The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Cash Gernon.
Dallas Police said an arrest was made on Sunday. Police arrested 18-year-old Darriynn Brown and charged him with kidnapping and theft.
The child, police said, was taken from his crib while sleeping early Saturday morning.
“He was the cutest boy ever,” said Kamron Moori, who lives in the house where police said the boy was abducted. “He would be so happy if you were here that he would probably have come and said, ‘What’s going on with you?’
Moori said he was as hurt as he was confused.
“Like why? He was four years old. Who does that to a 4 year old, ”he asked. ” Why? Why? Because you wanna be bad?
Moori explained that his mother had already dated Cash’s father.
The boys’ father left the house several months ago, leaving Cash and his twin brother in their care.
Dallas Police responded to the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive in the Mountain Creek neighborhood. A woman on a morning walk made a horrific discovery just before 7 a.m.: the bloody, lifeless body of a child on the street.
Police say Cash was killed with “a sharp weapon”.
Just before 11 a.m., Moori’s mother called the police to report the child missing.
Moori says he went looking for the child and entered the scene eight blocks away and knew it was related to Cash.
Officers responded and reviewed surveillance video inside Moori’s home showing an unidentified man picking up the child from his crib around 5 a.m., according to the arrest affidavit.
Moori’s mother reportedly identified the suspect in the video as Darriynn Brown.
“We have cameras all over my house,” Moori said. “It shows him coming in, took him while he was sleeping. While he was sleeping. I took him out of my house while he was sleeping.
Moori says there was no sign of forced entry and insists he locked his house before going to bed. He also said they installed surveillance cameras inside the house because they were “very protective” and because the neighborhood sometimes had crime problems.
Police arrested Brown and charged the teen with kidnapping and theft. Brown is not the father of the boys.
Detectives predict more charges will follow, but await the results of the forensic analysis.
Dallas Police arrested Darriynn Brown on Saturday night in connection with the death of a young boy who was found with multiple injuries earlier today in the Mountain Creek neighborhood of Dallas. The video shows the man at the Dallas jail.
Moori said he went to Duncanville high school with the suspect, but they were not friends.
Brown, he says, is his younger brother’s friend and is known to roam the neighborhood.
Moori insists the attack was random.
“Yes, at random. Out of nowhere, ”he says. “No reason for any of this. It’s not revenge, or hate, or any of that.
He points out that drugs were not involved either.
With many unanswered questions, one thing is certain: the loss of Cash Gernon is insane.
“He loved playing superheroes,” said an emotional Moori of Cash. “He always thought he was Iron Man.”
Moori says her two teenage brothers were taken from the house and taken to their grandmother’s.
Cash’s twin brother, he says, was also fired by CPS.
Dallas Police on Monday afternoon said the victim’s brother was with his birth mother who had been looking for the boys for “a long time.”
Dallas Police have also clarified online rumors suggesting Moori’s mother is the twins’ birth mother, which is not the case.
Police are also keen to warn the public that fraudulent GoFundMe accounts have been created. “Please check the source before donating,” the police suggested.
The cause and mode of death are still pending, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Lawyer Robbie McClung says she was subpoenaed by a judge to the case today.
McClung said she has yet to meet her client and has no information to share publicly at this time.