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DCF Under Fire

MIAMI,FL (WFLX)  For 3 hours Friday, the people responsible for making sure Nubia and Victor Barahona were not placed in harm's way made their case on what they did, how they did it and why their mission failed.

In a conference room packed with reporters, leaders from the Florida Department of Children and Families laid the nuts and bolts out of their mission. Jackie Collins, DCF Regional Director, began her presentation to a 3-member panel by stating, "the circumstances on why we're here are difficult to understand."

Taking notes on the other side of the conference room, were three men, heavey-hitters in the world of childwelfare, who have been tapped to find problems. The task is the tragic result from one of the agency's most brutal crimes.

On Valentines Day, the body of 10 year old Nubia Barahona was found stuffed in a black plastic bag in the back of her adopted father's pick up truck, while her twin brother, Victor was found trembling and soaked in acid.

Following the tragedy, DCF's new top boss David Wilkins asked three members of the South Florida community to serve as an independent review panel, investigating what the agency did wrong.

 The independent review panel will meet four more times before submitting their final recommendations for systemic DCF changes on March 11th.

Meanwhile, 10 year old Victor Barahona continues to improve. According to a DCF spokesperson, he is up and about and will be discharged from the hospital soon. Once the child leaves the hospital he will be guarded from the media scrutiny surrounding this case.

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