An 18-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of a child who was found in the middle of a Texas street, police said.
Evidence submitted to an investigative lab linked Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon, 4, at the time of his death, the Dallas Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday. Police did not specify what the evidence was.
Brown has previously been charged with kidnapping and theft after Cash was discovered with multiple injuries around 5:30 a.m. CT on May 15 in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive.
Police said investigators believed a “knife” was used in the attack on the child.
A police spokesperson told NBC News the teenager knew the people in the house where Cash was taken.
Kamron Moori, who lived in the house with the child, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth that surveillance footage showed the suspect “took him out of my house while he was asleep.” Police have not confirmed the presence of a video.
Brown was also charged with burglary and injuring elderly people in a separate incident in February. He is being held in Dallas County Jail without bond for capital murder, records show.
Health Harris, Brown’s attorney, did not immediately return a phone call for comment on Thursday.
He told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday night that he was frustrated with the pace of the investigation, but hoped the new charge would help him gain access to the evidence.
“It’s almost a month after this tragedy and I’m still waiting to prepare this kid’s defense,” Harris said. “We can’t do it until we have all the evidence.”
Harris had previously said he was waiting for a doctor to do a mental health assessment of Brown, adding that it was “not an open and closed case.”