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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There arenew developments in the case involving the discovery of a 3-year-old's skeletalremains and Casa deLos Ninos gives some insight into child abuse cases in Arizona. 

While theextended family of the toddler spoke out on Thursday to media, they had theirown questions to ask, including could the community have done more to help thisboy. 

RamonBarreras was not the only child of Raquel and Martin Barreras they had fouradditional children, ranging in age from 19 to 4 years old.  The three younger children are now in statecare.

TucsonPolice had stated they had been to the Barreras' home before, looking intoreports that the older children had not been in school.  According to reports Child ProtectiveServices had also had contact with the Barreras family, removing the childrenfrom the home in the past.

"We'vebeen in an unusual situation in Arizona," said Sue Huhn, CEO of Casa deLos Ninos.  "We've  had a 45 percent increase in child abuse reportsin the last two years and not the resources to handle it.  So it's like telling somebody to go fixsomething and not have the tools to fix it."

Casa deLos Ninos suggests one way the community can help in situations like this areto pay attention to their neighborhoods and report anything they think is suspicious.

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