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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.

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