Dallas County Jail

DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas Police Department has announced a capital murder charge in connection with the May 15th slaying of 4-year-old Cash Gernon.

18-year-old Darriynn Brown was initially arrested in connection with Gernon's death and charged with kidnapping and burglary of a habitation, pending further forensic laboratory testing.

"Evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon at the time of his death," read a statement from the Dallas Police Department just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday. "Therefore he is also being charged with Capital Murder."

On May 27, Dallas police additionally charged Brown with burglary of a habitation and injury to an elderly person related to a previous incident in February.

Gernon was found deceased on the street in the 7500 block of Saddlebridge Drive in Dallas, Texas, at approximately 6:50 a.m., on May 15, 2021.

Police have not yet released details on what led to the child's homicide or any other circumstances surrounding the case, citing an active and ongoing investigation.

"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," stated the department upon Brown's initial arrest last month.

Brown is being held at the Dallas County Jail on no bond for the capital murder charge and a combined bond amount of $1.625 million on the kidnapping, injury to an elderly person, and the burglary of a habitation intend other felony charges.