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The Texas teenager who allegedly kidnapped and fatally stabbed a 4-year-old boy has been charged with capital murder.

Cash Gernon's body was found on a residential street around 6 a.m. on May 15. Prosecutors say Darriynn Brown kidnapped Cash from his bed and stabbed him to death with an "edged weapon."

Cash and his twin brother, Carter, were in the care of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, when he was snatched.

Surveillance footage from a baby monitor shows a man who resembles Brown carrying Cash out of the house.

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The Dallas Police Department upgraded Brown's charges to capital murder after forensic evidence linked him to the child.

"Evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon at the time of his death," said a statement issued by the Dallas PD.

Brown, 18, reportedly interacted with Cash at Sherrod's home in the days before the murder and was familiar with the family.

A neighbor identified Brown as the same man who broke into his home, attacked him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in a separate incident in February.

Brown is charged with burglary and injury to the elderly in that case.

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The suspect accused of snatching 4-year-old Cash Gernon from his bed and stabbing him to death says he is not the man seen in video footage in the boy's room.

A jogger found the boy lying dead in the street on the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.

A coroner determined the boy had been stabbed multiple times.

Darriynn Brown, 18, was arrested later that day and charged with kidnapping and burglary. Injury to a child was added to his list of charges.

Cash and his twin brother were staying at the home of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, about eight blocks away from where his body was found.

Sherrod identified Brown in the video surveillance footage. However, Heath Harris, Brown's defense attorney, says the man seen kidnapping Cash and returning 2 hours later to comfort his twin brother is not Brown.

"The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, 'That's him,'" Harris told The Dallas Morning News.

He said, even if the man in the video was Brown, that doesn't mean his client is a killer.

Since Brown's arrest, a neighbor of Sherrod's told police Brown broke into his home, assaulted him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in February.

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The man said he didn't press charges at the time because Sherrod (pictured) asked him not to. He said Sherrod told him Brown was staying with her and that he had had a mental episode.

Sherrod originally told police that Brown was a friend of her eldest son. But her son told investigators he knew Brown from high school and they weren't friends.

Brown is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $1.625 million bail.
 

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The teenager suspected of abducting and killing 4-year-old Cash Gernon in Dallas, allegedly grabbed another child months earlier. But a grandfather's forgiveness allowed Darriynn Brown, 18, to escape punishment for that earlier crime.

According to the NY Post, Brown barged into a Dallas home and tried to kidnap a 3-year-old child in February. However, the child's grandfather declined to press charges.

The incident occurred on February 8, when Brown broke into a home and was caught by the homeowner who chased him with a kitchen knife.

Brown then returned to the man's home, kicked in the garage door and began punching the older man in the head -- before grabbing the homeowner's 2-year-old granddaughter as she slept, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KTVT.

The grandfather wrestled the crying toddler away from Brown who fled the home.

The grandfather told police he did not want to press charges at the time. He saw Brown weeks later at a Walmart and the teen apologized, the station reported.

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Three days after Cash Gernon was found dead on a Dallas street while wearing only pajama shorts, the older man met with child abuse detectives to say he wanted to press charges for the Feb. 8 incident, KTVT reports.

Brown remains in the Dallas County Jail on $1.6 million bail. He is charged with kidnapping, burglary, and injury to a child in the Cash Gernon case.

A capital murder charge is expected pending the results of forensic evidence.

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Cash Gernon's father, Trevor Gernon apologized to Cash's mother, Melinda Seagroves, for abandoning their twin sons at an ex-girlfriend's home in Dallas.

4-year-old Cash Gernon was found dead in the street on the 7500 block of Sallerdige Drive on Saturday, May 15. A coroner determined the boy had been stabbed multiple times.

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Darriyn Brown was arrested later that day and charged with kidnapping and burglary. More charges are expected pending the results of forensic evidence.

Gernon left Cash and his twin brother, Carter, in the care of his ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod.

In the audio, Gernon said he knew Sherrod for some time and that the two got together because they were both single parents.

Gernon departed Sherrod's home in March because he had multiple outstanding felony warrants.

He said he moved back to Houston, where he was from originally, "after an unsuccessful job hunt amongst other things."

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He left his twins with Sherrod (pictured) because he didn't want to "disrupt their routine." He did not tell the boys' mother where her sons were.

Carter has since been reunited with his mother.

Gernon said he doesn't want to turn himself in to police because he fears going to jail on the outstanding warrants.

"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 good-bye and be with my son one last time before I return him home".

A GoFundMe page created by Cash Gernon's maternal grandmother has raised over $12,000 to transport the child's body back to his hometown for burial.

Patty Seagroves wrote: "Please do not donate to any other GoFundMe or anything associated with Monica Sherrod."
 

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The father of a Dallas woman who cared for Cash Gernon and his twin brother says the boy was raped and stabbed by his abductor.

Darriynn Brown, 18, is accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Cash as the boy slept in a toddler bed with his twin brother, Carter, on May 15.

Police say Brown broke into a home through an unlocked garage door at 5 a.m. He is seen on surveillance video lingering over the bed for minutes before snatching Cash and running out of the house.

A woman jogging through the neighborhood at 6:40 a.m. spotted Cash lying in a pool of blood on a residential street and called 911.

Brown returned to the house 2 hours later to abduct Cash's brother, Carter, but he was spooked and fled without the boy.

Monica Sherrod, who was caring for the twins, told police their father left the boys at her Dallas home in March after they broke up.

She said Brown was a friend of her eldest son. However, the son told police he and Brown attended the same high school but they weren't friends.

Sherrod reportedly warned Brown, "Don't come around my kids" -- referring to her three teenage sons who lived in the home.

Sherrod waited until 11 a.m. Saturday to notify police that Cash was missing.

In a Facebook posts on May 16 and 17, Sherrod's father, Kurt Pinkerton, provided disturbing details about Cash's abduction and murder. He said Brown raped and stabbed Cash -- and the shocking crime was recorded on a friend's cellphone.

The friend, also 18, reportedly turned the cellphone recording over to police.

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Brown is charged with kidnapping and burglary -- but not rape or murder -- as police continue to review the disturbing evidence.

The twins' biological mother had been looking for her sons for an "extended period of time", according to police. She believed her sons were still with their father. The biological mom has been reunited with Cash's brother.
 

 

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