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Who dropped the ball in protecting the Barahona twins

MIAMI (WFLX) - The independent review panel in charge of investigating the Barahona child abuse case will meet for a third time Thursday morning in Miami.

The team has been digging through a detailed timeline, searching for where DCF and other state agencies dropped the ball possibly contributing to the death of a 10-year-old girl and the hospitalization of her twin brother.

So far the testimony at these hearings has been extremely powerful. Thursday's will likely be no different.

On Tuesday at the panel's second meeting an attorney spoke.  The attorney dealt a lot with the twins as they went through the foster care and adoption systems.

She walked this panel through a meticulous timeline of what court proceedings the twins were involved in, including some complaints and heavy concerns that former teachers and principals had.

She revealed that at school, Nubia Barahona would become hysterical at the mention of her foster mother, Carmen Barahona.  She also said that Nubia would hoard food and seemed tired all the time.  She said teachers were worried about Nubia's hygiene and health.

The big question that came out of that hearing:  Did the experts that recommended the twins remain with the Barahonas know about the school concerns?

Thursday the panel is expected to investigate the requirements and backgrounds for DCF employees as well as the role that special needs have in the foster care and adoption systems.

Thursday, DCF was suppposed to give the panel transcripts from old hearings involving issues with the twins, but a judge ordered those transcripts not be dicussed in front of the public pending a court proceeding on Monday, March 7.

The judge sided with lawyers for Carmen Barahona and Guardian ad Litem who wanted those matters not made public.  The DCF wants the transcripts out in the open.  DCF will fight the ruling on Monday.

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