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The video shows the murdered 4-year-old Dallas being taken out of bed


DALLAS – About two hours before a 4-year-old boy was found dead on a Dallas street, a man lifted the sleeping boy out of his bed and carried him away, court documents say, citing video for surveillance at home.

The boy, whom authorities identified as Cash Gernon on Monday, was being looked after by Cash’s father’s girlfriend, police said. The friend, who said Cash’s father had been absent since March, identified the person who took Cash out of his bed at 5 a.m. on Saturday as 18-year-old Darriynn Brown, police said.

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A police officer watched the home surveillance video with the girlfriend, who identified Brown as the man who took the boy out of his crib, according to the detective’s affidavit received on the Dallas Morning News. The affidavit does not contain any information about Brown’s relationship with Cash’s family, or any explanation that Brown is taking Cash.

Brown is charged with kidnapping and burglary.

The friend called the police just before 11 a.m. on Saturday to say that Cash was missing. Meanwhile, police had found the boy dead around 6:50 a.m., about half a mile from their home.

Deputy Police Chief Albert Martinez said the child appeared to have suffered a violent death and that “a sharp weapon” had been used.

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Brown’s bond is $ 1.5 million. His attorney, Robbie McClung, said Monday that she has not yet met with him so she cannot comment.

According to the authorities, additional fees are expected once the forensic evidence is verified.

Dallas police also said that Cash’s mother did not know that he and his twin brother were in the care of her father’s friend and that the mother had been looking for their sons. Police said Cash’s twin is now with his mother.

Brown was arrested on April 27 of a misdemeanor for evading arrest on a pending case. According to court records for that charge, he lives with his parents half a mile from where the boy’s body was found. Neighbors have said Brown was known for walking in the area.

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