DALLAS – About two hours before a 4-year-old boy was found dead on a Dallas street, a man picked up the sleeping boy from his bed and carried him away, court documents said, citing a video from home surveillance.
The boy, identified by authorities as Cash Gernan on Monday, was being cared for by Cash’s father’s girlfriend, police said. The friend, who said Cash’s father had been absent since March, identified the person who took Cash from his bed at 5 a.m. Saturday as 18-year-old Daryn Brown, police said.
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A police detective watched the home surveillance video with his girlfriend, who identified Brown as the man who took the boy from his crib, according to the detective̵
Brown has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and burglary.
The friend called the police shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday to say that Cash was missing. Meanwhile, police found the boy dead around 6:50 a.m., about half a mile from her home.
Assistant Chief of Police Albert Martinez said the child appeared to have suffered a violent death and that a “weapon with blades” had been used.
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Brown’s bond is set at $ 1.5 million. His lawyer, Robbie McLung, said on Monday that she had not yet met with him, so she could not comment.
Authorities say further charges are expected after forensic evidence is reviewed.
Dallas police also said Cash’s mother did not know that he and his twin brother were caring for his father’s girlfriend and that the mother was looking for her sons. Police say Cash’s twin is already with his mother.
Brown was arrested on April 27 on charges of evading arrest in a case that is still pending. According to court documents for this accusation, he lives with his parents half a mile from the place where the boy’s body was found. Neighbors say Brown was known for walking around the area.