4-Year-Old Boy Found Murdered on Dallas Street

An 18-year-old has been arrested in his death
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2021 12:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – An 18-year-old man has been arrested after the body of a 4-year-old boy was found lying on a neighborhood street in Dallas, police said Sunday. Police said that Darriynn Brown has been charged with kidnapping and theft, the AP reports. Police say they also anticipate additional charges pending the results of a forensic analysis. Brown was being held Sunday in Dallas County jail on $750,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for him. Police received a call that there was a child dead in the street at about 6:50am Saturday. Assistant Police Chief Albert Martinez has said it appeared the child suffered a violent death and that "an edged weapon” was used. He said it's believed the child was killed at about 5am.

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The child's name hasn't been released, but he's believed to have lived in the southwest Dallas neighborhood where he was found, Martinez said. Antwainese Square, 39, told the Dallas Morning News she alerted authorities after seeing the boy's body while she was jogging. She said the boy's face and upper half of his body were covered in blood and that he didn't have shoes or a shirt. By midafternoon Saturday, FBI agents were focusing on a wooded trail not far from where the body was found and police were on horseback in the area. The trail, which neighbors said is popular for biking, was sealed off with crime-scene tape.

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