FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Flagstaff police have arrested three people in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy who was allegedly held in a closet with his brother for a month.
Officers went to a house nearby Cedar Avenue and Monte Vista Drive Monday after receiving a report on an unresponsive 6 year old boy. The officers immediately began life-saving measures, but were unable to resuscitate him. Firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene.
Flagstaff police said the little boy was malnourished and that his "physical appearance … was not his age". Police added that there were no obvious signs of trauma.
According to police, the boy's parents, who were later identified as Anthony Jose Archibeque-Martinez, 23 and Elizabeth Archibeque-Martinez, 26, informed officers that the child and his 7-year-old brother were being held in the bedroom closet and refused to eat at times. Police said the parents admitted it took about a month "because (the children) stole food and snuck out at night when the parents were sleeping."
During questioning, the boys' grandmother, Ann Marie Martinez, 50, admitted that she was aware of her conditions and had disciplined the children when they stole food, police said.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety took custody of the boy's surviving siblings, ages 2, 4, and 7. Police arrested her parents and grandmother and booked them into jail on suspicion of first degree murder and two child abuse cases of the Coconino district.
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