Two Arizona parents were arrested Tuesday after a fire at their Phoenix home resulted in the discovery of human skeletal remains. According to a CNN report, the couple identified as 56-year-old Rafael Loera and 50-year-old Maribel Loera face charges of child abuse after authorities earlier rescued three children in their custody.
With the new discovery, the couple now faces additional charges. They have been accused of allegedly concealing human body parts, the report said.
According to authorities, several children were removed from Rafael and Maribel's custody earlier this month after an 11-year-old girl living with them called the Phoenix Police Department on January 20 and informed them that she was left alone in the house.
The phone call by the child resulted in a welfare check, and authorities reportedly found evidence that pointed toward possible child abuse. The girl was later placed in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), which has, in the past, rescued children from potential abuse.
DCS authorities later found that the house also had two other younger kids — one aged 4 and the other aged 9. After securing a court order authorizing them to rescue the two kids, they removed the children from the custody of Rafael and Maribel.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Phoenix Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maggie Cox confirmed that all three children are safe.