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Grandmother’s Trial Called Off In The Case Of A Boy Who Was Starved To Death In Flagstaff In 2020


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The grandmother of a six-year-old Flagstaff boy, who passed away in March of 2020 after he was locked in a closet for about a month and held without food, won’t go to trial next week. Ann Martinez was set to go on trial on first-degree murder, kidnapping and child abuse charges, but a judge will first determine if she is mentally fit to stand trial. Six-year-old Deshaun Martinez was found unresponsive at a home in the 31-hundred block of North Monte Vista Drive at around 12:39 p.m. back on March 2nd, 2020. Officers immediately began life-saving efforts until medical personnel arrived. They were not able to resuscitate Martinez and he was pronounced dead at the scene. His parents admitted to police that the boy, and his seven-year-old brother, were kept in the bedroom closet for about a month and denied food at times. The brother also appeared to be malnourished. The parents, and their grandmother, admitted the boys were being punished for stealing food by sneaking out of the house while the parents slept. Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Jose Archiqebue-Martinez, 28-year-old Elizabeth Archibeque-Martinez and Ann Martinez are facing first degree murder, child abuse and kidnapping charges. All three have pleaded not guilty, but are being tried separately.