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Pima County Medical Examiner confirms death of Roman Barreras as homicide

Pima County Medical Examiner confirms death of Roman Barreras as homicide

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 10, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office has released the Roman Barreras autopsy report.

As stated in the report, "In consideration of the known circumstances surrounding this death, the available medical history and the examination of the body, the cause of death for Roman Barreras is ascribed to starvation and neglect. The manner of death is homicide."

The full autopsy results for Roman Barreras, as released by the Pima County Medical Examiner, can be read here.

On March 18, a Pima County Grand Jury indicted both 39-year-old Raquel Barreras and 45-year-old Martin Barreras on charges of first degree murder, child abuse and the abandonment/concealment of a dead body in connection to the death of their youngest son, Roman.

It started as a disturbing discovery in the 700 block of South Idaho Street on March 4.

The following day, Tucson Police Chief Robert Villaseñor revealed the identity of the toddler found dead in a toy chest as three-year-old Roman Barreras.  
 
According to the Grand Jury indictment, the child abuse by the Barreras parents causing their son's death occurred "on or about the 1st of April, 2013 through the 22nd day of January, 2014."
 
An anonymous caller reported to CPS on January 10 that Roman had not been seen for several months to a year, according to the case file 9 On Your Side obtained. 
 
Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.