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DCF panels searches for warning signs in Barahona

MIAMI (WFLX)- A team of investigators met again Tuesday morning in Miami searching for answers surrounding the shocking Barahona child abuse case that began to unfold last month.

Jorge Barahona and his 10-year-old son, Victor, who had bad chemical burns on his body, were found in a truck along I-95 in West Palm Beach.

The body of Nubia Barahona, Victor's twin sister, was in the back.

As the hearing got underway Christy Lopez-Acevedo, of Children's Legal Services, testified. She said the Miami-Dade County school, where the twins attended, told her Nubia would become petrified when her foster mother, Carmen Barahona, was mentioned.

She also said that Nubia hoarded food.

During the hearing it was revealed that the Barahonas told the state that they did not want the Guardian ad Litem to come to their home.

It was also revealed that the aunt and uncle of Nubia and Victor, who lived in Texas, showed interest in taking custody of the twins numerous times.

A teacher and Nubia's principal were concerned about Nubia because she was falling behind in class and kept falling asleep. She reportedly begged them not to call her foster mother.

The principal said Carmen Barahona became defensive when confronted. The principal was concerned that Nubia was not kept clean.

According to the school Nubia attended, Nubia would carefully save/hoard food but became upset if her mother found out.

According to Lopez-Acevedo, Nubia became hysterical one time when she wet her pants and her teacher said she would be calling her foster mother.

Nubia said that her foster mother would hit her feet with sandals if she found out.

Dr. Lambert with the child protection team detailed how Nubia was diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia-- a disorder where a certain hormone isn't produced enough and, as a result, girls will have male characteristics like deeper voices and male genital parts.

Her condition was brought up because this condition can also cause body odor issues -- which were among the issues reported by school personnel when stating Nubia was unkempt, and dirty.

The doctor also stated that these issues are solved with deodorant and common sense cleaning.

Testimony wrapped up around 11:30 a.m. The Department of Children and Families plans to hold a news conference Wednesday.

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