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 (WFLX) - The biological father of the Victor and Nubia Barahona is speaking out for the first time.
Victor Bustillo told a reporter for WTVJ he knew he couldn't trust Carmen and Jorge Barahona. "I had a strong feeling, I had a strong feeling they wasn't good people."
He hasn't been allowed to contact the children since he lost custody after his arrest for accusations of sexual assault against another child.
Meanwhile, the twins' adopted mother, Carmen Barahona, announced through her attorney she is filing for divorce from Jorge Barahona.
He remains at the Palm Beach County jail charged with attempted murder and child abuse. Carmen has not been charged, nor has anyone been charged in connection with 10-year-old Nubia's death either.
Tuesday morning, in a Miami court, a judge ruled in the case involving the Barahonas' biological granddaughter, 6-year-old Alessandra Perez.
It was the Alessandra who made the call to the DCF hotline in an effort to save her adopted aunt and uncle, Victor and Nubia. Their bodies were found in Jorge's truck on the side of I-95 in West Palm Beach a few days after Alessandra's call was made.
Nubia's body was in a bag covered in chemicals in the back of the pick-up truck.
Victor was found convulsing in the passenger seat, covered in chemicals, as well.
The DCF attorney alleged the girl, who reported the abuse, was threatened by her mother not to tell anyone about the on-going horrors in the Barahonas' West Miami-Dade home.
The judge ruled to deny the mother contact with her daughter, and instead leave the girl in her father's care.