Arrests made in 7-year-old's shooting death

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/11/2018) - Two people are in police custody in connection to the murder of a 7-year-old Flint girl.

Sources tell ABC12 the two were arrested overnight. But, so far they haven't been charged.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said no warrant requests have been made relating to Tuesday night's shooting death of 7-year-old Zaniyah Burns.

That paperwork is needed in order for the prosecutor to issue charges.

The Flint Police Department was seen at a home on the corner of Seneca Street and Mack Avenue on the city's north side just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Then, officers were spotted hours later in Mt. Morris Township at the Cedar Shores Apartments complex.

Sources said the officers picked up two people believed to be responsible for Burns' death.

Police said the 7-year-old was inside her home Tuesday night when gunshots came in from outside. She was shot in the head twice.

Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson has said the shots were likely intended for her uncle, a 16-year-old well-known to his department.

Johnson isn't commenting on the arrests. A spokesman for the department said officers are still in the process of working the case and are waiting to speak until more information is gathered.

With the two in custody, the clock is ticking. Typically, if an arrest warrant isn't obtained against suspects, they would have to be released after 72 hours.

But, former Genesee County District Court Judge Archie Hayman said police still have time to follow the proper arresting protocol.

"That can be corrected by the police presenting evidence that would establish probable cause for the arrest," he said.

But, if that's not done in the next few days, Hayman explained, "In general, they would have to let them go. Now, you know, there are things they can do to possibly continue to hold them. You know, maybe there are other warrants out for them, maybe there may be some issue with the investigation that might show good cause for still holding them beyond the period."

Hayman admits if the two are let go, they could hide or run to another state, but he said he's confident, especially based on the seriousness of the crime, that the two would be caught and brought to justice.

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