Mar 6, 2014 11:56 PM by Stefanie Boe, Paul Birmingham
TUCSON - The News 4 Tucson Investigators obtained numerous court documents pertaining to the birth of Roman Barreras, to gain insight into the three-year-old boy's murder.
Among the documents, we found that Roman was taken from his mother, Raquel Barreras, right after his birth in July 2010. According to the document, CPS took the baby because Raquel tested positive for methadone. But she denied any use of Oxycodone while she was pregnant with Roman.
Family members tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators that all of the kids were taken into CPS custody during that time. The older children were sent to live with relatives. It's unclear when Raquel regained custody of Roman and her other kids.
Back in 2010, Raquel was placed on probation for two years, related to a charge that she obtained narcotics through fraudulent means.
Prior to that, Barreras was arrested in the spring of 2009 when she admitting to stealing a doctor's prescription pad and trying to get Oxycodone. She told the court she had an addiction to Oxycodone and needed treatment.
The documents say Barreras also had ten prior misdemeanor convictions, mostly for driving while her license was suspended. It was during that time that she was unemployed, and her children were in CPS custody.
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