The 4-year-old boy who was kidnapped from a Dallas home and murdered was randomly targeted in an “evil” act, according to a man who lived with the child — as court documents emerged revealing the existence of surveillance video showing the suspect swiping the child from his crib.
Cash Gernon was sleeping when a suspect, identified by cops as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown, barged into his home through a back door and kidnapped him on Saturday.
The boy was later found dead in the Mountain Creek neighborhood in southwest Dallas, with “multiple wounds” inflicted with what police describe as an “edged weapon.”
Kamron Moori, who told KXAS-TV he lived with Cash and considered him a brother, insisted the boy was targeted for no apparent reason.
“Yes, random. Out of nowhere,” Moori told the station. “No reason for none of this. It’s not from revenge, not from hate, not from none of that.”
“Like why?” he said through tears. “He was four. Who does this to a 4-year-old kid,” he asked. “For what? For what reason? Because you want to be evil?”
Home surveillance footage showed the suspect, later identified as Brown, swiping a sleeping Cash from his crib and carrying him away around 5 a.m. Saturday, according an arrest affidavit obtained by the outlet.
“We got cameras all over the place in my house,” Moori said. “It shows him coming in, took him while he was asleep. While he was asleep. Carried him out of my house while he was asleep.”
Brown is now charged with kidnapping and theft in connection to Cash’s death. He is being held on $750,000 bail.
Additional charges are expected following a forensic analysis.
Moori said he went to Duncanville High School with the suspect, but that they are not friends.
Brown, who is known for walking around the neighborhood, is friends with Moori’s younger brother, he said.
Moori said his mother previously dated Cash’s father, who left the home several months ago — leaving the boy and his twin brother in their care.
Cash’s twin was removed from the home by Child Protective Services, and Moori’s two teen brothers were taken to their grandmother’s house, he told NBC DFW.