Posted on May 17, 2021

Boy Found Dead in Dallas Street Was Kidnapped by Teen Wearing Ankle Monitor

Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post, May 17, 2021

A teen who was being monitored with an ankle bracelet has been arrested in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy whose body was found in a Dallas street.

The child, who suffered multiple fatal wounds from what police say was an “edged weapon,” was identified Sunday by his grieving guardian as Cash Gernon, WFAA reported.

Cash Gernon

Cash Gernon

The “happy-go-lucky” boy was sleeping when a suspect, identified by cops as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown, barged into his home through a back door and kidnapped him on Saturday, his guardian said.

Darriynn Brown

Darriynn Brown

Brown is now charged with kidnapping and theft in connection to Cash’s death. {snip}

Brown was busted for evading arrest in late April and the case is still pending, the newspaper reported. Court documents show he lived with his parents just a half-mile from where the boy’s body was found.

The accused kidnapper had been ordered to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet in connection to the prior charge, WFAA reported.

The boy’s grieving mom said she had no idea what allegedly led Brown to target her son, whose body was later discovered in the street by a jogger early Saturday. The teen suspect did not know Cash, his guardian told the station off-camera.

Surveillance video also captured the kidnapping, the guardian added. {snip}


Dallas police said in a statement Sunday that Brown had been charged and that aditional charges are expected following a forensic analysis.

Brown was being held Monday at the Dallas County Jail, records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The boy, who wasn’t identified by authorities, was found shirtless and shoeless in the street and likely died before 5 a.m. Saturday, the Dallas Morning News reported.