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Arizona mother detained in Mexico in connection to son's death

Authorities said Erika Parra has been detained in Mexico on suspicion of endangering her son by leaving him in the care of a man who beat the boy to death last year.

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. — A Douglas woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son in 2020.

Authorities on Thursday said 23-year-old Erika Parra was located in Mexico. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office worked with Mexican authorities to transfer her to the United States, where she was subsequently arrested and booked into the Cochise County Jail.

In November, Mario Toscano was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the killing of Emilio Smith, Parra's son.

Toscano admitted to killing the 2-year-old, who was left in his care by Parra.

Court documents show Toscano beat the child and shook him. Emilio died on Jan. 7, 2020. Toscano was arrested shortly afterwards.

Parra was being sought on three outstanding warrants, which include charges from the January 2020 investigation related to the death of Parra's son. 

Parra was charged with probation violation and child abuse. She remains in custody, pending further judicial review, according to CCSO. 

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