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Imagine the headlines on CNN and every mainstream news website if a white teenager picked a random 4-year-old black child, grabbed him from his bed and brutally stabbed him to death.
The marches and cavalcade of television personalities calling for an end to the dangers of white supremacy would be off the charts.
But that does not appear to be the case now, as an 18-year-old black man did precisely that to a 4-year-old white child, The Daily Mail reported.
A four-year-old boy was found stabbed to death on a Dallas street after he was allegedly abducted from his bed by a teen now facing charges for kidnapping.
A jogger came across the body of Cash Gernon in the city’s Mountain Creek neighborhood at around 7am Saturday, Assistant Police Chief Albert Martinez said, adding that it appeared the child suffered a violent death from an ‘edged weapon’.
Darriynn Brown, 18, was arrested in the case hours later and was charged with kidnapping and theft. Police said they also anticipate additional charges pending the results of a forensic analysis.
Cash was identified by a woman claiming to be his mother, who told WFAA that Brown had broken into her home through a back door early Saturday morning and snatched the ‘happy-go-lucky’ child while he was sleeping.
The woman, who was not named and spoke to the outlet off-camera, claimed the boy was unknown to Brown and said she had no idea what led the man to target him.
Dallas police updated the story on Monday afternoon when it said that a woman named Monica Sherrod was misidentified as Cash’s mom by the media.
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.
“Cash was left in the care of Ms. Sherrod by his father unbeknownst to his biological mother, Ms. Melinda Seagroves,” the police said.
“According to Ms. Sherrod, she has not been able to contact the father since his departure from her residence in March 2021,” it said.
“Hard to believe,” Jose Ramirez , a neighbor, said of the murder, The New York Post reported. “I don’t think [Brown] was in his right mind.”
“They were back in the alley, looking through trash containers to see if they could find any type of evidence,” he said to WFAA of the police presence. “They went down the street, and they spent a good time down there.”
Katie Guillen, another neighbor, talked to the media after she brought flowers to Cash’s makeshift memorial.
“It’s just so sad that someone woke up this morning and lost their child without a warning,” she said.
“How do you throw away someone’s body like he’s nothing? He’s someone’s kid,” she said.
Antwainese Square, 39, who was jogging in the neighborhood, initially thought there was a dog in the street until she looked closer.
“That’s when I noticed the baby had ants at the bottom of his feet. So I knew he was deceased then,” she said to the Morning News. “It was heart-wrenching because this baby could have been no more than 5.”
“It breaks my heart,” she said. “And now I’m afraid. Now I’m paranoid. Because I don’t know what happened, I don’t know what’s going on.
“I mean just knowing that someone out there is capable of killing a child, that alone is just unsettling,” she said.
“We are shocked, we are very angry about what has happened to this small child,” spokesman Albert Martinez said.