Google’s street-mapping cameras snapped a strange scene at an address that has striking resemblance to a Detroit home where a baby was found dead in a closet earlier this year. In several images on the site’s Street View map function, a group of young men can be seen standing on the porch of a house which is reportedly identical to the home where 17-month-old Zyia Turner was found dead under a pile of clothes in her grandmother’s closet. An image of a shirtless man pointing a gun directly at the vehicle that the company uses to drive throughout neighbors across the world to catalogue streets, was captured by the camera that was housed on top of a Google Street View mapping car. “I was actually just there in July,” Jacob Wkyoff, a Maryland meteorologist who was one of the first persons to notice the shotgun in the photo, told local news reporters. “It’s certainly uneasy to see that type of stuff, I guess it happens in any major city, but Detroit sort of has a reputation now … That he actually points the gun at him?”
The Street View image and its similarity to the house were Turner was found dead was also noticed in July by commenters on the website DetroitYES.com. “It’s clearly the same house,” one commenter wrote. “Inside the house is just as scary. She never had a chance.” Turner’s cause of death remains undetermined. At the time, the family called the death an accident. An uncle who was babysitting the child said he last saw her eating cereal in the home, but that she wandered out of sight while he was in another room. He was arrested, but no charges were ever filed. “My son who was watching them, he has helped raise all his nieces and nephews,” the child’s grandmother Bridget Elam, whose home the baby was found in, told a local news station. “He would never do anything to them.”
Although the shocking imagery of a man pointing a gun at a vehicle is shocking and seems illegal, local Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters the photo is no evidence of any crime being committed. Noting that many questions remain about the age of the individual and what circumstances led him to brandish a weapon in public, Worthy said he might not have been breaking the law at all. “You do have a right to bear arms in your home,” Worthy said.
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