Authorities say, the parents hit Victor and Nubia with a shoe, whip or broom, bound their hands and feet, and locked them in a bathroom, sometimes for days. Nubia's body was found in the back of Jorge Barahona's truck. Victor, who survived, was doused in a toxic chemical.More >>
A judge granted a request to transfer Jorge Barahona to jail in Miami-Dade County Monday morning where he and his wife, Carmen, are facing murder charges in the brutal beating death of their adoptive daughter, Nubia.More >>
The investigative panel investigating the handling of Nubia Barahona has issued its report. Among the findings: "The red flag of caution and warning was raised many times: By teachers and principals, by a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and her attorney, by a nurse, by a psychologist, by Nubia's "family" stonewalling the search for fundamental information. But nobody seemingly put it all together."More >>
Two high level executives are among a handful who resigned from the Department of Children and Families after the agency has come under scrutiny in recent weeks over the death of a 10-year-old foster girl at the hands of her adoptive parents.More >>
MIAMI, FL (WFLX) One month into his job as boss of Florida's Dept of Children and Families, Secretary David Wilkins promises a full investigation into whether DCF could have prevented the death of 10 year old Nubia Barahona.
On Monday the little girl's body was found stuffed in a plastic bag in the bed of her adoptive father's pick up truck. Her twin brother, Victor, was found trembling, his body soaked in acid.
On Thursday, Secretary Wilkins made the trip from Tallahassee to fielding questions about whether or not DCF investigators missed warning signs that the children were being abused. According to DCF, a tip was called in alleging abuse on Thursday, February 10th. When DCF investigators visited the home the twins were not there. In fact, for four days DCF tried to locate the children, only to get the run around from their adoptive patents, Carmen & Jorge Barahona.
"When we go and check things out, we have to rely on what's told to us. In hindsight maybe different decisions needed to have been made," admitted Wilkins.
Wilkins says a full management and review will be conducted by an outside agency and will begin immediately.