Tucson Police ID remains, arrest parents - Tucson News Now

Tucson Police ID child's remains, arrest parents

Police say the remains were found in a plastic toy chest similar to the one seen in this photo of the backyard. Police say the remains were found in a plastic toy chest similar to the one seen in this photo of the backyard.
Martin Barreras booking photo from 1995. (Source: Tucson Police Department) Martin Barreras booking photo from 1995. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Raquel Barreras (Source: Tucson Police Department) Raquel Barreras (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities arrested the parents of a 3-year-old boy, whose remains were found in a toy chest Tuesday at a vacant home on Tucson's south side. 

Tucson Police said the discovery was made by the landlord, who had been cleaning up a back unit at a triplex near West Irvington Road and South 12th Avenue.

Police made contact with parents Martin Barreras, 45, and Raquel Barreras, 39, Tuesday night in the 100 block of W. Pennsylvania Avenue. They both face child abuse charges and Raquel was also charged with homicide, officials said.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in a press conference Wednesday the deceased child, identified as Roman Barreras, had four older siblings. Police confirmed there is a 19-year-old girl, 12-year-old boy, 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old girl in the Barreras family.

Villasenor said the child's remains were discovered in a toy chest.

"How anyone could do that to someone is very difficult to understand," Villasenor said. "We want to make sure we're very thorough in investigating this type of case."

According to TPD, the unit in which the remains were discovered had been vacant for some time. Villasenor said police had checked on the home in November 2012.

Villasenor said CPS had taken and returned the children before, though the date that happened was unclear.

A neighbor, Miguel Rabago, said he remembers someone living in the home recently.

"They never went out in the day, you never saw the adults.  They moved in at 3 in the morning.  Everything they did they did at night or 2 or 3 in the morning," Rabago said.  "It was really kind of weird." 

Homicide Survivors is scheduled to hold a press conference with the family of Raquel Barreras Thursday at 10 a.m.

Stay with Tucson News Now both on air and online for updates on this case.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Sound The Alarm event

    Sound The Alarm event

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:57 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:57:53 GMT
    Red cross crews install smoke alarm at an earlier event. (Source: Red Cross of Southern Arizona)Red cross crews install smoke alarm at an earlier event. (Source: Red Cross of Southern Arizona)

    The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is striving to reduce this ongoing problem by hosting an event called Sound The Alarm. 

    The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is striving to reduce this ongoing problem by hosting an event called Sound The Alarm. 

  • Hotspots in Tucson for "hands free" ordinance violations

    Hotspots in Tucson for "hands free" ordinance violations

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:33:02 GMT

    Two hot spots for ticketing distracted drivers in the county are Cardinal and Valencia and Ajo and Palo Verde. 

    Two hot spots for ticketing distracted drivers in the county are Cardinal and Valencia and Ajo and Palo Verde. 

  • Shooting reported on Campbell near Sunnyside High School

    Shooting reported on Campbell near Sunnyside High School

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:09:52 GMT

    One person was shot in the face at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan spokesman with the Tucson Police Department.  

    One person was shot in the face at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan spokesman with the Tucson Police Department.  

Powered by Frankly