with their dad and did not know that they were left with his girlfriend, identified as Monica Sherrod, a police spokesperson said.

    The birth mom and grandmother were looking for the pair and both women have since been reunited with Cash's brother.

    Sherrod called cops shortly before 11am to report Cash as missing – but his body had been found hours before.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHAT HAPPENED TO CASH GERNON?

    Following his abduction, Cash Gernon was found dead on the side of a residential street.

    Gernon and his twin brother had been living with his father’s girlfriend Monica Sherrod when the incident occurred.  

    The boy had suffered multiple wounds from “an edged weapon,” according to The Dallas Morning News.

    Police spokesman Albert Martinez.Martinez said: “We are shocked, we are very angry about what has happened to this small child."

    He also described the boy’s death as “violent."

  • Chris Bradford

    WHY DID DARRIYNN BROWN ALLEGEDLY ABDUCT HIM?

    The motive for Gernon’s reported abduction by Brown is unclear.

    He was identified following the release of CCTV footage that shows a man snatching the 4-year-old in the middle of the night.

    A second clip also shows how the man returned to the house hours later before leaving empty-handed.

    How Sherrod identified the suspect or Brown's relationship to Cash is also unclear.

    Yet, what is known is that Brown had previously been arrested by police and wore an ankle monitoring bracelet for a prior charge, according to WFAA.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO WAS CASH GERNON?

    Cash Gernon was a four year old boy who is believed to have lived locally in Dallas, Texas.

    He was abducted from his home on May 15, 2021, after the alleged suspect, Darriynn Brown, broke in at 5am local time and kidnapped him.

    The little boy’s body was later discovered by a jogger on a residential street early the same day, in the city’s Mountain Creek area.

    Cash's father's girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, then called cops shortly before 11am to report Cash as missing – but his body had already been found hours before.

    Ms Sherrod formally identified the body later that day.

  • Julia Fields

    VICTIME OF BROWN'S PREVIOUS BURGLARY ATTEMPT DECIDES TO PRESS CHARGES

    Cash Gernon's alleged killer was accused of grabbing another toddler just months before the four-year-old died.

    Darriynn Brown, 18, is being held on charges of kidnapping and theft, as well as injury to a child, elderly individual or disabled individual.

    However, DFW reported that Brown is facing a second burglary charge after he entered a man's home and grabbed his two-year-old granddaughter, according to an affidavit obtained by the outlet.

    Just two weeks later, Brown and the man ran into each other in Walmart where Brown allegedly apologized, with the grandad claiming he said he was "sorry for breaking into his house and trying to take his grandchild."

    Child Abuse Detectives met with the homeowner on May 18 to interview him about the interaction, and the man told them he now wants to press charges against Brown.

    This was just three days before Gernon was found by a jogger on a residential street in the Mountain Creek area of Dallas, Texas.

  • Julia Fields

    A GRANDFATHER WOKE TO BROWN HOLDING HIS GRANDDAUGHTER IN FEBRUARY.

    Brown faces two new charges after a man spoke out about Brown entering his home and attempting to kidnap his two-year-old granddaughter in February.

    The man told police he was "startled and began crying when he awoke to Brown holding [his granddaughter]."

    The man was able to grab his granddaughter from Brown before he fled the scene, reportedly punching the man in the face first.

  • Julia Fields

    BROWN FACES TWO NEW CHARGES

    When Brown was arrested after Cash's body was found, he was charged with kidnapping and theft.

    More forensic evidence was needed before charging him with Cash's murder.

    Brown now faces two more charges: injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual and a second burglary charge.

    These two new charges relate to an incident in February where Brown broke into a man's house and attempted to kidnap his two-year-old granddaughter.

  • Julia Fields

    'SORRY FOR TRYING TO KIDNAP YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER'

    After a similar incident occurred in February, Brown ran into the man whose house he broke into and attempted to take his two-year-old granddaughter.

    The man told police that Brown approached him and said “he was sorry for breaking into his house and trying to take his grandchild.”

    The man originally did not want to press charged against Brown, but has since changed his mind.

  • Julia Fields

    BROWN REPORTEDLY ATTEMPTED A SIMILAR KIDNAPPING IN FEBRUARY

    According to the affidavit for a new burglary charge, Brown had a similar incident involving breaking into a man's home and the attempted kidnapping of a child.

    Brown entered a man's home in February and starting going through the rooms and closets.

    The man managed to get Brown out of his house but then Brown started to damange the door between the garage and the home, as well as reportedly punching the man in the face upon reentering.

    Brown reportedly lifted the man's two-year-old granddaughter from her crib before the man physically removed her from his arms and Brown fled.

  • Julia Fields

    BROWN RETURNED TO THE SCENE ASSUMEDLY FOR CASH'S TWIN

    He was then captured on surveillance footage creeping into the toddler's room at around 5am and staring at the twins in the crib for a moment, before taking Cash.

    Brown was seen again on video returning to the boys' room at around 7:30am – when the four-year-old would have already been dead – to allegedly abduct his twin, Carter, but he was spooked and instead fled.

    Police found Cash's body dumped in a southwest Dallas street after a jogger made the horrific discovery – and initially thought his tiny body was a dead dog.

  • Julia Fields

    'IT'S REALLY SCARY' SAYS CASH'S NEIGHBOR

    Police encouraged local residents to send in any home surveillance video they may have that could aid the investigation, and one neighbor spotted what appeared to be the alleged killer on his Ring doorbell.

    In the chilling video, a man can be seen lurking around Monica Sherrod's home where twins Cash and Carter were staying.

    Jose Alvarado's doorbell camera captured the footage around 10 weeks before little Cash was brutally killed.

    The male who is believed to be Brown is seen next to the neighbor's shared fence before he peers into Sherrod's backyard, in the clip published by the Daily Beast.

    The 18-year-old, wearing black jeans and a grey tank top, even quickly opens the back gate before promptly leaving the premises.

    "It's really scary," Alvarado said. "I have two kids, one girl and one boy, and they play basketball in the backyard."

  • Julia Fields

    BROWN SEEN 'LURKING' NEAR SHERROD'S HOME DAYS BEFORE CASH WAS KIDNAPPED

    Police encouraged local residents to send in any home surveillance video they may have that could aid the investigation, and one neighbor spotted what appeared to be the alleged killer on his Ring doorbell.

    In the chilling video, a man can be seen lurking around Monica Sherrod's home where twins Cash and Carter were staying.

    Jose Alvarado's doorbell camera captured the footage around 10 weeks before little Cash was brutally killed.

    The male who is believed to be Brown is seen next to the neighbor's shared fence before he peers into Sherrod's backyard, in the clip published by the Daily Beast.

  • Julia Fields

    TREVOR GERNON WILL 'NEVER FORGIVE HIMSELF'

    "I will never forgive myself. If I could, I'd go back and do everything different. This is a nightmare that doesn't go away when I open my eyes up in the morning."

    Trevor, who is emotional in the YouTube video posted by his sister, apologized and said he "failed" in his job as a dad to protect Cash.

    He said: "To make matters worse, 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.

    "All I want to do is have that one thing every parent deserves: to say goodbye and be with my son one last time before I return him home."

  • Julia Fields

    TREVOR GERNON SAYS HE AND MONICA SHERROD WERE 'BROUGHT TOGETHER'

    The dad previously said that he and Sherrod had been "brought together" as both were single parents and he frequently asked her for advice.

    Trevor thought it was in his kids' "best interests" to remain with her so their routines would not be "disrupted."

    He said: "This choice I made with the best of intentions has resulted in the most horrific outcome.

    "I have paid the most ultimate and painful of price for my poor judgment and I have to live with this devastation every single day.

  • Julia Fields

    JOGGER WHO FOUND CASH'S BODY ALSO A MOTHER

    Antwainese Square, 39, told the pubication she was jogging at about 6.30am when she saw what she thought was a dog lying in the road but when she got closer she saw the boy’s arms and legs.

    “That’s when I noticed the baby had ants at the bottom of his feet so I knew he was deceased then,” Square said. “It was heart-wrenching because this baby could have been no more than five.”

    Having called 911 she told the operator she could see blood on the boy’s face and the upper half of his body.

    She added he wasn’t wearing shoes or a shirt.

    “As a mother, this just – it breaks my heart,” she said. “It breaks my heart. And now I’m afraid. Now I’m paranoid. Because I don’t know what happened, I don’t know what’s going on.”

  • Julia Fields

    CASH'S NEIGHBOR SPEAKS OUT

    ”It’s a lot to take in,” said Lisa Gilbert, 18, who lives just down the road. “It’s so shocking to me that it’s a four-year-old, someone’s baby. That could’ve been my little cousin or brother or something. It’s just the point that he’s gone now. It’s just terrifying.”

    ”I just hope that they find whoever did this and put them behind bars because it’s not right to kill a little baby,” she said.

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