4-Year-Old Dallas Boy Found Dead on the Street – Foul Play Suspected

Junie Sihlangu
May 17, 2021
10:00 A.M.

A neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, will never be the same again after a child’s body was found in the street. An adult male has since been arrested in relation to this incident.


On Saturday morning, the police were called out to a neighborhood in Texas. The Dallas Police Department (DPD) found a 4-year-old’s body in the street near Mountain Creek Parkway and West Wheatland Road.

The actual location of the victim’s body was in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive. Local reports revealed that at the scene, the toddler was pronounced dead by police officers who responded to the 911 call.

An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio

An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio

A resident in the area, Antwainese Square, was jogging around 6:40 a.m. when she discovered the boy's body. She couldn’t help but express her heartbreak seeing such a young child dead in the street.

Square, 39, immediately called the police and stayed at the crime scene to watch over the body. The police said they believed that the young victim was from the neighborhood where he was found dead.


The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has joined forces with the local police to investigate the matter. In a press release, Albert Martinez, the police executive assistant chief, sadly noted:

"A child was murdered through a violent act.”


Martinez shared how very upset he and other officers were about what had happened to the child. Showing how shocking the whole incident was to everyone, including authorities, Martinez also said:

"Even us as police officers, we are shocked."

On Saturday, in the middle of the afternoon, authorities focused their investigation on a wooded trail close to where the body was found. The trail, which was popular for biking, was sealed off with crime-scene tape.


Records show that Darriynn Brown was being held at Dallas County Jail on a $750,000 bond...

Multiple outlets revealed that the police had arrested a male teenager connected with the murder of the young boy. The suspect's identity was initially not released until he was booked into the county jail.

In a statement, the Dallas Police Department shared that the suspect they arrested was Darriynn Brown, 18. The teenager was charged with theft and kidnapping, but investigators believe more charges could be added.

At the moment, authorities are awaiting results from forensics to return. Records show that Brown was being held at Dallas County Jail on a $750,000 bond, but no other information has been released regarding his arrest.

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