Cash Gernon and Darriynn Brown

Capital murder charge for teen suspect in brutal killing of 4-year-old boy left dead on street

The charges against the suspect in the killing of a 4-year-old Texas boy have been upgraded nearly a month after the child was found dead.

As CBS-Dallas Forth Worth reports, 18-year-old Darriynn Brown has been charged with capital murder in the death of 4-year-old Cash Gernon.

On May 15, Cash Gernon was found dead with multiple stab wounds, his body left in the middle of the street near his Dallas home. As CrimeOnline reported, Brown had been previously charged with kidnapping and burglary in the young child’s death.

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“Evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon at the time of his death. Therefore he is also being charged with Capital Murder,” Dallas Police said in a statement obtained by the news station.

Brown was seen on nanny cam video snatching Gernon from his crib on the morning of the murder. Later the same day, the footage shows that he returned to the home in an apparent attempt to kidnap Cash’s twin brother Carter before the suspect suddenly fled.

While a motive remains unknown, the suspect was reportedly seen lurking outside Gernon’s home weeks before his death.

Brown remains in custody in the Dallas County Jail.