Missing Baby Was Dead in Grandma's Closet the Whole Time Cops Searched

closet doorIt took hours of searching, but police found a missing little girl in the early hours of Saturday morning. One-year-old Zyia Roch-Quelle Alyssa Turner hadn't left her grandmother's Detroit home at all, it seems. The baby was found inside the closet, buried under some 20 pounds of clothing.

It's a heartbreaking end to what is already a sad story. Zyia's family called police late Friday afternoon, thinking she was gone. It would take hours for police to find her body inside the house ... after they searched the neighborhood.

According to police, her mom left the 17-month-old in the care of an uncle so she could go to a medical appointment. He went into his own bedroom, leaving little Zyia and some other children unsupervised for a short period of time.

Kind of makes you wonder why they didn't start the search for little Zyia inside, doesn't it? I'm not a cop, but we are talking babies after all. Crawling babies. Kids who love to disappear into any section of the house and hide.

I know parents who have found their kids under their own cribs after their backs were turned for just a second. Heading to the closet isn't exactly ... rocket science. So I'm more than a little curious how it took nine hours (the time between 4 p.m. when she was reported missing and 1 a.m. when she was found by a cadaver dog) until this missing baby was discovered.

I don't blame the family right now. I blame the searchers. What happened to common sense, people? Can you imagine the agony this family went through?

It seems like this isn't the first time police have found the body of a missing child closer to their own home than you would expect. Last week a missing boy in Michigan was found under his porch -- although reports are now pointing to the body having been moved. Zyia, on the other hand, seems to have spent the sad last moments of her life right there in the closet. And that makes my heart hurt.

What is the first thing you do when you can't find your child? Where is the very first place you would search?


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t0vanal t0vanal

Seems like you have a lot of blame to go around for a situation you only know the highlights of.  Maybe you should hop off that high horse you're on. 

TLVitale TLVitale

Can the stir institute some sort of cap on the number of horribly depressing stories you guys post a day? It's like a bad accident, I can't look away, but good God it is depressing! I need to have more self control, but maybe you guys can write about less depressing stuff a little more often.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Blame it on Esau's family tree, like Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. < the state of Israel > (Ruth 4:5) She is the wife of the dead, and Michal is her image *1st Samuel 19:13 the earthly churches were built upon the spiritually dead *Proverbs 21:16

tigge... tigger238

If I were to blame anyone (not that I think it's right), I would point my finger at the family. They put themselves in that position by not watching the child carefully enough. It's not the searchers fault that they left their child unsupervised! Even if the closet was the first place they looked when they arrived, the outcome still would have been the same.

worki... workinm0mmy

I've read the first place you should check is your car.

momto... momtolittleg

Wait.  How exactly did the child die in the closet?  There's GOT to be more to this story.

Mindi Brizendine

So sad. If my son runs off somewhere in our small apartment, I always check everywhere. I don't understand why they didn't look EVERYWHERE in the house first though. 

Kedu Kedu

Have you seen the state of the house and the closet?  There was so much crap everywhere. I mean piles and piles of junk. I think it's lucky they found her at all. They were only able to do so with a cadaver sniffing dog.  

kleab79 kleab79

@momtolittleleg...I think being buried under 20 lbs of clothing would cause any baby to suffocate, that's a lot on top of a little person. Then again, why is this child buried under 20 lbs of clothes...makes u wonder.

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