Disturbing night vision footage exclusively obtained by the Daily Mail apparently shows the moments before alleged killer Darriynn Brown, 18, snatches 4-year-old Cash Gernon from his crib.
Cash’s lifeless and bloodied body was found in a street by a jogger this weekend.
The video also shows that the man, allegedly Brown, apparently coming back for Cash’s twin brother, Carter, hours later.
“The night-vision footage shows Brown – dressed in a hoodie and wearing a backpack — creeping around and hoovering near the child’s bed while he slept. As Brown lifted Gernon’s blanket – the child appears to awaken – as Brown whisks him out of the room,” Fox News reported.
According to The Daily Mail, the footage also shows the alleged killer “hovering menacingly over Carter Gernon as he slept in the crib he shared with his twin brother Cash around 7 a.m.,” adding, “But Brown appears to get spooked by a sound in the house and flees, leaving Carter asleep.”
As highlighted by The Daily Wire, Brown has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and burglary. More charges are expected as forensic is reviewed. The alleged killer’s bond is set at $1.5 million, according to The Associated Press.
Brown was arrested on April 27 on a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest in a case that’s still pending. According to court documents for that charge, he lives with his parents a half-mile from where the boy’s body was found. Neighbors have said Brown was known to walk in the area.
Cash was reportedly living with his biological father’s former girlfriend. The twin boys were left in the woman’s care after their father disappeared in March.
It remains unclear if Cash was targeted by Brown, though a young man who lives at the house, Kamron Mori, 18, told local news reporters that the attack seemed like senseless evil with no motivation. “Evil. No reason. Literally, no reason,” he said, adding, “I’m already cried out.”
Mori said the 4-year-old “was a happy boy who loved superheroes,” The Dallas Morning News reported. “He used to pretend to be Iron Man and use his arms to send imaginary energy rays just like Tony Stark, Mori said.”
The report noted that Mori knew Brown from Duncanville High School and middle school, where the pair had been friends. “Friends ain’t nothing,” Mori said, lamenting Cash’s death.
According to police officials, Cash suffered a violent death by “an edged weapon.”
The child was first found by a woman out jogging, identified as Antwainese Square. According to The Dallas Morning News, Square “initially thought the boy’s body was a dog before seeing his arms and legs.”
“To see a child, covered in blood, in the middle of the street, it’s truly traumatizing,” she told local reporters.
Warning: disturbing footage
This is the disturbing moment four-year old #CashGernon was taken from his bed early Saturday morning by #DarriynnBrown, just two hours before he was found stabbed to death and dumped on the street in #Dallas, #Texas . pic.twitter.com/6PlEYltcGo
— The Daily Sneed ™ ➐ (@Tr00peRR) May 19, 2021
The full video can be viewed here at the Daily Mail.