DCS releases statement on child abuse case where an adopted child's bones were found in Phoenix home
- Abusers job or title:: Adoptive parents
- Category: Adopted to death
- Created: Friday, 07 February 2020 00:17
- Written by Perry Vandell - Arizona Republic
Family of Charisma Marquez speaks out.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety released a statement Thursday afternoon on its involvement in a case in which a child's remains were discovered shortly after three other children were removed from a home in Phoenix.
DCS removed three children from the home of Rafael Loera, 56, and Maribel Loera, 50, on suspicion of child abuse in January. Phoenix police arrested the couple after firefighters noticed human remains hidden within drywall after they extinguished a fire at their west Phoenix home on Jan. 28.
Investigators later determined the remains belonged a child, and Rafael told police it was a girl who they had adopted and who died when she was 11 in 2017.
The statement began with DCS sharing its condolences to those affected.
"All of us at DCS are heartbroken about this incident," DCS spokesman Darren DaRonco said in a written statement. "While this is an ongoing investigation and we are unable to release all of the facts at this time, we grieve for the child whose remains were recently found."
Investigators first learned about the potential child abuse when an 11-year-old girl called police on Jan. 20 and told police she had been left alone at home for two days and was hungry, according to court documents
A DCS caseworker contacted Rafael Loera on Jan. 28 and had him give DCS temporary custody of a 9-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl who also lived at the home. Rafael told police he became suicidal after the children were removed and he started the house fire to kill himself.
- Abuser Name or Alias:: Rafael Loera, 56, and Maribel Loera, 50,
- Abusers Organisation:: DCS Arizona
- Type of Abuse:: Physical, Neglect, Death
- Matter Resolved?: Ongoing