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Tucson woman awaits sentence in death of 3-year-old son

TUCSON – The Tucson woman convicted in the death of her 3-year-old son is expected to be sentenced Monday afternoon.

In May, Raquel Barreras was found guilty for first-degree murder and child abuse.

The skeletal remains of Barreras’ son, Roman, were found by a landlord in a toy chest in 2014. Authorities say the chest was left behind when the family moved out of that home in Tucson.

Barreras and her husband, Martin Barreras were taken into custody on multiple felony charges in connection to their son’s death that year.

According to court documents, the siblings of the 3-year-old told police that Roman was starved to death. The autopsy report revealed that starvation and neglect were listed as causes of death. However, the time of death could not be determined.

Martin Barreras’ trial is set to begin in August.

Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Specialist for KVOA News 4 Tucson. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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