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Victor Barahona improving, Guardian Ad Litem speaks out


By Marci Gonzalez - bio | email

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A mixture of sadness and anger is how Guardian Ad Litem Paul Neumann describes his feeling after he learned one of the children he spent years trying to protect was found dead in her adopted father's truck along I-95 last week, and the 10-year-old's twin brother suffering from chemical burns in the passengers' seat.

Just after speaking in court on the surviving victim, Victor Barahona's case, Neumann visited the boy in the burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital saying he's smiling and seemed happy to see him.

"We just talked about what videos he's watching, he wants Pokémon cards: things you talk about with kids. He was eating his food," Neumann said.

Neumann couldn't say if Victor had learned of Nubia's death or if he was asking about his adopted mother Carmen or father, Jorge, who is charged with trying to kill him.

He also couldn't comment on the warnings he reportedly gave a judge several years ago about apparent problems in the child's West Miami-Dade home, but he says he's happy to be reassigned to the children's case.

He says it's a chance to be a friend and advocate for a boy and his two surviving adopted siblings who have been through so much.

In a status hearing at Miami Children's Court, doctors told a judge that Victor should be released from the hospital this Friday.

He'll then be placed in a therapeutic group foster home for the time being.

His adopted siblings, a 7-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy, are in DCF care.

In court Wednesday one woman assigned to the case said the children went to the dentist yesterday and the condition of their teeth was "deplorable."

Carmen Barahona did not appear in court Wednesday and has not been charged.

Meanwhile, police searched the Barahona home and yard again. They have not yet released what, if anything, was found.

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