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THE Texas teen accused of kidnapping and stabbing four-year-old Cash Gernon to death has been indicted for murder.
Darriynn Brown, 18, was arrested in May on burglary and kidnapping charges after little Cash's body was found about a half-mile from the home he was staying in.
In June, the Dallas Police Department announced that evidence in the case linked Brown to the child's death and he would also be charged with murder.
A Dallas grand jury indicted him on the capital murder charge on Monday.
The boy's body was found on May 15 with multiple stab wounds.
Brown was arrested later in the day after a surveillance video in the home allegedly showed him taking the boy from his bed around 5am.
Cash and his brother had been staying at the home of their father's girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, when the boy was taken.
Sherrod reported Cash missing about five hours after he had been taken.
Sherrod later identified the man seen in her home surveillance footage as Brown.
Authorities said Brown knew Sherrod and her teenage son, but have not released additional information about why the suspect may have taken the boy.
Brown's defense attorney said that his client had been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, according to Fox News.
The attorney, Heath Harris, said he expects the suspect to be deemed unfit to stand trial.
Brown and his attorney also previously denied that he was the person seen in the surveillance footage.
“This is not an open and shut case. Even if you believe that’s [Brown] on the video, it doesn’t mean he killed the kid,” Harris told The Dallas Morning News.
"The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, 'That’s him.'"
BROWN CAUGHT IN FOOTAGE BEFORE
However, shortly after Cash's death, residents who lived around the home called police out for failing to act after Brown was seen in another home's surveillance footage a month before the boy's death.
During a community meeting, a neighbor shared video with WFAA that allegedly showed a man who appeared to be Brown checking on door handles in his driveway on April 19.
The man told the outlet that they picked Brown out of a lineup after the teen was arrested to further the investigation.
Further security from the same night allegedly showed Brown breaking a home surveillance camera, the local claimed.
"How do we make sure that this doesn't happen again? We called a month ago and now a child's dead," the man who provided the footage said.
Brown was also reportedly seen in footage lurking outside of Sherrod's home about 10 weeks before Cash was swiped from it.
The male who is believed to be Brown is seen next to the neighbor's shared fence before he peers into Sherrod's backyard, in the clip published by the Daily Beast.
The suspect, wearing black jeans and a grey tank top, even quickly opens the back gate before promptly leaving the premises.
Dallas County prosecutors have not yet said whether they will seek the death penalty in Brown's case.
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