Updated June 9, 2021 @ 8:59 pm
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.
Updated May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Two additional charges have been filed on Mr. Brown for Burglary of a Habitation and Injury to the Elderly from a previous incident that occurred in February. This incident is documented on case number 086865-2021.
Updated May 17, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
The Dallas Police Department would like to correct misleading information that has been circulating within the news and social media regarding the death of the 4-year-old toddler discovered on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
We have received official confirmation from the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office that the toddler is Cash Gernon.
There has been a misidentification of Ms. Monica Sherrod as to being Cash’s biological/Stepmother. Cash was left in the care of Ms. Sherrod by his father unbeknownst to his biological mother, Ms. Melinda Seagroves. According to Ms. Sherrod, she has not been able to contact the father since his departure from her residence in March 2021.
Meanwhile, Ms. Seagroves, with the help of her mother Ms. Connie Ward, has been conducting an extensive search for her sons for an extended amount of time.
Cash‘s brother has since been reunited with their mother, Ms. Seagroves.
We would also like to caution the public that fraudulent GoFundMe accounts have been set up. Please verify the source before donating.
Updated May 16, 2021:
The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown. He is charged with kidnapping and burglary. Dallas investigators anticipate additional charges, pending results from a forensic analysis.
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at approximately 6:50 a.m., officers received a call regarding a child deceased on the street in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive. As a result of the investigation, an arrest has been made in the homicide of the four-year-old toddler.
The suspect is an adult male and his identity will not be released until he is booked into the Dallas County Jail.
Through the hard work of the men and women of the Dallas Police Department this criminal was brought to justice and it would not have been possible without the Dallas FBI Evidence Response Team and the public’s assistance.