Mar 6, 2014 4:41 PM by Brian White
TUCSON - Officials from CPS, TUSD and TPD were alerted to potential issues with Raquel and Martin Barreras before the discovery of their 3-year-old son's remains March 4.
In a news conference March 5, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said officers had been called out on a welfare check at least once before Roman's remains were found. School officials had requested the check because the Barreras children were not showing up to school.
TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene said staff at Van Buskirk Elementary "grew concerned about a pattern of unexplained absences of a student" and filed two reports with CPS and called police. That student, a member of the Barreras family, never returned to school.
Three of Raquel and Martin's children were registered in TUSD schools in the spring of 2013 but only one attended.
CPS spokeswoman Jennifer Bowser-Richards confirmed in an email sent to News 4 Tucson that there was involvement by the agency.
"We can confirm that there was prior CPS involvement and that the last involvement we know of at this point was in August, 2012. However, it will take at least another day of research in our unwieldy CHILDS system to ascertain all of the facts," she said in the email.
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