DALLAS, TX – An 18-year-old Dallas man is behind bars after police say he brutally stabbed and a four-year-old boy on Saturday night.
According to the Dallas Police Department, a woman on a morning walk around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday spotted the child's body in the street.
"I was taking a walk, coming from the back end of the street. I see an image of what looks like a dog because we have a lot of loose dogs in the neighborhood. Immediately I call my mom and say, 'Hey, I think I see a dog," said Antwainese Square. "Then I see it was a child laying there deceased and I called 911 to say it was a kid."
As police investigated the "unusual" crime they found the child had multiple wounds from an "edged weapon." The injuries he sustained show the child suffered a violent death.
The woman who found the child told local media, the boy's face and upper body were covered in blood and that he was not wearing a shirt or shoes.
After searching the area, investigators determined the crime scene extended approximately 200 feet away to a bike trail and wooded area behind some homes.
At this time, the child has not been identified and police believe his family lives in the neighborhood. Authorities confirmed a parent was notified, but have not confirmed if the child had been reported missing.
As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Darriynn Brown has been charged with kidnapping and theft. Additional charges are expected to follow after law enforcement completes a forensic analysis.
Brown's bond was set at $750,000.