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Failed to Death: Loreyna Barea

6:00 PM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
LoReyna Barea
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 Age: 7 yrs.
Born: Aug 7, 1999
Died: March 9, 2007
Location: Evans
Suspect in death: Genevia Barea, aunt

Even if the accusations made Feb. 26, 2007, were true, they simply didn't amount to child abuse or neglect, county officials concluded.

A child-death review by the Colorado Department of Human Services concluded, however, that social workers violated standards by not talking to the relative to get more information.

A visitor to Barea's home, in Evans, would have seen an emaciated child with less than two weeks to live.

LoReyna Barea, 7, died March 9, 2007, of blunt-force trauma and acute dehydration.

She had at least 68 cuts and bruises and was so thin that her joints, ribs and spine were clearly visible. LoReyna weighed just 34.8 pounds, putting her below the 3rd percentile for her age.

Barea and husband Dan Partch had custody of Barea's niece, LoReyna, and her four brothers, ages 6-13. The four brothers had no reported injuries and were not malnourished.

The couple was charged with child abuse resulting in death, but Partch was acquitted and charges were dismissed against Barea. Defense lawyers argued that LoReyna hurt herself in a bike accident and would often throw herself against the wall or down the stairs.

Read the Fatality Review

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