Parents arrested after 3-year-old’s skeleton found in toy chest

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Raquel Barreras, Martin Barreras.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A mother and father in Arizona were arrested after police said a landlord found the skeletal remains of their 3-year-old son inside of a toy chest at their former home.

Raquel Barreras, 39, of Tucson, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of her toddler son, Roman, authorities said.

Her husband, Martin, 45, was charged with child abuse.

According to Tucson News Now, the discovery was made by the landlord who had been cleaning out a unit the couple used to live in.

The couple, along with four other children, had been kicked out at an earlier date.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in a press conference Wednesday that the boy’s remains were found in a toy chest in an “attached structure” outside the home. It was reported that the couple forced the child to sleep out there.

The deceased boy, identified as Roman Barreras, had four older siblings.

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

Read more: Tucson News Now

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