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Daily Beast Photo Illustration / Dallas County Police Department Photos DALLAS – After 4-year-old Cash Gernon was kidnapped and murdered in Dallas last week, neighbor Jose Alvarado checked his security cameras at looking for images likely to help investigators. sent a chill through his spine.The video is from 10 weeks before little Cash was left dead by stab wounds to the ground. But it shows the teenager accused of kidnapping him, Darriynn Brown, prowling the street, opening Alvarado’s backyard door and looking inside before quickly walking away. “It’s really scary,” Alvarado told The Daily Beast. “I have two children, a girl and a boy, and they play basketball in the backyard.” Alvarado’s house shares an alley with the home of Monica Sherrod, 35, who looked after Cash and her twin, Carter. She said she was dating the twins’ father, Trevor Gernon, a 31-year-old construction worker, until he reportedly left town in March when a court ordered him to report for treatment. detoxification. the next two months – unbeknownst to their mother, Melinda Seagroves, who lives in Houston. , and came out – a spooky scene captured in grainy black and white by a baby monitor Images, obtained by the Daily Mail, show the intruder returning about two hours later, hovering over the bed where Carter stayed asleep, before suddenly leaving. as if he had been surprised by something; By that time, Cash was already dead. Antwainese Square, a Dallas teacher who lives in the neighborhood, was out for her morning walk around 6:45 a.m. when she saw a tuft of hair on the floor. thought it belonged to a dog. “I was on the phone with my mom,” Square told the Daily Beast. “As I got closer, I could see an arm and a foot and I started to cry saying, ‘Mom, I think I’m climbing on a body.’ And I started: “Mom, it’s a child! He’s a child! And the baby had blood all over his face. At that point my mom told me to hang up with her and call 911 immediately… The baby had ants all over her feet. So I pretty much knew he was gone. Square said she remembers “being in denial”, and hoped that Cash was in fact asleep, even though he was visibly dead. “I was just trying to put together all the stories I could; there was no way in my mind that i thought someone would do that to a child, ”she said, adding that she stayed with Cash’s body until the police and paramedics arrive so that no one runs over him. from their garage, I had to stop them to let them know this baby was on the floor, ”Square said. More than three hours later, Sherrod reported Cash missing. “The day he disappeared I got up late and thought it was weird,” Sherrod later told the Daily Mail. “I was like, ‘It’s already ten you guys.’ So I thought Cash was still in bed. Cash Gernon was taken from his bed on May 15. Document Later that day, police arrested Brown, 18, who lives with his parents about half a mile from where Cash’s body was found, court documents show. He was charged with kidnapping and burglary, but not murder because police said they were awaiting the results of forensic tests. Held in lieu of $ 1.5 million bail, Brown could not be reached for comment and no attorneys have been listed in court records. His mother, Mimi, told reporters she believed her son was being tricked. A tangled web of relationships, criminal records and an unknown motive hangs over the case. several children, has a criminal record that includes assault. and DWI. Trevor Gernon, who has a long rap sheet, seems to be gone; a phone number listed under his name has been disconnected. Darriynn Brown, meanwhile, is said to be a friend of one of Sherrod’s children and was seen playing with children in Sherrod’s care. Herrod initially characterized any relationship she or her children had with Brown, who was dating the same high school as at least one of the boys living in his house, as minimal. She later told a reporter that Brown visited her home two days before Cash’s murder, but was in the grocery store at the time. According to several neighbors, Brown was definitely not a face unknown in the neighborhood. One of them told the Daily Beast that the teenager regularly played football and basketball with some of the children who lived with Sherrod. Others said they spotted Brown on their Ring security cameras lying around the area. Little information has emerged on Seagroves, who now has custody of Carter. Seagroves did not respond to multiple interview requests, but his mother, Connie Ward, told the Daily Beast this week: “We’re not ready to make a statement. My family is broken. It was a nightmare to listen to and watch the news about our baby and the stories that are being reported wrong. Seagroves does not appear to have had any contact with the law, but court records show Sherrod and Gernon have records that include arrests for assault. In 2013, Sherrod pleaded guilty to assaulting his mother, Lezlee Pinkerton. According to a criminal affidavit signed by Constable Glenn Burkheimer-Lubeck of the Harris County Constable’s Office, Sherrod “intentionally hit” Pinkerton in the head and chest with his hand and pulled her to the ground, then “cause[d] bodily injury “to Pinkerton” by stomping [Pinkerton’s] toes with his feet. “The complainant reports that she believes her toes are broken,” the affidavit states. Sherrod was sentenced to two years of community supervision, participation in a domestic violence treatment program, a $ 100 donation to a family violence center, and a $ 200 fine.In 2018, Gernon was arrested by deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for assaulting his father. , Roger Gernon, during a dispute over a credit card bill, according to Texas court records. When Roger Gernon told his son he was going to call the police, Trevor grabbed the phone, bloodied his father’s arm with his fingernails and nudged him in the chest. Charged with assault and interfering with an emergency phone call, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 68 days in county jail.In addition to assaulting family members, Sherrod and Gernon have history of theft, fraud and drug possession. Sherrod’s most recent arrest was for DWI; She also pleaded guilty to identity fraud, possession of methamphetamine, driving without a license and misdemeanor theft. Neal Flanagan, who is a part-owner of a corrosion protection company, told The Daily Beast that he met Gernon in high school, then reconnected in 2016. He gave Gernon a little work because he he was struggling. Then things took a turn for the worse: “My ex-wife and I were married at the time,” Flanagan said. “We had started to have problems. She separated from me in January 2017. It was then that she and Trevor started seeing each other. “I never saw him again after,” said Flanagan. “A few years later, he sent me a message on Facebook. Like, ‘Hey buddy. How you been?’ Like nothing ever happened. “When he was sober, Gernon ‘was as good as you could ask for,” Neal’s father Johnny Flanagan said. But he added that he was not surprised that Gernon took off without his boys. guy, no matter how the wind blows, you know, and it’ll do good for several months, then hurt for several months and you know, just get up and go, ”Flanagan said. Following his drug possession charge last November, he failed to appear for a hearing on March 29, 2021 and therefore lost the $ 10,000 bond payment. arrest for his arrest. Sherrod or Gernon in court agreed to speak, citing solicitor-client privilege. Cash’s death raised many questions about his officials. But in the neighborhood where he spent his final months, the primordial mystery is why someone would kill a helpless child and leave it on the street like a trash can. Steven Monacelli The hard-working Mountain Creek section of Dallas is a quiet spot, bordered on one side by the 600-acre Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve. The houses are in good condition and the yards are clean. On the street where Cash’s body was found, locals stopped at a shrine to leave toys, flowers and other memorabilia. The woman who found Cash’s body, meanwhile, has been struggling with her emotions since this morning. It’s been really tough, “Square told The Daily Beast.” I have a 3-year-old and as we take care of this and deal with this, I’m learning that I have little triggers. If I see a little boy of 4, 3, 5, I’ll burst out crying. It’s just a trigger for me. My own daughter is like a trigger. Sometimes she says something and I cry. “Because even though I didn’t know this baby, he was just deprived of his life. So it was really hard. It was really hard to just deal with that. And no matter how hard you try to move forward, you can’t ignore what you’ve seen. Rohrlich reported from New York and Monacelli from Dallas Send it to The Daily Beast here Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.