Chilling home video captured the moment that a four-year-old twin Texas boy was snatched from his bed in the early hours of the morning by his alleged murderer before he was horrifically stabbed to death and left in a pool of blood.
Footage obtained by the Daily Mail shows little Cash Gernon allegedly being taken while he slept next to his twin brother on Saturday at about 5 a.m. by 18-year-old suspect, Darriynn Brown. After the child was stabbed multiple times, his lifeless body was left in the street.
Brown was reportedly dressed in a hoodie and carrying a backpack. The kidnapper took his time taking the child from his bed and at one point looked directly towards the camera as if he knew he was being recorded.
The child’s body was discovered approximately an hour and 45 minutes later by a jogger about a half-mile from his home. Authorities said the little boy was repeatedly stabbed with an “edged weapon.”
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The suspect has not indicated why he allegedly took the boy. The presumed killer reportedly returned to the scene of the crime around 7 a.m. to take the other twin. The baby monitoring system caught him hovering over the crib but for some reason, he seemed to get spooked and left without harming the boy. The twin woke seconds later and started looking for his brother.
Brown was taken into custody on Tuesday. His bail is set at $1.5 million, according to the Dallas Morning News. Current charges include kidnapping and burglary but police expect additional charges to be filed after a forensic analysis is finished.
Monica Sherrod, who is the girlfriend of the twins’ father, was taking care of them when the crime was committed. The father has been absent from the home since March. She identified Brown from the video. He had also been reportedly spotted in the neighborhood in the days leading up to the kidnapping and murder of the child, according to KDFW.
“We were all asleep when it happened. Cash usually wakes me up but he didn’t wake me [that day],” she stated. “When I got up, I noticed he was gone. I called 911. I didn’t even know somebody had taken him.”
“I thought he might have gone outside,” she said. “That was until I watched my surveillance camera, which showed someone taking him out.”
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The jogger, Antwainese Square, originally thought she had found the body of a dog: “I turned into the street and thought I saw a dog lying there. We have a lot of loose dogs around here,” she noted.
“I called my mom because the only thing I could see at first was the hair. I said, ‘Mom, it’s weird, it’s not moving.’ So I started to walk slow and the closer I got I started noticing things,” she recounted.
“I said, ‘Mom, I see a hand, I think I see a body. I think I actually see a body.’ And I got close, and I said, ‘Mom, it’s a child. It is a child.’ And I just started screaming,” Square recalled.
She called 911 and they instructed her to check for signs of life: “They asked me to walk right up to the body in case the little boy was still alive. And if he was, for me to try to save his life,” she added. “I saw ants crawling all over his bare feet and he had blood over his face. He had no shoes, no socks, no shirt, none of that.”
“He was only wearing a pair of bottoms, shorts. I just keep remembering those ants at the bottom of that baby’s feet,” she recounted.
The mother of the twins had no idea that the boys were in the care of their father’s girlfriend according to police. She had been looking for them. The mother has now been reunited with her surviving son.
Brown was reportedly arrested for a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest on April 27. That case is still pending. According to court documents, he lives with his parents just a short distance from where the child’s body was discovered.
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