New details about “thug life” suspect in murder of four-year-old boy: police say he went back later for the brother

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DALLAS, TX – New details have emerged regarding the 18-year-old suspected of kidnapping and killing a four-year-old boy in Dallas, Texas earlier in May.

It turns out that not only does the suspect have a prior arrest that occurred back in April, but that the suspect personally knew the victim and the family with which the young victim stayed with.

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on May 15th, four-year-old Cash Gernon was sleeping inside of the bedroom he shared with his twin brother when surveillance video inside of the bedroom showed a male suspect hovering over the child and taking him from the home.

Then, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the suspect returned to the same bedroom and stood over Cash’s twin brother before seemingly getting startled and leaving the home without doing anything to the remaining child in the room.

Cash and his brother were reportedly living with a woman by the name of Monica Sherrod, who has four children of her own.

Apparently, Sherrod was the ex-girlfriend of the twins’ father, who reportedly fled the home some time in March due to legal issues.

Sherrod recalled having woken up at approximately 10:00 a.m. on the morning of the kidnapping, rhetorically wondering why she didn’t hear anyone break into the home:

“I’m wondering why we didn’t hear him break in. The day that he was missing, I got up late and thought it was weird. I was like, ‘It’s 10 o’clock already, you guys.’ So I figured Cash was still in bed.”

Sherrod stated that Cash’s twin brother told her that Cash “went outside,” and that she began to search for him. Sometime thereafter, Sherrod heard about local reports of a young child’s body being discovered by a jogger:

“I was crying and confused and in a million pieces and praying they would still find Cash and that that little boy wasn’t Cash. I kept telling my daughter, that’s not Cash.”

The jogger who found Cash’s body was identified as 39-year-old Antwainese Square, which she happened upon the boy’s body at approximately 6:45 a.m. within the Mountain Creek neighborhood.

Cash had reportedly been stabbed multiple times, which Square described the moment when she realized what she had come across while jogging:

“At first I thought what I saw was a dog, but as I got closer I started noticing things, like a hand. And I just started screaming.”

Police wound up arresting 18-year-old Darriynn Brown, which he was reportedly wearing an ankle monitor during the time of the offense.

However, he has only been officially charged with kidnapping and theft – but authorities say Brown will likely face additional charges following the pending results of a forensic analysis.

Sherrod says that she’s familiar with the suspect in the case, noting that Brown is the brother of one of her son’s friends:

“I know Darrilyn. He is the brother of a friend of my other older sons.”

According to reports, Brown was out on bond in connection with an April 27th charge for evading arrest.

Dallas Police had reportedly received a call about a suspicious person sitting inside of a vehicle scoping out homes within the Red Bird neighborhood. Authorities say that a records check of the vehicle in question showed that the car was listed as stolen.

When police attempted to make contact with Brown in relation to the April 27th call, he reportedly fled on foot from officers. He was later apprehended following a brief foot chase.

Authorities proclaimed to have found a small amount of marijuana in Brown’s possession during the time of arrest but noted that the amount was too minuscule to levy a possession charge.

As of this time, authorities have not detailed any possible motive related to the kidnapping and killing of Cash.

Brown is currently being held on $1.5 million bail for the theft and kidnapping charges as of this writing.

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In other ongoing investigations regarding juvenile victims, police are searching for the person responsible for shooting an 8-year-old boy in the knee in Chicago earlier in May. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – A shooting that transpired in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago’s West side on the evening of May 13th resulted in an 8-year-old boy being shot in the knee. Still in the hospital, the young boy recently spoke with a local news crew about the harrowing experience.

The incident took place at approximately 6:00 p/m/ along the 4300 block of W 18th Street on the evening of May 13th.

Witnesses nearby the shooting incident claimed to have heard as much as 45 rounds go off. Reportedly, investigators recovered at least 30 shell casings from the scene while investigating.

The young boy, identified as Romio, was struck in his right knee during the shooting. Witnesses also claimed that they were other children playing nearby when the shooting occurred.

Investigators believe that the child was not the target of the shooting.

One local, Andrew Holmes, rhetorically posed who is going to have the courage to come forward and name the shooter responsible for injuring the child:

“Who is going to identify the shooter? Who is going to tell on the shooters? Look at the numbers and the ages of the children that have been shot. Seven, eight, nine, 10, 11.”

Authorities have yet to identify and arrest a suspect in this case.

Speaking from his hospital bed, with his father alongside him, Romio recounted the moment he heard the gunfire:

“Somebody was coming through, and I heard gunshots. I knew it was gunshots, so I tried to run.”

“I was just standing outside. It was pretty hot, and it was mostly kids out there.”

Unfortunately, the young child was struck. Locals nearby had collected the child and rushed him over to Mt. Sinai Hospital after the incident. Romio has since undergone surgery on his knee for the gunshot wound.

Romio’s father, Mikey, questions why these sorts of shooters don’t even meet the incredibly low threshold of telling children to leave if they’re genuinely intent upon committing such a wanton act of violence:

“If you see kids standing outside, and you know it’s a ‘war zone’ outside, tell the kids to move and go in the house.”

Mikey has been beside his child ever since the shooting, noting that Romio is “very traumatized by the situation,” but also stated that Romio is “a very smart kid, and he’s a very strong kid.”

The child’s father believes that whoever is responsible for shooting his son must “feel pretty guilty,” and described the heartache associated with seeing his child in pain:

“It’s just a terrible feeling to watch your son suffer and cry all night.”

Despite the circumstances and his injury, Romio is optimistic and looking forward to when he can leave the hospital:

“I’m OK, and when I make it out of here I will try to see everyone if I can.”

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